June 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

The Legacy of Margaret A. Edwards and the Birth of an Award

A YALSA past president reflects on the influence of Margaret A. Edwards and the award that bears her name.

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 […]

A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday The Teen and I attended the HOPE NATION launch party at Irving Public Library. One of her best friends, a big reader and also the daughter of a YA librarian, was there with us as well. We were excited to learn more about this anthology, get copies signed, and to hear the authors share […]

A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday The Teen and I attended the HOPE NATION launch party at Irving Public Library. One of her best friends, a big reader and also the daughter of a YA librarian, was there with us as well. We were excited to learn more about this anthology, get copies signed, and to hear the authors share […]

Take 5: Five Reasons You Should Read THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater, seriously right now

I don’t typically read a lot of nonfiction, but I was blown away by The 57 Bus, which I stumbled onto by accident. I’m part of a book club and this Christmas, we played some book exchange game where everyone brought a book and we traded and what not. The 57 Bus was hands down […]

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 […]

New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]

YA is Ultimately for Teens, and That’s Okay

The other day a parent came up to me and we engaged in some good old fashioned Reader’s Advisory. Her daughter was 11, a young 11. And she wanted some recommendations for some YA titles, but she was very worried about content. In the end I told her that after talking with her, I thought […]

Take 5: Using YA Lit to Talk Government, Power, Politics, Corruption and More (An #SJYALit Book List)

A few years ago, I believe it was Cory Doctorow who Tweeted that no one discusses politics in literature anymore. Which struck me, at the time, as an odd statement because it was the height of YA Dystopian, which arguably is all about power and politics. It could also have been someone other then Cory […]

Writes & Wrongs | When Authorship and Adolescence Converge

Several new YA titles explore the world where authorship and adolescence converge—dramatically.

#MHYALit: My Definition of Crazy, a guest post by author Lois Metzger

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Lois Metzger. Her newest book, Change Places with Me, will be released tomorrow. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I’m at my bedroom window, looking out at the building across the way.  Unbelievably, it’s on fire.  I can see a […]

Sumer #YALit #ARCParty

  A look at some upcoming May, June and July ARCs of YA Lit TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Getting ready to start an #aRCParty with The Teen & Bestie to look at some upcoming new releases. Tue, Apr 26 2016 21:44:53 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Here’s how it works: they’ll read the back of each book out loud & share […]

January #ARCParty – A Look at January, February and March 2016 YA Lit Releases

January #ARCParty Here’s The Teen, The Bestie, and new TAB member Cat taking a look at some of the most recent ARCs that we have received here at TLT Headquarters (aka, Casa Jensen). In case you are new to TLT, here’s what we do: The teens go through each book and look at the cover […]

Priorities, or An Embarrassment of Riches

So sorry I was incapacitated on Monday and didn’t get to post my usual Middle Grade Monday! I hope you can forgive me. I’ve recently come to the realization that, although my Mother generously gave me a bookcase last year, I still have stacks of books around my house. They’re decorative! But, seriously, I’ve had […]

Tuck Turns 40

On Tuck Everlasting’s 40th anniversary, Gregory Maguire hosts an evening dedicated to the Natalie Babbitt YA classic in New York City’s Symphony Space, and SLJ talks to the 82-year-old Babbitt.

Disabled Characters in YA Literature

Writer Carly Okyle was born with cerebral palsy—a movement disorder—in 1985. She writes of how growing up, she wasn’t exposed to disabled characters in books and television and how the media landscape has changed over time, with disability hitting the mainstream, including some worthy book titles.