April 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra wants to dismantle the patriarchy and show the world that a woman of color has stories worth telling.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton & Jodi Meadows | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –This standalone alternate history novel inserts teenaged aspiring author Charlotte Brontë into the world of her own making (with the addition of ghosts) as she chronicles the life of her best friend at Lowood, Jane Eyre, as inspiration for her first novel.

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Fifteen-year-old Gerta Rausch did not know she was Jewish until the day she was picked up by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Since she was in eighth grade, Mara has held onto a secret that has shamed and hollowed her.

American Panda by Gloria Chao | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Mei Lu is out of place at MIT and everywhere else in her life.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Narrated by 17-year-old Marvin Johnson, this novel gives readers a glimpse into the life and the tragic death of his identical twin Tyler.

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Set during the Zoot Suit riots, this novel in verse tells a fictional account of a dark time in American history.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Slavery comes to a halt when the dead on Civil War battlefields begin to rise and eat their compatriots.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –When Zarin and her friend Porus die in a car accident in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, everyone, from the religious police to Zarin’s classmates, is suspicious—was Porus one of Zarin’s many romantic liaisons? Only the deceased teens know the truth, and as their spirits hover above the wreckage, they look back on what led up to this point.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Elsa is a scripted being. She was called into existence as subtext by a scriptologist, a maker of worlds who made Veldana, the place where she lives.

Tradition by Brendan Kiely | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Traditions at Fullbrook Academy: seniors escort freshmen to the Winter Ball; hockey players stack a puck in their window for each sexual conquest; and rich kids rule.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Bring out the tissues: this deftly written tale of three teenagers coping with love and loss will pull heartstrings.

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 […]

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Weaving two stories together—that of Attia, a 17-year-old Thracian warrior princess, and of Xanthus, a gladiator—Wyk crafts a cast of relatable characters whose lives have been thrown together as a result of massacre.

Two Teen Titles On Gladiators | SLJ Spotlight

Two YA titles that highlight women warriors, including Lesley Livingston’s follow-up to The Valiant.

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Artemisia Gentileschi, 17-year-old daughter of a mediocre Renaissance painter, assists her choleric father Orazio in his studio, mixing colors but, moreso, trying to save face for him by finishing paintings that he is incapable of completing.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –With great power comes great responsibility—and even more confusion.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 10 Up –Since a young age Xifeng, who possesses great beauty, has been told by her aunt, Guma, that she is destined for greatness.

A Collection of Tweets on the Discussion of YA Books Set in College/Post High School

Over the past few days, there has been an ongoing discussion on Twitter about the need for YA books that highlight the post high school life and whether or not they should be marketed as YA. I tweeted a lot about it and have compiled those tweets below. I am also working on putting together […]

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger | SLJ Review

Gr 10 Up –Alvie is 17. She enjoys her routine of working at the zoo, coming home to her apartment, playing on her laptop, and going to the park near her home.