Young Adult

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Ellen Emerson Scores a Hit with A SEASON OF DARING GREATLY

Lynn: Sometimes a book is just what you need at a particular time. That was the case for me with Ellen Emerson White’s A Season of Daring Greatly (2017). I’m a fan of baseball and baseball books. I love an underdog story and stories with an interesting ensemble cast. And in these challenging times, I […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Team Romance or Team Independent: Teens Chime in on Love in Dystopian Fiction

Cindy and Lynn: Lynn missed a wild middle-school book club meeting a few weeks ago. I believe it started during Jackson’s rave review of the recent Printz honor title Scythe by Neal Shusterman. This 8th-grade reader loved the book, but commented that he really doesn’t need romance in his dystopian books. “Romance is fine,” he said. […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
Webcomics Wednesday: STARHAMMER

Webcomics Wednesday: STARHAMMER

Followers of my Webcomics Wednesday posts might notice a recurring theme: I cover a lot of webcomics about young girls who suddenly find themselves gifted with magic powers. Though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like that trope, there’s another reason I cover it so often: The world of webcomics is simply flooded with […]

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

A Welcome New Voice: AMINA’S VOICE

Lynn: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing recently announced a new imprint, Salaam Reads.  Their mission: “to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families, and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works.” It couldn’t come at a better time. The first book […]

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Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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ALA Euphoria

ALA Euphoria

Lynn and Cindy: We are back from the inspiring ALA Midwinter Meetings in Atlanta and beginning to catch up on sleep and work. During that historical moment, it was perfect to be with so many like-minded people. Suffice it to say, the word “march” turned out to be a major theme that weekend. The Youth Media […]

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Buried in Books and Sticky Notes

Cindy: Lynn and I are just back from the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Meetings, and we’re still in the process of unpacking the books we scored at the exhibits and preview events. Posted by John David Anderson (author of last year’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day) landed at the top of my luggage. Due in May, the novel concerns […]

Book Trailer Thursday: ALLEGEDLY

Though brief, this week’s featured trailer is too haunting not to share. Slashes of red text and flashes of jail juxtapose images of a pristine nursery. Meanwhile, speaking in tones both soft and self-assured, innocent and eerie, the narrator—16-year-old Mary B. Addison—insinuates that she is ready to tell her side of her story. Convicted of infanticide […]

Adam Silvera Shows Us His Desk and Tiny Dog

Adam Silvera’s new book is out today! The bestselling, critically celebrated author of More Happy Than Not (2015) made a video for Booklist to celebrate the release of History is All You Left Me, to which Michael Cart gave an enthusiastic starred review for its “elegiac and melancholy” depiction of teen love and loss. Watch the video […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 19: Dating

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we discuss the concept of dating: What it was like when we were teenagers, what it’s like for teenagers now, and how some books handle this variable romantical endeavor. Do you have some insight on dating then/now, or any book recommendations that deal with dating in a […]