July 24, 2016

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Middle School Monday: More Upcoming Titles

Here are some more upcoming titles I’m excited about, two from authors active in the We Need Diverse Books movement and one about an issue that is rarely addressed but affects more children than we’d like to believe. Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Edited by) On Sale date: January 3, 2017 “Whether […]

David Levithan’s Edwards Award Speech, Free Art Resources, and More | SLJTeen News

Tingle-House of Purple Cedar

This month’s SLJTeen News roundup features David Levithan’s heartfelt Margaret A. Edwards Award acceptance speech, Tim Tingle’s remarks on receiving the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and more

App Review: Pokemon Go

This weekend my timeline flooded with posts about Pokemon Go. Then on Sunday afternoon, The Teen came home from a friend’s house declaring they had walked 3 miles trying to catch Pokemons. So I decided I needed to figure out what this Pokemon Go is because my teens are definitely into it. Pokemon Go is […]

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”

Watched

Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Sunday Reflections: Today I Am an Empty Well

Many readers have often told me that Sunday Reflections are their favorite posts here at TLT. They’re moving I hear. Insightful. Challenging. I’m sorry dear reader but today, I have nothing. I can not even begin to process what is happening around our world, in my country, near my home (I live 20 minutes from […]

Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens

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Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian at Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #blacklivesmatter booklist for teens.

Friday Finds: July 8, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When the Rains Came Down, a reflection on THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian Middle School Monday: The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West MakerSpace: Instagram Scrapbook and Mini Books (Book Making in the Teen MakerSpace […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

MakerSpace: Instagram Scrapbook and Mini Books (Book Making in the Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County)

Sometimes you have one of those moments of serendipity. I had just gone through an ordered a handful of books about book making when a teen came into the Teen MakerSpace and made a book. It was a sign, so we created a book making station. And because The Teen spent the first month of […]

Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Publisher’s description Signed, sealed, delivered… While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — […]

Middle School Monday: The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

From the publisher: It’s 1928, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family. But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of […]

Sunday Reflections: When the Rains Came Down, a reflection on THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian

On February 28, 2011, my town flooded. I woke up to the smell of fire and learned that my basement contained both an electrical fire and rapidly rising water. I ran to the front door only to discover that raging, freezing waters were traveling down my street, and they were quickly rising. Above me my […]

Friday Finds: July 1, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Brexit and Helping Teens Understand the Importance of the Political Process Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon TPiB: It’s Shark Week! Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi TLT Roundtable: What About “Clean” Books? […]

MakerSpace: Button Maker Challenges

At The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), we have found that one of the most popular activities among our teens is making buttons. We run into a lot of our teens around town that look like this: But we started to notice that teens were just coming in, printing of a […]

Thoughts on Summer Reading Lists from a Public Librarian (and a Mom)

     

TLT Roundtable: What About “Clean” Books? What does “clean” mean when we are talking about books?

Yesterday, Blink YA shared a post about “Clean” YA Reads. You can read it here. As it always does, when this term pops up it sparks considerable discussion. Over time I have thought a lot about what this term means and my feelings towards it. And yesterday, I reached out to my fellow TLTers to […]

Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, reviewed by teen reviewer Lexi

A big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are. Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda […]

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Publisher’s description Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past […]

TPiB: It’s Shark Week!

Shark Week is my favorite weeks of the year. I’m a little bit obsessed with sharks. Not in a I would want to see one up close in personal in real life way, just in a they are totally cool like dinosaurs, aliens and robots way. I dive into Shark Week every year. See what […]

Middle School Monday: Nonfiction on the Horizon

Every once in a while I scroll through the available titles in Netgalley and Edelweiss. This time I found a bounty of upcoming nonfiction. Here are some of the most tempting: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti “The true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered […]