November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Book Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Publisher’s description A gorgeous and emotionally resonant debut novel about a half-Japanese teen who grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school. Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a […]

Book Review: Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature by Sashi Kaufman

Publisher’s description Ben Wireman is partially deaf and completely insecure. The only two things that make him feel normal are being a soccer goalie and hanging out with his best friend, Tyler Nuson. Tyler is the golden boy, worshiped by girls and guys alike, and he no longer seems interested in Ben. Without Tyler, Ben […]

#MHYALit: You Won’t Find Girl Interrupted’s Angelina Jolie But At Least You’ll Be Safe! Why Being Hospitalized for Mental Health Issues Isn’t a Bad Thing, a guest post by Ami Allen-Vath

Today author Ami Allen-Vath shares her experiences with suicidal ideation, depression, hospitalization, and more. We continue to be so honored and proud to share these honest, vulnerable posts. Visit the #MHYALit hub to see all of the posts in this series.    When I was in eleventh grade, I wrote a letter to my family and […]

Why We Need Abuse and Sexual Violence/Abuse in LGBTQIA YA, a guest post by Sarah Benwell

by Sarah Benwell (@SWritesBooks) A lot of people really dislike abuse/ sexual violence in YA, and moreso in LGBTQIA narratives. But I want to argue for its place. I have complex feelings about it. I think it needs to be done right. But I do think it needs to be done. I get it. I […]

An Introduction to the Sexual Violence in LGBTQIA+ Young Adult Literature Project

For the next two weeks, Teen Librarian Toolbox will be focusing on sexual violence in LGBTQIA+ young adult literature. This is part of our blog’s larger ongoing sexual violence in young adult literature (or SVYALit) project.   We’re grateful to Vee Signorelli, admin and co-founder of GayYA, and Nita Tyndall, a moderator at GayYA. who have helped us brainstorm, organize, and facilitate […]

In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

In a talk that cited Mother Teresa, Kim Kardashian, and her own photographic alter egos from an art project, A.S. King declared, “Your feminism is yours. [It’s whatever you] want to make of it—[whatever] you decide to do.”