May 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Sadie seems to have it all: loving parents, a supportive boyfriend, and a best friend. But she’s only going through the motions.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –“You simply couldn’t out-jerk a jerk like me.” Clara Shin, the protagonist in Goo’s latest, delivers this line with pride.

Catch a Wave with These YA Sports Titles | SLJ Spotlight

Four refreshing new additions to the world of YA sports fiction, with complex female protagonists.

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Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –The past year has brought its share of woes for Mariam Sharma and her best friends, Ghaz and Umar. The remedy? A summer road trip.

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –In the wake of her younger sister Alex coming into her powers as an Encantrix, everything Lula thought she knew about herself and magic seems less certain.

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –What is the appropriate response to the death of a grandparent? What about when the grandparent was your best friend?

The Latest from Melissa de la Cruz, a “Peter Pan” Retelling, & More | May 2018 YA Xpress Reviews

A spy novel set during the Holocaust, a feminist Peter Pan, and more Alexander Hamilton.

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YA Sequels from Lauren James, Matthew Laurence, Peadar O’Guilin, & More | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

An emotional love story centers a protagonist with an uncommon allergy; the Carnival Fantastic traps a teenager in a curse; Mulan takes an action-packed trip to the underworld.

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Book Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Publisher’s Book Description: When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders […]

YA A to Z: All You Need are Dragons, a guest post by Cindy Shutts

Today for YA A to Z, guest poster Cindy Shutts is talking dragons! Dragons are beasts that have lived in the imagination of people all over the world and bring an element of mythology and world building to the canon of Young Adult Fiction. Patricia Wrede changed the role of dragons in Young Adult Fiction […]

The Quest for Good YA Publishing Statistics

Searching for Good YA Publishing Statistics// So I am currently working on doing some hardcore YA collection data analysis for my library. In addition to looking at what we have and how much it circulates, I was curious to know how much YA is published yearly to get a better idea of our YA collection […]

Asian American Voices in Young Adult Literature, a #YAAtoZ guest post by Kristyn Dorfman

Today for YA A to Z we are delighted to present with you a discussion of Asian American Voices in YA Literature by library Kristyn Dorfman. The need for diverse narratives has always been important but that has not always been apparent in the books we see published. Now, finally, diverse stories have been gaining […]

B is for Brothers *and* Sisters; a Take 5 List

Today is the last day of January, so it’s our last day with the Letter B (though we will still post something if we get it because we like this discussion). Today TLTer Heather Booth is discussing brothers (and sisters). If you are in a mixed gender sibling group, you might have noticed the relative […]

#MHYALit: Small Towns and Mental Illness, a guest post by This is Not a Love Letter author Kim Purcell

Today we are honored to have a guest post by author Kim Purcell. She is discussing with us the topic of small towns and mental health. She is also generously offering to give away one copy of THIS IS NOT A LOVE LETTER, which comes out tomorrow, January 30th, from Disney Hyperion. In This Is […]

YA A to Z: Alcoholism, In Real Life and in Real Fiction, by by L.B. Schulman

It’s January, which means we’re discussing the Letter A in YA A to Z. Today we are talking about alcoholism with author L. B. Schulman. You can find out more about YA A to Z here. When I was 13, my stepfather came home with a dim diagnosis from his doctor.  If he kept drinking, […]

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –A year has passed since the events of Scythe and Scythe Anastasia, once known as Citra Terranova, lives with her mentor, Scythe Marie Curie, and performs her gleanings in relative peace despite causing a rift in the Scythedom by giving her subjects a month to choose how they want to be gleaned, aka killed.

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 8 Up –Porter takes the story of Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga, sets it in New York, and turns it on its chicken legs.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 9 Up –Seventeen-year-old Minnow Bly is sentenced to juvenile detention for brutally assaulting a mentally disturbed man. Only 12 hours prior, her entire community had been burned to the ground and the Prophet, the leader of the cult to which her family belonged, had been murdered.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Evan Panos is living in an undeniably abusive home.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Maya Aziz should be on top of the world. She got accepted into film school at NYU, and the cute boy she has been spending time with seems to be into her. The only problem is, she’s been hiding all of this from her loving but very traditional Indian American parents.