October 5, 2015

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Middle Grade Monday – The Shrunken Head (Curiosity House #1)

We all feel, sometimes, as if we a re living in a house full of freaks; in this case it’s true. Philippa, Thomas, Sam and Max are all orphans living in and working for Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders in the New York City of the 1930’s. Owned and operated by Mr. […]

Sunday Reflections: Yes, Teens Still Read! Texas Teen Book Festival Recap

I have been told by some readers that my Sunday Reflections always make them cry, to which I must say I’m sorry. So today I bring you a Sunday Reflection full of joy. Yesterday, The Teen and I (and Thing 2, though she had much different feelings about it then us) drove down to Austin, […]

Friday Finds – September 24, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Be a leader. Be a troop leader. TPiB: DIY Chalkboard Fun Middle School Monday – Color Coding and the Tweenage Brain Book Review: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler TPiB: Locker Crafts Video Games Weekly: Video Game Genres 101 Back to School with BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican Circulating […]

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Either the Beginning or the End of the World by Terry Farish | SLJ Review


FARISH, Terry. Either the Beginning or the End of the World. 200p. ebook available. Carolrhoda Lab. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781467774833.
Gr 9 Up–Almost 17-year-old Sofie lives with her fisherman father and dog on the rugged and unforgiving Pisqataqua River in New Hampshire. For as long as she can remember, it’s been just the two of them, making ends meet the best they can. An early closure of the shrimping season forces her father down south to the Chincoteague, but […]

Fighting for Phoenix

I know that this is a blog about serving teens, but I need to talk to you about Phoenix. You see, Phoenix is a 7-year-old boy who tried to take his life, and sadly this is not the first time. If I’m remembering correctly, Phoenix was 5 when he tried the first time, though possibly […]

Circulating Maker Kits Update

Several of you have asked me to keep you updated on the Circulating Maker Kits that we started in late July and early of August 2015 at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH). To date we have 16 kits and yesterday 6 of them were checked out. To date the 16 […]

Diversity and Women Win Big at Indie Comics’s Small Press Expo


In its 21st year, the Small Press Expo (held on September 19–20 in Bethesda, MD) celebrated indie and self-published comics, diversity, and the female-led 2015 Ignatz Awards.

Back to School with BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican

With school back in session, the artist Cassandra Siemon has created new illustrations to accompany excerpts of Anthony Breznican’s dark coming-of-age novel Brutal Youth, which is new in paperback. One of the chief antagonists in the book is Ms. Bromine, a guidance counselor at St. Michael the Archangel high school who has become unhinged with […]

Video Games Weekly: Video Game Genres 101

This week, I wanted to reach out to those of you who are not very familiar with video games. So, I thought it might be helpful to write out a list of video game genres and definitions! I will probably be linking to this article frequently, and will update it as new genres/terms emerge in […]

The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos | SLJ Review


Gantos’s latest fictionalized novel based on his own childhood explores tween Jack’s obsession with the bad kid next door.

TPiB: Locker Crafts

It’s back to school time which for a lot of middle school and high school teens means one thing – LOCKERS! Well, I’m sure it means a lot of things. But for the creative side of me it means LOCKERS! I love making a locker personal, which means MAKING STUFF. We’re all about making! So […]

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs | SLJ Review


SLJ reviews the latest installment in Ransom Riggs’s YA crossover series, “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.”

Book Review: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Publisher’s description: Critically acclaimed memoirist Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice, takes an unflinching look at what happens to a small town when some of its residents commit a terrible crime. This honest, authentic debut novel—inspired by the events in the Steubenville rape case—will resonate with readers who’ve ever walked that razor-thin line between guilt […]

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett | SLJ Review


SLJ reviews Terry Pratchett’s last novel, a cleverly crafted fantasy starring the intrepid teen witch, Tiffany Aching.

Much-Anticipated Titles from Judy Blume, Ernest Cline, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens


In today’s column, I introduce you to eight books by favorite authors. Whose favorite? Well, teens, for one. Also: the Alex committee, AB4T columnists, and the world at large. These are some much-anticipated releases by authors we are always excited to see come out with new work. In an attempt to get through all eight, I’m going to try to pair them up to make sense of them. We’ll see how I do.

“TLT” Blog Seeks Contributors for YA Lit and Mental Health Project


A discussion of mental health and YA, #MHYALit, has launched on the Teen Librarian Toolbox blog. Contributors are wanted to pen guest posts and share resources.

Middle School Monday – Color Coding and the Tweenage Brain

One of my favorite things about my current job is an after school club I run called “Readers Club.” The name confuses some of the parents, but the students seem to understand. It’s a club for students who love reading, but we don’t read books together. Basically, it’s a student advisory board/booster club for the […]

TPiB: DIY Chalkboard Fun

We’ve all seen pictures of some of the amazing chalkboard signs outside of book stores with their witty saying about reading. I give everyone bonus points if they make a Tardis reference because I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. Plus, the Tardis is just cool. Workman Publishing has a great book that will help us […]

Be a leader. Be a troop leader.

I’ve said it on Twitter a number of times, but I really do mean it, so I’m going to say it here again, firmly: become a scout leader. If you are interested in becoming a YS or YA librarian, or are seeking your first YS or YA librarian job, or think maybe becoming a YS or […]