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A complex father-son relationship is found “Somewhere in the Darkness” | Audio Pick

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MYERS, Walter Dean. Somewhere in the Darkness. 5 CDs. 5:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $51.75. ISBN 9781470393922. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 7 Up–Jimmy is 14 years old. His biological mother is dead and his father has been incarcerated for the past nine years. As the story opens, Jimmy is living with Mama Jean in a rundown New York neighborhood. One day he returns home to find a stranger claiming to be his father. Crab, as Jimmy’s father is called, has been […]

Sponsored: ALA Midwinter Book Buzz Smack Down

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Talia “The Terror” Sherer (St. Martin’s Griffin) and Ali “The Alien” Fisher (Tor Teen & Starscape) have confirmed that the rumors are true—they’re back in action for a one-time-only no-holds-barred reunion book buzz.

IMLS Innovation Funding; Bewitching Giveaway; A Wicked Deal for “The Devil’s Intern” | SLJTeen News

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Encouraging innovation is one thing—paying for it is quite another. A Sparks! Ignition grant from IMLS would provide an excellent start in the creation of a new service or tool to implement at your library. Witch and devil fan alert: free books inside for the lucky and the speedy.

Upcoming Diverse Titles, Light Romance, and Magical Realism | What’s Hot in YA

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As we close 2014, it’s heartening to see that the new year will be filled with novels featuring diverse teens, fanciful plotlines, and lots of romance. From Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst and Jennifer Niven’sAll the Bright Places to Stacy Lee’s Under the Painted Sky and Cindy Rodriguez’s , young adult fans will have lots to look forward to in 2015.

Outlining and Note-taking with Diigo | Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian

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Students don’t always want to spend time creating a good outline when embarking on a research project, but as educators, we know it’s an important building block. Diigo, a free web-based outlining and note-taking tool, can help them create a solid foundation.

School and Public Libraries Collaborate to Help Teen Community: Reports from the Field

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In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.

ALA Announces Winners of the 2014 American Dream Libraries Grant

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Thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, 22 libraries across the United States will now have $15,000 each to fund their print and digital English as a Second Language (ESL) collections.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Characters with Tough Choices │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your middle graders will show them that they are not alone.

Betrayals, Battles, and Bilbo Baggins | “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Review

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The final installment of Peter Jackson’s expansive (some might say bloated) adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit begins immediately right where The Desolation of Smaug left off, leaving those coming in cold to fumble in the dark.

SLJ’s Top 10 Tech Trends 2014

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Social Media is the new media. Crowdfunding is the new bake sale. Find out what other trends topped Joyce Valenza’s list.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.