Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt topped the Billboard 200 after selling 166,000 copies in its first week. Gamers can dive into two new releases featuring longtime favorites Super Surfer and Batman which our teen reviewers find entertaining, challenging, and satisfying.
The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee is now accepting online applications for the 2014 Candlewick Light the Way grant, $3000 specifically earmarked to promote library outreach to underserved and special populations.
The parent who objected to the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in North Carolina’s Watauga High School vows she will appeal the decision of a school advisory committee, who voted unanimously last week to retain the book. Notably, however, the parent also says that the book should not be banned, only that it should not be required reading for students at the high school.
There are moments in the sleek-but-not-too-flashy adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game when the film takes flight. It feels like child’s play, and the audience forgets briefly that the on-screen kids, the smartest in the world, are being groomed to kill at a Battle School in space. The screenplay hews closer to the book than a potential franchise template.
After more than a year of brainstorming behind the scenes, Macmillan’s new Swoon Reads project celebrated its hard launch late last month with about 50 manuscripts available for review and a major ramping up of its marketing, publicity, and advertising campaigns. The project gives fans unprecedented power to choose which new teen romance novels they wish to see published.
The People for the American Way Foundation (PFAW), a progressive advocacy and freedom of speech organization, have sent a letter to the Watauga County (NC) Board of Education urging it to retain the use of Isabel Allende’s novel The House of the Spirits in the school’s English curriculum. The award-winning novel has been challenged by a parent, who is asking the board to consider its removal from the district.
Librarian Misti Jenkins, formerly an English teacher at the Nashville, TN, high school she now serves, shares her experiences in adapting from a predominately Spanish-speaking population of English Language Learners (ELL) to one that is comprised largely of Nepali and Burmese refugees. Here are her recommendations for ways to reach out to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.