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100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles, Andrew Smith Simon & Schuster, September 2014 Reviewed from final copy If you were a teenager who spent at least one long night with friends discussing the future, destiny, and the fear that you can’t control the course of your life, 100 Sideways Miles probably reminded you of those moments. Finn Easton, the novel’s […]

Friday Finds – January 16, 2015

Friday Finds – January 16, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: You can’t go home again? Breaking Tradition: BRUTAL YOUTH author Anthony Breznican on the fight against hazing Middle Grade Monday – On the Radar Amanda’s review roundup Take 5: 5 Thoughts I Had While Reading BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican, reflections of a teen librarian In the most recent […]

Friday Finds – January 16, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: You can’t go home again? Breaking Tradition: BRUTAL YOUTH author Anthony Breznican on the fight against hazing Middle Grade Monday – On the Radar Amanda’s review roundup Take 5: 5 Thoughts I Had While Reading BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican, reflections of a teen librarian In the most recent […]

SLJ’s Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books 2015 Contenders Announced

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What better way to celebrate Mock Newbery season than by announcing the 16 candidates in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books? The first match of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 9, but these contenders are raring to go.

The 2015 Contenders!

The 2015 Contenders!

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

CHILDREN OF THE KING by Sonya Hartnett

THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander

EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire

EL DEAFO by Cece Bell

THE FAMILY ROMANOV by Candace Fleming

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA by Jack Gantos

THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS by Christopher Paul Curtis

POISONED APPLES by Christine Heppermann

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin

THE STORY OF OWEN by E. K. Johnston

THIS ONE SUMMER by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

A VOLCANO BENEATH THE SNOW by Albert Marrin

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

WEST OF […]

Five Trends That Make 2015 Worth Celebrating| Editorial

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The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.

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YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Vinland Saga Volume 1

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Vinland Saga Volume 1

Thorfinn is a teenage boy and a member of a mercenary crew of Vikings that raid towns in France and England and return to their home base in Denmark. But Thorfinn isn’t interested in battle or treasure. As a boy he dreamed of sailing on a long ship and becoming a Viking warrior. Now he […]

2014 Best Books Overlap

2014 Best Books Overlap

From the following review journals: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal. Six lists— BROWN GIRL DREAMING THE FAMILY ROMANOV THIS ONE SUMMER Five lists— THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN FIREFLY JULY RAIN REIGN THE RIGHT WORD WEST OF THE MOON Four lists— BEYOND MAGENTA EL DEAFO GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE GLORY O’BRIEN’S […]

Friday Finds – January 9, 2015

Friday Finds – January 9, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Becoming a Statistic Snapshot: Portrait of a Library Today Middle Grade Monday – Targeting Non-Readers The Spiritual Lives of Teens in YA Lit, a discussion Book review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson with illustrations by Christine Larsen The Measure of Program Success? Probably not […]

The 2015 Contenders — Any Guesses?

We will be announcing this year’s contenders on January 14th.  Any guesses?  

A Conversation with the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists

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/>Join us for a live webcast featuring the five finalists for the 2015 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. Register now to learn a bit about these terrific titles; hear from the authors about their research and writing processes; and glean some insight into what goes into making the best nonfiction titles accessible and engaging to today’s teens. Don’t miss out on this exclusive event, which is scheduled just a week before the winner is announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Archive is now available!

2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

It feels like just last year that the Cybils Award was first announced, but time flies: This week the shortlist for sixth annual Cybils Awards was released. The Cybils are an award given out by bloggers for the best children and young adult literature titles. In her post describing the process, Anne Boles Levy discusses […]

Risky Business: Trying Something New in the 21st Century Children’s Publishing Market

Risky Business: Trying Something New in the 21st Century Children’s Publishing Market

This past Saturday I hosted a Children’s Literary Salon at the main branch of NYPL that discussed the topic of middle grade science fiction for children, its history and future.  Consisting of a panel of editor Andrew Harwell, author Jason Fry (of the “Jupiter Pirates” series), and librarian Stephanie Whelan (who gave a fantastic encapsulation […]

At Holiday House, Rabbits, Beasts, Twins, and Triplets | Spring 2015 Preview

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At the Holiday House Spring 2015 Preview, picture books abound about best friend bunnies who become intense rivals, a book-writing chicken who attends a book festival, and a young African American girl in the 1950s South who learns she can’t try on her shoes before buying them.

2014 Cybils Award Finalists Announced

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SLJTeen takes a look at the young adult CYBILS finalists in nonfiction, graphic novels, fiction and speculative fiction. You’ll find a few surprises along with some already popular award contenders.

Preview: Roger Langridge’s Abigail and the Snowman #1

Preview: Roger Langridge’s Abigail and the Snowman #1

Roger Langridge’s new series Abigail and the Snowman kicked off on the very last day of 2014, which means you can find the comic in comics shops or on comiXology right now! This series sounds like it has a bit of Jellaby, a bit of Amelia Rules, maybe even a bit of Frosty the Snowman […]

Friday Finds – January 2, 2015

Friday Finds – January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: A Very Literary Christmas Serving Full T.I.L.T. (Teens in Libraries Today) Middle Grade Monday – The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud Book Review: Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca (The #SVYALit Project) Karen’s Guide to Working with Your Local Radio Station, adventures in creative marketing We (don’t) want […]

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring 2014)

It’s a new year but the librarian previews just ah-keep on coming.  Generally you’ll read my previews of “The Big Six/Five” (they haven’t really gone down to a proper five yet, but it’s coming).  My heart always belongs to the little guys, though.  The folks who aren’t necessarily located in NYC.  Folks like Chronicle Books, […]

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #1

Top 10 Posts of 2014: #1

Gallery: These Picture Books Have Secrets

The 2014 Cybils Shortlist Finalists are Announced! And a thank you.

The 2014 Cybils Shortlist Finalists are Announced! And a thank you.

This year I was very excited (and honored!) to be a first round panelist for the 2014 Cybils in the YA Speculative Fiction category. There were a little over 200 books nominated and we were tasked with getting that list down to 7 worthy candidates. As you can imagine, there is a lot of great […]