November 29, 2015

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Book Review: Detour by S. A. Bodeen

Publisher’s description: Livvy Flynn is a big deal – she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself. When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. […]

Relearning reluctant readers

As a librarian, I’ve always tried to champion the reluctant readers. I’ve strived to provide a wide variety of reading material in my collection development ranges – everything from high interest low level books, to compelling nonfiction, to fiction told by and about diverse voices, to comics, image heavy browsing books, and more. When parents […]

Real World Readers: Attention-Grabbing Titles | Focus On


Loaded with surefire kid appeal, these fiction and nonfiction series are meant to entertain, reinforce skills, and, more importantly, create a lifelong love of reading.

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An Interview with Patrick Jones by guest blogger Jessi Schulte-Honstad

Written by Jessi Schulte-Honstad, Young Adult Services Supervisor for Skokie Public Library, Skokie IL.   In Patrick Jones’ current book series, Locked Out and Support and Defend he looks at the effects of losing a parent to the justice system and military service. Written specifically with reluctant readers in mind, Jones works hard to portray […]

SPONSORED: Who Has 2015 Winners? Macmillan and Griffin Teen


Let loose with the confetti! Macmillan and Griffin Teen are thrilled to share their 2015 young adult award-winners. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Finding a Formula for Independent Reading


In this informational webcast, we’ll explore the latest research and philosophies behind independent reading to unlock some of the mysteries around student engagement and motivation — including things K–12 schools can do to redefine independent results—and you’ll get practical ideas for building an affordable, engaging, and effective independent reading program in your school. Register Now!

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | YALSA Recommendations

Eleanor & Park

The good news just keeps on coming for Griffin Teen in 2014! YALSA recommendations include Eleanor & Park, If You Find Me, and Uses for Boys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Tough Choices for Tough Boys: New Titles Explore “Manhood” | JLG’s On the Radar


From paperboy routes to dealing with a dad fighting in Afghanistan, these new releases selected by Junior Library Guild editors feature boys who make difficult, life-altering decisions.

Books for Teens You Might Have Missed | YA Underground


Amy Cheney rounds up her “underground” picks, perfect for reluctant readers and teens looking for something a little different. From the latest in the Bluford series to a nonfiction title dealing with addiction, this compilation explores a few of the edgier titles being published this season.

Amazing but True | Nonfiction for Reluctant Readers


Beyond those tried-and-true series entries there are many stand-alone titles with engaging texts and high-quality art to lure reluctant readers into informational texts.

Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction


When children and teens are ready to take a leap from those hybrid novels popularized by Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” books into titles with a bit more text, where do they go? The books listed here will provide guidance.

Pick of the Day: Mr. Hynde Is Out of His Mind: My Weird School, Book 6 (CD)

Book on CD cover- kid and teacher

Mr. Hynde Is Out of His Mind: My Weird School, Book 6. By Dan Gutman. cassette or CD. 45 min. Recorded Books. 2012. cassette: ISBN 978-1-4498-6426-2, CD: ISBN 978-1-4498-6427-9. $15.75.
Gr 1-3–In the funniest book (HarperCollins, 2005) yet in Dan Gutman’s series, second grade king of hyperbole, A. J., complains that he hates school, dislikes reading, and particularly despises Andrea Young, a geeky brown-noser, and her crybaby sidekick, Emily. Good news arrives when their music teacher, “boring, snoring Mr. Loring,” is […]

How to Win Over a Reluctant Reader