March 24, 2017

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Video Games Weekly Disney Emoji Blitz

This week, I was going to review the new Legend of Zelda game, but due to a shipping mix up, I haven’t received my copy yet!  So, this week is about a “freemium” game that I have been addicted to for the past few months called Disney Emoji Blitz.  If you shop at Walmart, you […]

Katie Bayerl on Debut YA “A Psalm for Lost Girls”


SLJ chats with Katie Bayerl about her debut YA novel, which touches upon the complex themes of religion, mental health, and grief.

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of School Library Journal.      ★ The Gentleman’s Guide to […]

Book Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Publisher’s description Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare. Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging […]

Middle School Monday: G. Neri Writer-in-Residence

A Week in Quotes. How does one tell the story of a week where our students got to meet and learn from an award-winning author? You share some quotes. Of course! I love how you made Reina a brave, strong girl. ~Jalen, 6th Grader To prepare for the lucky reality that was G. Neri serving […]

Free Audiobooks for Teens from SYNC, Starting April 27


For the eighth year, SYNC is offering a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older.

Book Review: BRACED by Alyson Gerber

The first time I ever had to wear my backbrace in public, I threw up. That’s what I remember the most. We were going to one of my brother’s baseball games and I was anxious that everyone would be able to tell that I was wearing it. So I barfed, as one does. The second […]

The Intersection of #Ownvoices, Genre Fiction, and Empathy: Guest post by Shaila Patel

In a recent ruling by a Virginia court, five teens (described as two whites and three minorities) were sentenced to read one book a month for an entire year as punishment for defacing a historic black schoolhouse with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti. The books assigned were mostly works of literary fiction with diverse characters and/or racial […]

Sunday Reflections: Who Gets to Decide What it Means to be “Real”?

Real American Real America Real Christian Real Patriot Real Man Real Woman There is a lot of talking lately about being real. Real America, many people argue, lies in the heart of the poor, rural Midwest communities with silos and farms. As if the big cities no longer matter. Coastal elites, they claim, don’t represent […]

Friday Finds: March 10, 2017

This Week at TLT Middle School Monday: Preparing for Visiting Authors Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz A Day without Women Video Games Weekly: Abzu Book Review: Secrets and Sequences: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, a guest post by Callum (age 10) Around the Web […]

Book Review: Secrets and Sequences: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

If you follow me on Twitter (@CiteSomething), then you’re familiar with my extremely entertaining 10-year-old son, Callum. He’s a big fan of graphic novels and recently has started pulling books out of my TBR pile. It’s fun to get book mail and have so much of it either appeal now to him or know it […]

Video Games Weekly: Abzu

The video game Journey, which I talked about at length here, is one of my favorite video games at all time.  The same creator recently came out with a new video game called Abzu, which I pre-ordered because I loved Journey so much.  Although it’s not the same experience as Journey, I think many parents […]

Catching Up: 30 Recent YA Series Entries


YA librarian Lindsey Tomsu rounds up recent YA series entries that teens won’t want to miss, from X-Files prequels to superhero sequels.

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A Day without Women

Today is the National Day without Women and TLT is a blog created by and ran by women. As news came down the pike recently that the ACA replacement plan would not require insurers to cover maternity care at the same time that there are assaults on a women’s ability to get coverage for things […]

SLJ’s Women’s History Month Pinterest Board


From Marley Dias to Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Warren, and Patsy Takemoto Mink, here are women to celebrate.

Teens Review the Latest Ann Brashares and “Rebel of Sands” YA


From a tale of family drama by the author of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to the latest entry in the adventure and action series, these YA titles are just what the Kitsap YA reviewers ordered.

Familiar Faces: Adult Books 4 Teens’ Favorites


This week, we explore a motley crew of fan favorites, from Alex Award winners to a legendary editor and more.

Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher’s description From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found. Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly […]

Middle School Monday: Preparing for Visiting Authors

This week, G. Neri is visiting our school for a week-long Writer-in-Residence. I know. I know. We’re crazy lucky. Preparing for his visit has been the focus of my teaching for over two months. Every student in our school has read Under Berlin [G. Neri’s short story from the wonderful collection Open Mic, edited by […]

Friday Finds: March 3, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch? #SJYALit May 4, 1970: The Day the Vietnam War Came Home, a guest post by Sabrina Fedel Middle School Monday: Mondays that Don’t Sparkle DVD Review: Political Animals + Giveaway #SJYALit Preserving the Right to Peaceful Protest in 2017 America, […]