December 12, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

What Today’s Teens Have To Say About George Orwell’s ‘1984’

With “alternative facts” in the headlines, high schoolers connect with George Orwell’s classic novel and protagonist Winston Smith’s world of “Newspeak” and “doublethink.”

Scythe

Sometimes the world really does save the best for last. Because people? Scythe is amazing. I keep thinking about it. I unabashedly loved reading it in that can’t put it down way, but I also absolutely love it as a contender. It jumped the queue right into my top 5, and as the second to […]

Illuminae

Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Knopf Books for Young Readers, October 2015 Reviewed from an ARC So, confession time: I haven’t finished this book yet. I was originally scheduled for my usual Friday post, and I figured I’d have enough time to get to the last page and type up my thoughts in my […]

Adventures with Young Sherlock Holmes, Dystopic Japan, and Zombies Galore | Fiction Series Update

Sci-fi and adventure fans will find some can’t-miss continuations and conclusions of some gripping series, from Andrew Lane’s gripping update to the saga of teenage Sherlock Holmes to Gena Showalter’s satisfying wrap up of the “White Rabbit Chronicles.”

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Preapocalyptic Time-Travel, Turn-of-the-Century California, and High School Drama | YA Fiction Series Update

SLJ presents the latest updates in YA fiction series and the conclusions of some trilogies you won’t want to miss. Your teens won’t want to miss these series continuations, from dystopic science fiction to realistic high school stories to historical fiction.

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

Review: Maggot Moon

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Candlewick Press. 2013. Reviewed from ARC. Printz Honor Book. The Plot: Standish Treadwell, fifteen, is dyslexic. He has different colored eyes, one blue, one brown. He lives with his grandfather; his parents are gone. He had one friend, Hector, and Hector is also gone. Standish’s world is one of fear and […]

Foster Stronger Schools by Supporting Reading Freedom | Scales on Censorship

Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales responds to questions about book challenges, dystopian novels in elementary school, and the age-appropriateness of Bullying Prevention displays.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Do You Have What It Takes to Pass The Testing? | Houghton Harcourt Giveaway

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate, eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one. Houghton Harcourt is giving five lucky SLJTeen readers a chance to find out who Cia can trust, and win the ultimate Testing prize pack.

More of the books!

Karyn just posted an impressive roundup of last minute reading, so I’m chiming in with some more. With Monday morning’s announcement looming large, it seems like everyone is trying to sprint through their last minute reads in order to feel prepared. Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby Houghton Mifflin, March 2012 Reviewed from an ARC This […]

Review: After the Snow

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Finalist for the YASLA Morris Award. The Plot: Willo is watching and listening and waiting. Willo was born after the weather changed, after the seas dried up and the snow kept coming and coming, and people got […]

Review: Safekeeping

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse, with her photographs. Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher.
The Plot: Radley, seventeen, is volunteering in Haiti when she hears the news: the president has been assassinated, the news reports are scary, and all Radley wants is to be home, safe, with her parents. She can’t get through […]

Pick of the Day: Safekeeping

HESSE, Karen. Safekeeping. photos by author. 294p. Feiwel & Friends. Sept. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01134-3.
Gr 7 Up
–Radley Parker-Hughes has been volunteering in an orphanage in Haiti after the recent earthquake, but she returns home to a country in the grip of an even more chaotic situation. The American Political Party has assumed power, the president has been assassinated, and martial law prevails. Soldiers with guns at the airport, travel paper requirements–is this really the New Hampshire she left just a […]

Dystopia: Turn On the Dark | Focus On

“A place or time in which people’s lives are devalued or dehumanized.”

That’s basically what a perusal of a few dictionaries will yield when searching for “dystopia.” You may find additional keywords like “totalitarian,” but at the root, a dystopia is simply the opposite of a utopia. Classic adult dystopias like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 are cautionary tales that envision future authoritarian societies when personal freedoms are severely limited. Dystopian fiction for youth also […]