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March 27, 2015

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Fusenews: In which I find the barest hint of an excuse to post a Rex Stout cover

Fusenews: In which I find the barest hint of an excuse to post a Rex Stout cover

I’ve been watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt recently.  So far the resident husband and I have only made it through two episodes, but I was pleased as punch when I learned that the plot twist in storyline #2 hinged on a Baby-Sitter’s Club novel.  Specifically Babysitter’s Club Mystery No. 12: Dawn and the Surfer Ghost.  […]

Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction

Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction

Those of you hanging around the Internet this weekend, especially on Twitter, were probably inundated with the hashtag #womeninfiction. It seemed that all of the librarians, authors, and publishing people I follow came out of the woodwork to tweet and retweet about their favorite female fictional characters. Many of those were characters remembered with strong […]

Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

The Stratford Zoo is like any other zoo…until closing time! That’s when the animals come out of their cages to perform Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the best actors, but they’ve got heart. (Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails.) Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth Written by Ian Lendler; Art by Zack Giallongo All […]

Driftwood

Driftwood

Somehow we managed to let this book from November of last year make it all the way till late March without a post. But don’t let that fool you: Elizabeth Dutton’s Driftwood is a fabulous novel with tons of teen appeal: rock stars, letters from beyond the grave, a road trip–this has got all the […]

Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio)

This week we’re – and by we’re I mean people like me and author Carrie Mesrobian, not necessarily everyone here at TLT – counting down the days until The Walking Dead season finale. So while we’re counting down, we thought we would dedicate the week to zombies. We’ll here from author Carrie Mesrobian later in […]

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

Round 2, Match 2: El Deafo vs The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

JUDGE – CAT WINTERS El Deafo by Cece Bell Abrams The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos FSG/Macmillan On the surface, there are two notable differences between the books in my assigned bracket: Cece Bell’s El Deafo is a graphic novel featuring people who look like rabbits, whereas Jack Gantos’s The Key That […]

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

I Ask You: What Is On Your #HOLDSHELF?

Why the triumphant pose? The monthly photo roundup of hold shelves across the country is back. This month, the gallery will be over at Watch. Connect. Read. Here’s how to get in on the action: Locate a shelf used as a waiting area for books your patrons have put on hold. Photograph/video/Vine that thing like […]

A Lovely Night

A Lovely Night

We saw the new Cinderella last night and you should see it too. What I loved most was that it was genuinely a children’s movie. While Cate Blanchette as the stepmother and Helena Bonham-Carter as the fairy godmother were on hand to provide some camp (and there was a PG-pushing plethora of men in tights), neither […]

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This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post (which will be after the Battle commences!). Around the […]

Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better

Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better

As the kerfuffle about the Andrew Smith interview blew up on Twitter, I laid in bed with my babies trying to make sure my 6-yr-old child who was struggling to breathe in her sleep did in fact keep breathing while also trying to follow the various trails of conversations happening over Twitter. The truth is, […]

Video Sunday: Movie, book, library, and audiobook trailers trailers trailers!!

Video Sunday: Movie, book, library, and audiobook trailers trailers trailers!!

Morning, folks. We’re beginning this Sunday morn with stuff that’s good for the soul.  How often have you said to yourself, “I’d love to own some original art from illustrator Matthew Cordell but I’m too busy spending all my cash on children’s literacy foundations”?  Well, fear not!  Now you can do both.  In celebration of […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Here’s some good old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoon entertainment for you today! He-Man: Eternity War #4 is out next week. Here’s the blurb, which I think says it all: This is it: The battle you’ve been waiting for! She-Ra vs. Hordak! In order to retrieve the Eye of Chrono, She-Ra must defeat her adoptive father. Her […]

Announcing the 2015 BoB Guessing Game Winner

Announcing the 2015 BoB Guessing Game Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner for the 2015 BoB guessing game: Robin Lindquist Out of dozens of BoB followers who participated, Robin is the only one who guessed all eight titles correctly. A school librarian who works with 375 students and 60 faculty members at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, Robin’s favorite part of being […]

Friday Finds – March 20, 2015

Friday Finds – March 20, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Growing Children as Readers #FSYALit Discussion: Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle Middle Grade Monday – Mixing things up in the Middle School Library Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli In the Most Recent Issue of SLJ Serving Full […]

This Week’s Comics: Katamari Show

This Week’s Comics: Katamari Show

Trade up some new comics with new releases out this week. Archie Comics has a new volume of Sonic Saga, which collects issues from the earlier days of Sonic the Hedgehog. The collected trade of Bob’s Burgers from Dynamite Entertainment is finally out, and Amp! Comics for Kids releases the next collection of comic strips […]

#FSYALit: We Can’t Be Afraid of Honest Questions, a guest post by Bryan Bliss about his debut novel No Parking at the End Times

#FSYALit: We Can’t Be Afraid of Honest Questions, a guest post by Bryan Bliss about his debut novel No Parking at the End Times

As part of our ongoing discussion of Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit, #FSYALit, we are honored to host author Bryan Bliss as he discusses writing about faith in a YA novel. When I came up with the idea for my novel, No Parking at the End Times, I was worried. Partially, that fear came […]

Round 2, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Egg and Spoon

Round 2, Match 1: Brown Girl Dreaming vs Egg and Spoon

JUDGE – JASON REYNOLDS Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire Candlewick Press Here’s the thing. It was never my intention to be a novelist, because when I was a kid, novels just seemed way too long and way too boring for me to care about. So since […]

Selfie Sweepstakes reviews: The Legend of Dust Bunnies

Selfie Sweepstakes reviews: The Legend of Dust Bunnies

[As an experiment last fall, I invited self-publishers to submit their best new titles for review. About a dozen heeded the call, and I am reviewing their books in this space.] The Legend of Dust Bunnies: A Fairy’s Tale; written byMichelle R. Eastman; illustrated by Kevin Richter. Byway Press, 2014. 40pp. ISBN 978-0-9916244-8-5. Paper ed. 14.95. […]

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Tech Review: Online Creation Tools Piktochart and Canva

Tech Review: Online Creation Tools Piktochart and Canva

I recently learned about two online creation tools and have spent some time (too much time?) exploring both. Now I’m going to share my possibly overly excited thoughts with you. True story: I loved both of these tools and played with them a lot – so I could evaluate them for you of course. See, […]

Review of the Day: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Review of the Day: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger By Rebecca Stead Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 Ages 10-14 On shelves August 4th After much consideration, I think I’m going to begin this review with what has to be the hoity toity-est opening I have ever come up with. Gird, thy loins, mes amies. […]