February 18, 2018

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Better Late Than Never: Late fines stop teens from coming to the library | Teenage Riot

If you ask teens why they rarely visit libraries, they’ll likely say something about the mean librarians or slow computers. But the issue of late fines almost always comes up. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when the Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library surveyed their young patrons and discovered that 41 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds said their library cards were blocked due to overdue materials. These kids weren’t using the library because they couldn’t afford it.

I’m the first to admit that […]

Location Is Everything | Consider the Source

The biggest challenge for writers of nonfiction for young people? Creating context

Lately, I’ve been reading Francine Prose’s wonderful book Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and Those Who Want to Write Them (HarperCollins, 2006). It’s a real treasure trove of examples of well-crafted sentences and paragraphs by some of the world’s greatest writers, including Dostoyevsky, Austen, Chekhov, and Woolf. Prose, an accomplished novelist, turns each sentence or passage over—examining it, thinking about it, helping us […]

A Bronx Tale | Under Cover

First-time author Coe Booth follows a teen’s struggle to stay alive

Tyrell is about a 15-year-old Bronx boy whose family is homeless. Before you became a writer, I read that you worked with families in crisis.

My technical title was child protective specialist. For three years, I worked only in the Bronx, and I investigated and worked with families who had something to do with sex abuse. Then I did one year where I worked just crisis, from midnight to eight […]