April 29, 2016

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Mind the Gap: Serving Readers in Sixth Through Eighth Grade

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Middle school librarian Amanda Buschmann offers tips for helping build collections and serve readers in that tricky range between sixth and eighth grade.

“American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” | Professional Shelf

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In American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales explores the impact of social-networking sites, dating apps, and Internet use on teenage sexuality, gender roles, and behavior—online and off.

True Dystopia: Three New Wartime Novels for Tweens | The Upper Deck

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These three recent historical novels about wartime survival should appeal to upper middle graders and teens.

Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi | YA Series Update

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The following are some of the latest installments in popular YA series. The highlighted choices include some classic romances, science fiction, dystopians, horror, a modern-day take on Shakespeare, and political thrillers that teens won’t want to miss.

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Book Review: Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

Thanks to Penguin generously donating some ARCs for Kirstin’s recent visit to my library, I have two extra to raffle off. You can enter via the Rafflecopter, by (re)tweeting this review, or by following me on Twitter (@CiteSomething). Contest runs 4/19 to 4/21. US entries only, please.  Publisher’s description In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating […]

#MHYALit: Shattered Illusions: Growing up with a Bipolar Father, a guest post by Kim Baccellia

“What’s wrong with Dad?” No one spoke out loud about my father’s strange behavior, but I knew something wasn’t quite right with him.  My question would be answered with either silence or in a lowered voice, “We don’t discuss that.”   There were days he’d be like a helium balloon, filled with so much air […]

Get Teens Interested in Digital Preservation

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With Digital Preservation Week nearly upon us, here’s how to entice a group that can be slow to embrace the idea—–teens—to pick up the gauntlet.

Book Review: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

Publisher’s Book Description Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers […]

Middle School Monday: Django Wexler guest post

      Today, author Django Wexler joins us to talk about some of his middle school experiences and how he would handle the challenges his main character faces: From the point of view of my later life, two important things happened in middle school. The first was that I started playing D&D with a […]

Sunday Reflections: They Don’t Care About Your Test Scores, They Are Just Trying to Survive

Each time I sit in the Teen MakerSpace and talk with my teens, I learn something new. It’s a revelation to have them trust you enough to pull back the curtain on their lives and see the struggles they face. In an ideal world, every policy maker, every politician, every corporation would have to take […]

Sunday Reflections: They Don’t Care About Your Test Scores, They Are Just Trying to Survive

Each time I sit in the Teen MakerSpace and talk with my teens, I learn something new. It’s a revelation to have them trust you enough to pull back the curtain on their lives and see the struggles they face. In an ideal world, every policy maker, every politician, every corporation would have to take […]

Friday Finds: April 15, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: What if Best Friends Aren’t Forever? Mental Health in YA Lit Chat for #ReadYALit Middle School Monday: Curiosity House: The Screaming Statue by Lauren Oliver #MHYALit: Nineteen Years of Living, a guest post by Shaun David Hutchinson Book Review: ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson Video Games Weekly: Street Fighter […]

Book Review: My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin

Publisher’s description Football hero. Ninja freestyler. It’s seventh grade. Anything is possible. All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are […]

#MHYALit: Teens, Mental Health and the Places it Takes Them, a guest post by Kerry Sutherland

Today Kerry Sutherland discusses some recent titles she has read that depict teens in marginalized situations as a result of mental health in their lives. See all of the posts in our Mental Health in Young Adult Literature series here.  Many of the books I have discovered during my time with the In the Margins […]

Take 5: Ways to combat summer fatigue

My summer newsletter items are due in a matter of days, and I’m already exhausted. Anyone else? This year should be easier for me. We finally have a part time position tasked with serving tweens, so the pressure to plan for grades 5-12 all together has been lifted and I can just focus on teenaged teens… […]

#MHYALit: Eating the Nuts, a guest post reflecting on depression by author Mackenzi Lee

  Today we are honored to host author Mackenzi Lee as part of the #MHYALit Discussion. See all of the posts in our Mental Health in Young Adult Literature series here.  When I was eleven years old, I discovered I was allergic to nuts. This might be a thing you did not know about me, […]

Doctor Who Comics Day; YALSA’s Teens’ Top 10 | SLJTeen News

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This SLJTeen news roundup highlights plenty of opportunities to win prizes and info about upcoming conferences and stipends.

Video Games Weekly: Street Fighter V

Last week, I reviewed a fighting game called Pokken Tournament. This week, I’m reviewing Street Fighter V, which if you can’t tell by the title, is another side-scroller fighting game.  It’s difficult to compare the games because Pokken Tournament is Pokemon’s first stab at a fighting game, whereas Street Fighter is one of the most […]

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More

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Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

Book Review: ’89 Walls by Katie Pierson

Publisher’s description College is not in the cards for Seth. He spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS they both know will kill her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. […]