October 20, 2017

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MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – Vinyl 101

Earlier today,  I talked about the Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter: MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review. So if you buy a Silhouette Cameo, you’ll probably be making a variety of vinyl projects. Not all vinyl is the same, so here’s a little Vinyl 101 brought to you by high school librarian Dani Fouser. […]

MakerSpace Mondays: The Silhouette Cameo – a review

This past week TLTer Robin Willis came and spent the week with me and visited my library (The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio) and the Teen MakerSpace. Her visit coincided with the exploration and evaluation of a Silhouette Cameo 3 machine which we are considering for the Teen MakerSpace. Here’s what […]

Friday Finds: October 6, 2017

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: When You’re a Teen and a Friend Threatens Suicide Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction Book Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston New and forthcoming YA and MG to have on […]

Book Review: Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa

Publisher’s description Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s counted among them. When Greg discovers an old mansion in the woods just outside of town, he didn’t expect to meet a smart, beautiful, funny, and…very dead teenaged girl named Eleanor. […]

TPiB: Ollie Robot Challenges for Teens by Michelle Biwer

At my library we have a few Ollie robots and the SpheroEdu app which controls the robots installed on our programming iPads. I purchased the Ollie robots for a few reasons: Special tires so robots can also be used for fun, outdoor programming Move up to 14 mph, much more impressive to most teens these […]

Book Review: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Publisher’s Book Description: A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer A tool for RULE Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows […]

New and forthcoming YA and MG to have on your radar

Books, books, and more books! My neighbors probably wonder what exactly goes on over here at the house where UPS of FedEx stops nearly every day. The following are the books that have arrived here in the past few weeks. I will be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months on TLT. See something […]

Book Review: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Publisher’s description Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer of freedom and privacy in […]

Take 5: A YA Puerto Rico Booklist and the #PubforPR Auction

As they often do, the KidLit and Publishing community has come together to help the people in Puerto Rico after being hit by a devastating hurricane. You can visit the #PubforPR auction here to bid on a variety of amazing packages and help them raise money for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Please visit […]

Blog Tour: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I am so pleased to be a part of this blog tour celebrating the marvelous The War I Finally Won. It is everything I could have hoped for and more in a sequel to The War That Saved My Life. From the publisher: One of the most anticipated middle grade novels of the year is finally here. […]

Sunday Reflections: When You’re a Teen and a Friend Threatens Suicide

Trigger Warning: Suicide, Suicidal Ideation We spent all of 2016 talking about teens and mental health and it occurs to me, we never talked about what happens when you are a teenager and your friend threatens to commit suicide. This point became painfully clear to me this past Friday night when this very event happened […]

Friday Finds: September 29, 2017

This Week at TLT Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore Workman and Algonquin Showcase and Giveaway Book Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman C2: Collecting Comics for September and October 2017 with Ally Watkins Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA September 2017 The 2018 TLT […]

Virtually There: Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

These educators are embracing virtual reality as a new tool for student engagement, collaboration, and content creation.

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The 2018 TLT Project: YA A to Z

Each year in addition to our regular book reviews, professional discussions and makerspace and program recaps, we have a special yearly theme here at TLT that we ask you – our readers – to help us with. It began in 2014 with the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project. We have since then covered […]

How To Plan a Cosplay Workshop for Teens

Strategies for planning an event, recruiting experts, and teaching crafting and make-up skills.

What’s New in LGBTQIA+ YA September 2017

It’s time for another roundup for new and forthcoming YA (and sometimes not YA) books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters.  The titles I include in these roundups have LGBTQIA+ main characters as well as secondary characters (in some cases parents), as well as anthologies that include LGBTQIA+ stories. Know of a title I missed in this list? Or know […]

Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher’s description Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. “There’s Someone Inside Your House is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition […]

C2: Collecting Comics for September and October 2017 with Ally Watkins

Today, librarian extraordinaire Ally Watkins begins her new monthly feature where she talks to us about comics and graphic novels to help us all with our collection development. Thanks Ally! Do your young students and patrons love comics? Are you constantly on the hunt for more? Here are some suggestions for comics and graphic novels […]

Contemporary Reads from Celeste Ng, Stephen King, & More | Adult Books 4 Teens

From Stephen King’s latest thriller to Tabish Khair’s exploration of two girls who run away to join ISIS to Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel, these latest releases are loaded with teen appeal.

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 […]