April 23, 2018

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Book Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Publisher’s description It’s Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen’s attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push […]

Book Review: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Publisher’s description Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love in this charming young adult romance that’s perfect for fans of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Joanna […]

#FSYALit: A Recap of the Discussion on Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit, presented by Karen Jensen and Ally Watkins at TLA 2016

Tuesday, April 19th, Ally Watkins and I presented an overview of the #FSYALit discussion (which is ongoing) at the TLA Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. Here are the slides we discussed. And here are some of our notes: SLIDE 1: Introductions SLIDE 2: We are white christian women, our voices are very much the least […]

Dark Shadows in a Glittering Metropolis: Magic and Religion in Jaclyn Dolamore’s Dark Metropolis Series (a guest post for #FSYALit)

Today I am very excited to host a guest post as part of the #FSYALit Discussion on the Dark Metropolis series by Jaclyn Dolamore. Dark Metropolis is a book that I became familiar with as a Cybils judge and it is truly a fascinating book. Set in a dark world of fantasy, it adds a […]

The Faith of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a #FSYALit guest post with author interview

Today as part of our ongoing discussion on Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) guest Catherine Posey is discussing The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. She even reached out to author Rae Carson who was kind enough to answer some questions for this post. You can find all the #FSYALit posts […]

DEVOTED: Religion, Feminism, and the Case for Compassion , a #FSYALit guest post by author Corey Ann Haydu

Earlier this year I read and was deeply moved by a book called Making Pretty. I was so moved by the author that I wrote her an email explaining to her what my life was like growing up and how I knew exactly what the two main characters in her book were thinking and feeling, […]

They Still Break Girls, Don’t They: A Reflection on THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY for #FSYALit

I have in my mind an ongoing list of YA books that everyone should read if they care about girls. And since everyone should care about girls, that means that everyone should read them. The list includes books like Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. And now […]

Pulling Back the Veil, a #FSYALit discussion of CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, part II

Earlier today Ally Watkins discussed the concept of Hidden Things in her brilliant and slightly spoilery post on CONVICTION. I am going to discuss the book some more in a HUGELY INCREDIBLY SPOILERY POST SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET GO READ IT AND THEN COME BACK. I’m serious: A huge major spoiler will […]

Hidden Things: A #FSYALit discussion of the book CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, a guest post by Ally Watkins

Please Note: Some Very Slight Spoilers for CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert appear below. Consider yourself spoiler warned. Today, as part of our ongoing Faith and Spirituality in YA Literature discussion (#FSYALit), Ally Watkins and I are talking about the book CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert. The origins of the modern church are laid out […]

Hinduism in YA Lit: A #FSYALit Guest Post by Shveta Thakrar

As part of the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) Discussion, we are honored today to feature guest blogger and YA author Shveta Thakrar to discuss Hinduism in YA Literature. One thing that frustrates me is seeing the word religious come to be equated with “Christian.” Not only is this inaccurate, but it also erases […]

Sunday Reflections: Writing Religion When It’s Not Your Faith, a guest post by Melissa Walker (#FSYALit)

As a Youth Ministry major at a conservative Christian college in the Midwest, I soon became acquainted with a yearly Halloween tradition known as Hell House or Hell Stop, depending on what they chose to call it. It was a new concept to me and I went and visited one once and to me, personally, […]

I Was a Sixteen Year-Old Jesus Freak (Just Not In the Way You Think) by Terra Elan McVoy for #FSYALit

Today we are honored to host author Terra Elan McVoy as she discusses her personal teen faith journey and her book, PURE. You can read all the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Discussion (#FSYALit) posts here. Being a devoted Christian in my hometown of Tallahassee, FL, didn’t exactly make me a minority, but in […]

#FSYALit: Muslim Representation in YA Lit, a guest post by Kaye M

Today for our ongoing Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit Discussion, we are honored to have Kaye M discussing Muslim Representation in YA Lit. You can find all of the #FSYALit Posts here. “So, are there any books about girls like you that you could recommend?” My Catholic best friend posed this question to me […]

#FSYALit Roundtable: 5 YA Authors Talk About Faith, Teens and YA Literature

As part of the Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) Discussion, author Kelly Loy Gilbert put together a fabulous roundtable discussion between several YA authors. We’re going to present this roundtable to you in two parts. In part I, our authors talk a little bit about the role that faith plays in their lives […]

#FSYALit: Doubt and the Teenage Religious Experience, thoughts on EDEN WEST (Pete Hautman), a #FSYALit post by Ally Watkins

Something Karen tweeted as we were discussing this project a while back really stuck with me. She said that discussing religion is difficult because everyone assumes they’re coming from correct place. Man, is that ever true. And it rings even truer in EDEN WEST, Pete Hautman’s latest about a 17-year-old boy named Jacob who has […]

#FSYALit: Orthodox Representation in YA Lit

Over the past year, I have seen an increase of representation of Protestant Christians in YA lit that isn’t published by a Christian publisher. Maybe it’s just because I have been looking for it more for this discussion, but it does in fact seem like there has been a genuine increase in authors recognizing and […]

#FSYALit: Hooking Up with Jesus, a discussion of Jackson Pearce’s PURITY by guest blogger Jen Leitch

Today as part of our ongoing discussion of Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit, guest blogger Jen Leitch is discussing PURITY by Jackson Pearce. You can learn more about the discussion and see the previous posts at the #FSYALit Discussion Hub. “The only thing I leave the session with is a sense of certainty that […]

Friday Finds – March 27, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: On Trying to Be Better Zombie Love: Why Are Zombie Things So Popular? (A guest post by Geri Diorio) Middle Grade Monday – Women in Fiction Book Review: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach #FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, […]

#FSYALIT Girls Like Me Don’t: Thoughts on Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally, a guest post by Katelyn Browne

I moved a lot growing up. “A different school every other grade” kind of a lot. It’s usually the first thing I tell people when I’m trying to explain why I am the way I am, or why I can’t just tell you where I’m from. That’s one thing that makes me very different from […]

#FSYALit: We Can’t Be Afraid of Honest Questions, a guest post by Bryan Bliss about his debut novel No Parking at the End Times

As part of our ongoing discussion of Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit, #FSYALit, we are honored to host author Bryan Bliss as he discusses writing about faith in a YA novel. When I came up with the idea for my novel, No Parking at the End Times, I was worried. Partially, that fear came […]