July 6, 2015

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Maker Bookshelf, the next step in our Maker journey at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

A few weeks ago, I announced that we were organizing a Maker Collection of materials that we will circulate at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. It is one of three things we are doing to better incorporate the Maker movement into our library. This is the process we went through to […]

#SVYALit: Male Survivors Google Hangout with authors Eric Devine, Barry Lyga and Carl Deuker

Today at Noon Eastern we will be hosting the #SVYALit Google Hangout/Panel Discussion on Male Survivors and Sexual Violence. The discussion will be moderated by author Eric Devine and will feature author Barry Lyga (Boy Toy) and Carl Deuker (Swagger). You can watch live or come back after 1 PM Eastern to watch the archived […]

The Title’s the Thing: A guest post on GODLESS by Pete Hautman for #FSYALit (guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien)

I recently read this sentence in an article discussing Pete Hautman latest novel, Eden West. However, this was commenting on his National Book Award winning novel, Godless: Although there isn’t much he’d change if he could write that book over, Hautman does say that he would probably change the name, admitting that even winning the […]

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Summer

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 – Loot by Jude Watson and the Heist Genre

March McQuin has spent his life with his jewel thief father, Alfie. Moving from place to place in preparation for the next big heist, March knows more about lock picking and getaway plans than he does about fractions. In fact, now that he’s twelve, Alfie has included him in the plans. But when the latest […]

The big dress code round up post

It’s the season for prom, graduation, and hot afternoons stuck in the classroom. Which means it’s also dress code enforcement time in a lot of schools. Dress codes and being reprimanded for dress code violations are nothing new. In his forthcoming book Teenage Rebels, author and social movement scholar Dawson Barrett points out dress code […]

Sunday Reflections: I Have No Words

January 26th, 2015 is the moment when racism became really real to me. I mean, I’ve always been aware of its existence. In fact, just a few years before I had cut off ties with a family member who insisted on using the N word in front of my children. I would come home from […]

Friday Finds – June 19, 2015

What Happened in Charleston Look, I know that this is usually just a place where readers come to find a roundup of the week’s posts and some links to current events in the YA world, and those will follow. But I also know that, in working with young people, we have an almost unparalleled opportunity […]

DEVOTED: Religion, Feminism, and the Case for Compassion , a #FSYALit guest post by author Corey Ann Haydu

Earlier this year I read and was deeply moved by a book called Making Pretty. I was so moved by the author that I wrote her an email explaining to her what my life was like growing up and how I knew exactly what the two main characters in her book were thinking and feeling, […]

Book Review: Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

  Imagine you could go back in time and relive 5 days of your life. Would you make the same choices, knowing what you know now? Would you hope you were altering the future? Would you want to maybe stay in the past? These are the questions the characters in Proof of Forever by Lexa […]

They Still Break Girls, Don’t They: A Reflection on THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY for #FSYALit

I have in my mind an ongoing list of YA books that everyone should read if they care about girls. And since everyone should care about girls, that means that everyone should read them. The list includes books like Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. And now […]

Meeting Teens Where They’re At: An Experiment (and an introduction to Wattpad) – a guest post by author Heather Demetrios

My little brother, a seventeen-year-old high school senior, came to visit me in NYC over his spring break. Whenever we were on the subway or waiting in line for an attraction he’d whip out his phone and start reading intently. Finally, in the lobby of the Museum of Natural History I asked, What are you […]

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

Daniel Jose Older

SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Magical Thinking in the Real World: YA Lit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2015


A panel of acclaimed and debut authors—including A.S. King, Patrick Ness, and Allan Stratton—discussed the things that inspired them to create their latest YA novels, all of which blur the line between reality and fantasy.

Storify: Tweets about YA Book Club and Teen Advisory Board

Saturday I had the pleasure of hanging out with some of my favorite teenagers at our monthly YA book club and teen advisory board meetings. Sometimes at our meetings, we spend a lot of time talking about books. We generally just read whatever we feel like and then go around and booktalk them. We also […]

You Are Now Approved to Read, Economic Hardship in More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Approved When I use my debit card at the grocery store, I always breathe a deep sigh of relief when this work pops up on the little thingy ma bob letting me know that my transaction has been approved. I usually call the bank before I go, getting an idea of how much I can […]

Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you get through the messier tunnels of growing up. But the pain can only help you if you can remember it.” —More Happy Than Not In Adam Silvera’s utterly fantastic […]

Teens Review Band-Themed Romance, Holocaust Nonfiction, and More


From a historical account of the horrific personal stories of people who were tortured in concentration camps during the Holocaust to a breezy romance about a teen band, the following works reviewed by the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group run the gamut of YA offerings.

Manga 101

Illustration by Mako Fufu

A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

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The Bloomsbury BOLDLY BOOKISH panel at Barnes and Noble (6/12/2015), Storified

On Friday night the girls and I traveled up to Frisco to see authors Trish Doller (The Devil You Know), Tiffany Schmidt (Hold Me Like a Breath), A C Gaughen (The Scarlet series) and Emery Lord (The Story of Me and You). The panel was moderated by Mary Hinson (@knoxdiver on Twitter) and it was, […]