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May 5, 2015

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#FSYALit: Doubt and the Teenage Religious Experience, thoughts on EDEN WEST (Pete Hautman), a #FSYALit post by Ally Watkins

#FSYALit: Doubt and the Teenage Religious Experience, thoughts on EDEN WEST (Pete Hautman), a #FSYALit post by Ally Watkins

Something Karen tweeted as we were discussing this project a while back really stuck with me. She said that discussing religion is difficult because everyone assumes they’re coming from correct place. Man, is that ever true. And it rings even truer in EDEN WEST, Pete Hautman’s latest about a 17-year-old boy named Jacob who has […]

Friday Finds – April 24, 2015

Friday Finds – April 24, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month #FSYALit: Orthodox Representation in YA Lit Middle Grade Monday – The Power of Doorstops What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Spring The Trouble with Telling, author Kristin Halbrook discusses her new release EVERY LAST PROMISE for #SVYALit March Arc […]

#SecondChanceChallenge

#SecondChanceChallenge

One Friday night Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver), The Tween and I were at Half Price Books, as we do, when we realized that Mary had not read The Raven Boys. She started it, but didn’t finish. And to The Tween, those were fighting words. So we began talking on Twitter about the books we DNFed for […]

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

The title of Amanda Filipacchi‘s latest novel says it all. So many teens are so very conscious of appearances, I can only imagine that this book will incite discussion. The cover and title alone are likely to inspire certain readers to pick it up. It also fulfills that frequent request for funny books (the humor […]

April Post TLA #ARCParty

I spent last week gloriously submersed in the Texas Librarian Association conference. I met some great authors, had some great dinners, hung out with some great librarians, and learned things. I’ll share more of those things that I learned soon. But the first thing we did when we got back was try and organize the […]

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

#tearyya: the books that made us cry (and a sneak peek at VIOLENT ENDS)

#tearyya: the books that made us cry (and a sneak peek at VIOLENT ENDS)

Yesterday I read an ARC of VIOLENT ENDS, and it made me cry. In a couple of places actually. That doesn’t happen as often as you would think it would. So that got me thinking, what books have made you actually cry? Several people shared their Teary YA Reads on Twitter with the hashtag #tearyya […]

March Arc Party: What the tweens/teens thought of some upcoming titles

March Arc Party: What the tweens/teens thought of some upcoming titles

Because of Music and then YouTube Week, this post got pushed back. But I figure I better get it up because we just had another #ARCParty last night which I need to put up for you all. So, without further ado, here’s the recap of the March #ARCParty. It is time once again for another […]

The Trouble with Telling, author Kristin Halbrook discusses her new release EVERY LAST PROMISE for #SVYALit

The Trouble with Telling, author Kristin Halbrook discusses her new release EVERY LAST PROMISE for #SVYALit

In my new release, EVERY LAST PROMISE, Kayla, the main character, witnesses an assault, but doesn’t speak up about it. It wasn’t an easy point-of-view to write but, in my mind, it was an important one to explore. As small-town rape cases continue to be publicized in the media, I find myself thinking about the […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Spring

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Spring

Every other month I’ll be doing a roundup of new and forthcoming YA books (and sometimes some non-YA books) featuring LGBTQIA+ characters. I’ll try to include as many titles as possible. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know of a forthcoming title that should be on my radar for an upcoming list? Leave […]

Middle Grade Monday – the Power of Doorstops

Middle Grade Monday – the Power of Doorstops

The last conference I attended had a wonderful session entitled ‘Radical Hospitality in the School Library Media Center.’ And I’m not just saying that because it was a friend and colleague who was presenting. It was really wonderful. I’ve strived since my first library to find ways to make the students feel welcome and wanted […]

#FSYALit: Orthodox Representation in YA Lit

Over the past year, I have seen an increase of representation of Protestant Christians in YA lit that isn’t published by a Christian publisher. Maybe it’s just because I have been looking for it more for this discussion, but it does in fact seem like there has been a genuine increase in authors recognizing and […]

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two Speculative Fiction Genre Blends

Two books with huge teen appeal today, both by authors comfortable writing in multiple speculative fiction genres. First, a fantasy novel by Daryl Gregory. You may have heard of Afterparty, last year’s science fiction novel that created quite a buzz and ended up on a few Best lists. I read Raising Stony Mayhall back in […]

Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

Sunday Reflections: She is Safe? A Personal Reflection for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

I woke up that Sunday afternoon, groggy from an after church nap, wiping sleepies out of my eyes and wondering why my friend was standing there next to me shaking and crying. As I blinked into a form of consciousness, I feared what this moment would reveal, how it would change our lives. The longer […]

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

Friday Finds – April 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: YouTube Killed the MTV Star (#YouTubeWeek) From the Screen to the Page: How the YouTube Sensation Became a YA Book, a guest post by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel (#YouTubeWeek) Middle Grade Monday – YouTube for the Tween Crowd #SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews […]

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, Virtual Communities, and Teen Sexual Health

YouTube, like the Internet as a whole, has been invaluable in helping people find their virtual tribes. You may be the only Brony you know in the tri-state area, but other Bronies are always only a few clicks away (if you have good Internet access.) Similarly, teens have been building communities through YouTube since its […]

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

#YouTubeWeek: What’s Hot on YouTube, a guest post by Rose

Today’s post is brought to you by another one of the smart teenagers I know, Rose. Rose is here to give us a rundown on some of her favorite things on YouTube.   Yay, YouTube! On YouTube, you can learn about new music or artists, find new makeup to try, relax, or gain new skills. […]

#YouTubeWeek: A BookTube Crash Course, a guest post by AbbyRoseReads

#YouTubeWeek: A BookTube Crash Course, a guest post by AbbyRoseReads

Today’s post is brought to you by my fantastically smart teenage friend Abby. I know Abby through the YA book club I run at the public library. She has previously guest posted  on YALSA’s The Hub during Teen Read Week. Today Abby is giving us a crash course in BookTube. What is BookTube? It’s exactly […]

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

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

Today the book All the Rage by Courtney Summers is finally released into the world. It’s a great book. It’s an important book. It’s the type of book that encourages dialogue about important and very relevant cultural issues. While Rolling Stone is retracting their UVA rape story and causing many to question the reality of […]

ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books; Teen Read Week Grants; Springtime Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The American Library Association has announced 2014’s most frequently challenged books. Teen Read Week grants are available from YALSA. Enter in two YA book giveaways. See how one librarian hosted a Doctor Who–themed lock-in with great success.