May 27, 2016

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Fusenews: The occasional “unruly pleasure”

I’ve done it again.  Delayed my Fusenews too long and now this post is going to overflow with too much good stuff.  Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. Me stuff for the start. And in fact, there just so much Me Stuff today that I’m just going to cram it all into this little paragraph […]

Sunday Reflections: Saying Goodbye to My Book Club Minions

I’m down to the last few days at the library. In a few weeks, we move 90 miles away to just outside of St. Paul. I’ve been ready to move for a long time. A looooong time. But as ready as I am to go, I’m not ready—not even a little bit—to leave behind my […]

This Week’s Comics: Future Ghost Quest

It’s another long list of new releases that everyone can enjoy. Dark Horse doubles down on the trade paperbacks as they release both Itty Bitty Hellboy: The Search for the Were-Jaguar and the magical girl adventure Zodiac Starforce: By The Power of Astra. Papercutz brings out the latest Geronimo Stilton, Volume 17, The Mystery of […]

#MHYALit Interview with HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR author John Corey Whaley

Last night The Teen and I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing author John Corey Whaley. His most recent release, Highly Illogical Behavior, is the story of a teenage boy, Solomon, with agoraphobia and the teenage girl, Lisa, who wants to “cure” him so she can write a stellar essay and get herself into […]

Books on Film: Down the I WANT MY HAT BACK Tribute Video Rabbit Hole

*Pant* *Pant* I *Pant* *Pant* just made the mistake of *Pant* *Pant* typing in “I Want My Hat Back” into YouTube. *Pant* All sorts of crazy/weird/funny stuff came up. Here’s a three piece sampler platter. 1. I Want My Hat Back – Video Game What do Jon Klassen’s book and an NES-era role playing game […]

Friday Finds: May 20, 2016

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: The Teen, Me, Genetics and HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum World Awareness Day) MakerSpace: Low Tech Tool – The Recycled Paper Bead Maker Middle School Monday: Saying Goodbye to Middle School #MHYALit: What You Want to Hear, a guest post by Shari Goldhagen #MHYALit Book Review: 100 Days of Cake by […]

Review of the Day: The King of Kazoo by Norm Feuti

King of Kazoo By Norm Feuti Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0545770880 Ages 9-12 On shelves July 26th When I used to run a children’s book club for 9-12 year-olds, I’d regularly let them choose the next book we’d discuss. In time, after some trial and error, I learned that the best way […]

Enough: A #MHYALIT guest post by Katie H.

    TLT is honored to present the following personal essay submission to the #MHYALIT series by Katie, a guest contributor and senior in high school. On some days, when I feel inadequate, I write on my wrist in small letters, “enough,” reminding myself that I need not be any different than who I am […]

Links | Boom Box Launches ‘The Backstagers’

George Gene Gustines looks at BOOM! Studios’ Boom Box imprint, which focuses on stories of tweens and teens with an emphasis on “personal stories with a sprinkle of glee,” such as Lumberjanes and Giant Days. Their newest series, The Backstagers, is about the theater crew at an all-boys school. “I was a stage crew kid […]

Book Review: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

Publisher’s description After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author. Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background. He may be a talented […]

Morning Notes: Ye Who Enter Edition

COMING SOON: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK? A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is going up for auction soon and it might become the most expensive ever. Click here to read. EATING IN A BOXCAR Filed away in my mind as “curiosity” are children’s lit cookbooks. “Yes, yes, Nancy Drew can […]

#MHYALit: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, a guest post by author Claire Legrand

Some Kind of Happiness is one of those books that grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go. I was a child with anxiety and Finley Hart is the first time I have ever seen an accurate representation of my mental state in childhood. We desperately need more middle grade stories that deal […]

Gboard: Don’t know how I lived without it

I am a bit mobile keyboard challenged. While I type like a maniac, I’m what anyone would call a slow texter.  I have trouble with tasks others find simple–finding the perfect emoji, as well as basics like copying and pasting.  So, for me Gboard is a major keyboard shift. Last week, the Official Google Blog […]

Book Review: True Letters from a Fiction Life by Kenneth Logan

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old James reveals […]

Spotted at BEA: Upcoming Goodies

A light smattering of things that caught my eye at BEA. Here’s the thing about Book Expo America.  As conferences go it yields less love amongst librarians than our own, beloved American Library Association conferences.  And that just makes sense.  BEA is about the business side of books. Booksellers are the primary focus and they’re […]

#MHYALit Book Review: 100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

Publisher’s description Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life. Every other senior at Cove High School might be mapping out every facet of their […]

Review: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

The children I work with on a day-to-day basis have no real memory of an event that has changed the course of our country’s history. While for those of us sitting in New York City and in many other cities in the United States (the world!), Hurricane Katrina was far away, but with the TV […]

#MHYALit: What You Want to Hear, a guest post by Shari Goldhagen

In 100 Days of Cake, Molly has a, um, confused relationship with her therapist. Her friends and family love her and would love to fix her, but they don’t really understand what she’s going through, so a lot of times—like when her mom decides to bake all the cakes—their efforts aren’t particularly helpful and then […]

My (Censored) Caldecott Diary: Part I of III

I was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. During that year, I kept a Day One journal. Now, I’m going to share it with you – typos (I blame auto-correct), lame journal jokes (unfortunately, no one to blame but myself there) and all. In classic journal form, I update it in bursts and there’s […]

Middle School Monday: Saying Goodbye to Middle School

I’ve been a middle school librarian for the past 18 years. A week from Friday will be my last day. It’s kind of difficult to wrap my mind around it, but I’m actually leaving schools to be a youth services librarian in a public library. I’m really excited for this new adventure, but it is […]