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January 27, 2015

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Review: Olympians: Ares: Bringer of War

Review: Olympians: Ares: Bringer of War

Ares, the god of war, is the subject of the newest volume in the Olympians series. Continuing from the previous volume Aphrodite, this volume picks up ten years into the Trojan War. Ares’s story is told through this conflict, as the gods draw lines and involve themselves in the human conflict. Olympians: Ares: Bringer of […]

Book review: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

Book review: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

One of these days, I’m going to post the list of “things in YA books that are pet peeves/we’re so over/we flat-out hate” that I started with my YA book club. I referenced it in my review of The Prey (things from our list that that book hits: dystopia-fatigue, instalove, and love triangles). I bring […]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were […]

Pyrite Redux: Days of Future Past

Pyrite Redux: Days of Future Past

Next up in our countdown to the Pyrite: a conversation on science fiction, dystopias, big ideas, rancid politics, and the girls who have just about had enough — girls who chart the world’s meltdown. Taking a look at a dirty and distressing near future, we’ve got A.S. King’s Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future paired […]

Middle Grade Monday – Weeding in the Age of Online Subscriptions

Middle Grade Monday – Weeding in the Age of Online Subscriptions

I’ve been weeding a lot this year. I’m usually a gradual weeder. I take a section of the collection each year and go through it with a fine tooth comb looking for items that are missing pages, moldy, defaced, or severely out of date. How often do I find moldy items? I work in a […]

The #SVYALit Hangout on Hazing: January 28, 2015

The #SVYALit Hangout on Hazing: January 28, 2015

Join us on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 12 Noon Eastern for a Google Hangout led by Press Play author Eric Devine and featuring Brutal Youth author Anthony Breznican and Leverage author Joshua Cohen. The topic will be hazing. Learn more about the #SVYALit Project. Noon Eastern, 11 AM Central Have a question you want […]

Three Longshots?

Three Longshots?

I’m scanning my shelves for books we’ve not done justice to this season.  Has anyone mentioned FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE by Tim Federle, LORD AND LADY BUNNY by Polly Horvath, or THE UNSTOPPABLE OCTOBIA MAY by Sharon Flake?  Barely a mention of Freedman’s ANGEL ISLAND, Nye’s THE TURTLE OF OMAN, Yelchin’s ARCADY’S GOAL or Pinkney’s […]

Alex Award Predictions

Alex Award Predictions

MARK: The 2015 Alex Awards–recognizing “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults”–will be named during the Youth Media Awards on February 2. In our annual quest to pretend we know what we’re talking about, today Angela and I are going to make some guesses about what we think might have […]

Review: Princess Ugg, vol. 1

Princess Ugg Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Ted Naifeh Oni Press, $15.99 Ted Naifeh, the cartoonist creator of the charming Courtney Crumrin comics, has returned with a new heroine who has little in common with her noseless, sharp-featured, black-and-white forebearer. Her name is Princess Ulga—”Ugg” is a derisive nickname her peers at Princess School […]

The Role of Children’s Literature in Contemporary Cinema

The Role of Children’s Literature in Contemporary Cinema

I was watching Gone Girl for the first time with friends the other day because occasionally I like to remember that there are literary adaptations out there of books for people above the legal drinking age.  Mind you, when you’ve a one track mind like my own, every mega-adult hit has a children’s literature connection.  […]

Mock Caldecott 2015

Mock Caldecott 2015

Our K-4 Mock Caldecott programs are like snowflakes – no two years are alike. Last year I was on the Caldecott committee and wanted to read a lot of books to gauge how they worked with kids. It was good for students (lots of great books) and good for me (the experience was invaluable in […]

Pyrite Redux: What Doesn’t Kill You…

Pyrite Redux: What Doesn’t Kill You…

Today, let’s revisit two of our Pyrite 11 that both have at their cores events that forever change their protagonists. I am, of course, talking about Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun and Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles. When Joy first covered I’ll Give You the Sun, she praised the dual narration (duality of […]

Sunday Reflections: A Road Trip, A Book Festival and a Teachable Moment

Sunday Reflections: A Road Trip, A Book Festival and a Teachable Moment

We  have entered a new and glorious era in my home – The Tween is now reading YA. And the best part is now I get to take her with me to all the book festivals I go to and she enjoys it. I love getting to share these moments with her. I love how […]

Pyrite Redux: Lifestyles of the Rich and Privileged

Pyrite Redux: Lifestyles of the Rich and Privileged

The ALA Youth Media Awards are just around the corner and that means that it’s redux time! Today we’re revisiting two 2014 favorites: Candace Fleming’s The Family Romanov and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. The Hudson Valley Library Association’s book club met today for its annual Mock Printz. Karyn and I hosted some very […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #2

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #2

Most of our previews are for comics for young children; this one is pitched at an older audience (it’s rated 12+) but it’s based on a toy many of us remember from our childhoods: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He-Man: The Eternity War has He-Man, She-Ra, and Teela leading their troops in a […]

Sex and girls and stuff

Sex and girls and stuff

We’ve got another round up here and this time, it’s all about the complexities and frustrations and amazing moments related to gender, sex, identity, hook ups, heartbreak, and true love. And who couldn’t use a little love at this time of year, amirite? Well, to be honest, these three books aren’t all about wuv (twue […]

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Free civil rights programs using presidential primary sources

Now through March, the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a partnership involving the National Park Service, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums and other cultural and historic organizations, and the Internet2 community, offer an exciting series of free programs for students. Designed for grades 6 through 12, the programs created by ten historic sites and libraries, […]

Results from the Mocks, and ALA Midwinter!

Thank you all for starting to post your mock results!  If you haven’t yet please contribute your comments here. We’ve heard from: Cincinnati and friends (BROWN GIRL DREAMING) Rhode Island Public and School Librarians (CROSSOVER) Masschussetts Library System (NIGHT GARDENER) Emerson School in Berkeley CA (read synoposes of the kids discussions at http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/) And we are in […]

INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY from YA Author Trisha Leaver (interview by Cuyler Creech)

INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY from YA Author Trisha Leaver (interview by Cuyler Creech)

Trisha Leaver is a seasoned guitar player, but not the kind you’re thinking of. This author plays emotional ballads, not with guitar strings, but with heartstrings. And she rocks them hard. This author, rightly referred to by some as the ‘Queen of the Reveal’, is so good at building tension, both exciting and terrifying, it […]

Friday Finds – January 23, 2015

Friday Finds – January 23, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Impoverished Youth: Over half of public school children now live in low income homes Bearing Witness to Violence, a guest post by author Eric Devine Middle Grade Monday – Publishing and Diversity Book review: Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman In the most recent issue of SLJ Serving Full […]