February 7, 2016

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Book Review: Burn by Elissa Sussman

Publisher’s description Burn is the thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray. This engaging and imaginative continuation of the original fairy tale begun in Stray will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of the musicals Wicked and Into the Woods. After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, […]

#MHYALit: Author Tamara Ireland Stone Interviews a Teen Called C about OCD

Today as part of the #MHYALIt Discussion author Tamara Ireland Stone presents an inteview with C, the teenage inspiration for the book Every Last Word. Yesterday, C shared with us 10 Things I Wish You Knew About OCD. Thank you to Tamara and especially to C for sharing her experiences. My newest novel, Every Last […]

Ruta Sepetys on Unearthing an Untold Story of World War II in “Salt to the Sea”


SLJ caught up with the acclaimed YA author of Between Shades of Gray to discuss her latest historical fiction novel about the world’s worst maritime disaster, Salt to the Sea.

Video Games Weekly: Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival

This is the second Animal Crossing that I have reviewed! If you want to read an introduction about the series or about the 3DS game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Academy click here. I bought this game for myself because I haven’t dabbled with Nintendo amiibo yet, so half of this post will be talking about […]

SPONSORED: Hooray for YA! Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen Congratulate their Winners

#SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews author Courtney Summers

Sponsored: Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen congratulate their many ALA-YALSA Award Winners, including Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Sarah McCarry’s About a Girl.

#MHYALit: 10 Things I Wish You Knew About OCD, by author Tamara Ireland Stone and C

My newest novel, Every Last Word, is about a girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who discovers a secret poetry club that changes her life in unexpected ways. It was inspired by a family friend who was diagnosed with OCD when she was 12-years-old. I call her C. I wrote this book for her, and with […]

Teens Review Veronica Rossi’s “Riders,” Sci-Fi, and More

teen reviews starflight

A teen reviewer gives a glowing review to Veronica Rossi’s latest series opener, and another young adult swoons over Melissa Landers’s Starflight.

Gregory Maguire’s “After Alice,” Speculative Fiction, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

After Alice

Mark Flowers looks at a wide assortment of speculative fiction titles and a book that seems like it should be science fiction but is actually nonfiction.

Book Review: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Publisher’s description In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past. Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim […]

Life Lessons from Gayle Forman

I was excited to be invited to help celebrate the paperback release of Gayle Forman’s I Was Here by sharing some of my favorite quotes from her books. I feel a special connection to I Was Here. You see, seven years ago I lost my best friend as well. While I didn’t have quite the same experience […]

Booktalks and Book Reports in a Digital Age | Tech Tidbits


Teacher librarian Phil Goerner explains how librarians can help students implement digital tools to create 21st-century booktalks and book reports.

#MHYALit: How Libraries Can Help Teens, by Librarian Dawn Abron

Today an experienced teen librarian shares with us some of her tips for helping teens who want to investigate mental health issues with anonymity navigate the library. As a teen librarian, we get to know a large number of teens. Many of the teens in our library see us as a nonjudgmental confidant and they […]

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith | SLJ Review

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Smith, Amber. The Way I Used to Be. 384p. ebook available. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481449359. 

Gr 9 Up –Eden is a quiet band nerd and a freshman when her brother’s best friend, Kevin, rapes her. Eden’s entire life is changed from that moment. Life no longer makes sense. She believes Kevin’s threats and doesn’t tell anyone what happened. The next four years of her life are shaped by […]

Middle School Monday – Me and Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt – Guest Post and Review

Me & Miranda Mullaly by Jake Gerhardt goes on sale tomorrow, January 26th. Today, Jake joins us to provide a little insight into his own middle school experience. The Dance             When I was in middle school my friends and I went to a lot of dances. Our school, Elkins Park, held a handful of dances. […]

Sunday Refelctions: Thinking About Flint

10 is the magic number. When you reach the number 10, that’s when the county health department sends you a letter letting you know that your child has high levels of lead in their blood. At least, that’s what happens when you live in a county that is not trying to cover up for a […]

Friday Finds – January 22, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Worst Week Ever Anxiety, Me and Fangirl, a guest post by Danielle Masterson Middle School Monday – The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary The Story is Enough: Writing the Books I Needed to Read, a guest post by Jackie Lea Sommers January #ARCParty – A Look at January, […]

#MHYALit: Pretending to be Normal: A Story About My Anxiety by Jessica Sankiewicz

Today we are excited to have Jessica joining us to discuss anxiety. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. Near the end of last summer, I had it brought to my attention that I might have anxiety. This is something I never thought possible for me. I suppose part of the blame rests on […]

Bright Ideas Abound at YALSA’s Summer Learning Workshop


The secrets to running a popular summer learning experience for teens at public libraries were shared at a special session at this year’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Book Review: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of School Library Journal. FEDERLE, Tim. The Great American Whatever. 288p. […]

Book Review: The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Publisher’s description When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn’t be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they […]