February 18, 2018

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Nail-biters: Gripping Tales | Focus On


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Just what constitutes a “nail-biter” is certainly open for debate, but librarians know they are highly sought after titles. Suspense and action are two main requisites, and a good thriller is structured to keep readers hanging at the end of almost every chapter, leaving them hungry for more. For those serving reluctant readers, these titles are gold. Fortunately, nail-biters can be found in almost every genre. Since YA lit has been dominated by […]

Gangs, Drugs, and Renewal: Self-published Memoirs Offer Hope to Troubled Teens

Ten teens, ages 16 to 17, dressed in tan pull-on pants and dark blue sweatshirts with “Alameda County Juvenile Hall” stamped across their chests, are in my library, crowding around me and talking all at once.
“He said he was hit with an electrical cord, but in the book he says it was a snakeskin belt,” says one boy, pouncing on a disparity between what an author told us when he recently visited and what he wrote in his memoir.

Take the Plunge: It’s time to start using audiobooks to support the STEM initiative | Listen In

Illustration from Life in the Ocean ©Claire Nivola.Courtesy of Frances Foster Bks./FSG BYR, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Pub. Group

An initiative that has gained national attention is the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Coalition (www.stemedcoalition.org), supported by major associations and corporations such as the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and Microsoft, to name just a few. The coalition not only advocates for federal […]