November 26, 2015

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Light Novels: Would You Like Some Prose with That?


What are light novels? Graphic novel and manga expert Brigid Alverson shares some light on the Japanese format and offers recommendations for teen readers.

Post It Note Reviews by The Teen: November Edition

So I have allowed each teen reviewer here at TLT to come up with their own review style and my daughter, The Teen, is going with the Post It Note Review. This is how it came about: She steals my ARCs and I tell her that if she does, she has to write a review. […]

YA Authors Talk Social Media, Research Process…and Spill Secrets


Rebecca Stead, Paul Acampora, and Valynne E. Maetani held court at “It’s Complicated: Secrets, Schemes, and Friends,” a panel held Sunday, November 9 at the New York Society Library and funded by author Richard Peck. The writers considered the role of social media, talked about their research process, and discussed the future of YA.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | SLJ Review


Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. 464p. ebook available. Simon Pulse. Jan. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978148144963210.

Gr 9 Up– Henry’s life is complicated. His previous boyfriend committed suicide without warning or explanation. His jerk brother’s girlfriend is pregnant. His nana has Alzheimer’s. And his new boyfriend refuses to acknowledge their relationship, instead humiliating and attacking him publicly. Henry is also haunted by questions about why his father left and if Henry himself is culpable. […]

SPONSORED: Macmillan’s Adult Books for Teens


SPONSORED: The following adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly appropriate and accessible to teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.

Neil Gaiman and Junot Diaz Talk About Graphic Novels and the New “Sandman” Prequel


Junot Diaz chats with Neil Gaiman about his latest addition to the iconic “Sandman” series.

Take 5: School Violence

Did you know that under the Teen Issues link up there on the menu bar, you can find lots of great posts and book lists organized by issue? Everything from addiction to violence is covered. If you don’t see a topic covered that you think is of interest, please leave a comment, tweet us (Amanda MacGregor @CiteSomething or Karen Jensen @TLT16), […]

Middle School Monday – The TBR Stack

  My TBR stack can be quite overwhelming (I’m sure you understand.) Or maybe I should say ‘stacks.’ Because of course there’s more than one. There’s the stack of recently published novels by favorite authors (Six of Crows, Manners and Mutiny) then there’s the stack of ARCs by favorite authors that probably will skew too old […]

Twenty-Five Vlogs for Teens (and Teen Librarians)

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Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta presents 25 notable channels and vlog series—covering categories such as gaming, beauty, and science and technology, and more—that may be of interest to teens.

Vlogging, Teens, and Literacy: Engaging Youth


Media and literacy scholar Antero Garcia explains why educators and librarians should be paying attention to vlogs and what it means for today’s teens’ literacy.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | SLJ Audio Review


YOON, Nicola. Everything, Everything. 6 CDs. 6:45 hrs. Listening Library. 2015. $40. ISBN 9781101916391. digital download.

Gr 7 Up –Yoon’s superb debut begins and ends with books. Stories are how 18-year-old Madeline has survived with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency—“you know it as ‘bubble baby disease’”—in her sanitized world that includes only her doctor mother and a nurse. She’s been content enough with taking classes via Skype, having movie nights with Mom, and posting Tumblr book reviews, until Olly and […]

#FSYALit: Faith, Kindness and the YA Community, by Ally Watkins

It’s been a hard weekend and there’s been a lot of things said and you can read about all of it elsewhere, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to say what’s important to me. I’ve been a person of faith my entire life. I’m an adult and I choose to continue on this […]

Sunday Reflections: Talking to My Teen About Terrorism

The teen lives in a Paris themed bedroom. I tuck her into bed by pulling an Eiffel Tower blanket up to her chin and kissing her goodnight on the forehead. We dreamed of going to Paris this summer as a family for our 20th anniversary until we realized that people who struggle to feed their […]

Teens at Heart: Making an Impact | Editorial


SLJ’s Teen Issue highlights the field’s steadfast commitment to making a transformative difference in the lives of young adults. The editors share some thoughts on the innovative spirit and responsive programs that are taking teen services to a new level.

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Equal Parts Teen Services and YA Lit at 2015 YALSA Symposium

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Librarian Robin Brenner highlights programs and events at the 2015 YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium, which took place November 6–8 in Portland, OR. This year’s conference widened its purview to include services and programming alongside literature, which was reflected in the theme, “Bringing It All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.”

Traffick Blog Tour: Christa Desir Interviews Ellen Hopkins for #SVYALit

Today as part of the Traffick blog tour, author and #SVYALit Co-Creator Christa Desir (Other Broken Things coming in January 2016) is interviewing Ellen Hopkins for #SVYALit. You can find all of the #SVYALit posts here. And let me just take a moment to say thank you to Christa and Ellen for their time. Ellen […]

Friday Finds – November 13, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Flex time Middle School Monday – The Trilogy of Two by Juman Malouf Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel, by teen reviewer Lexi Crossover Fiction Gets Parents and Teens Talking, a guest post by Lynne Griffin Video Games Weekly: Halo 5: […]

Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens


Mark Flowers highlights recent adult titles with teen appeal in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, including Cat Winter’s The Uninvited and John Scalzi’s End of All Things.

Tech Talk: Osmo Review

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we are in the process of creating our MakerSpace. Because our space is a smaller space, we are focusing on tech that can be used in a variety of ways which for us has meant iPads. One of the tools we bought and evaluated […]

Book Review: Consent by Nancy Ohlin

Publisher’s description: In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both. Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not […]