While readers might be familiar with Dana Schwartz through her extremely popular twitter parody accounts, @guyinyourmfa and @dystopianya, they will be introduced to another side of her with her charming and insightful novel, And We’re Off. Nora Holmes is set to spend the summer before her senior high school at a prestigious art institute in Ireland, the perfect place to be with like-minded students, escape the gaze of her tightly wound mother, and shed the memories of a fizzled relationship. All of this is thrown away when her mother, nursing her own wounds after a painful divorce, decides at the last moment to accompany Nora on the trip. With a deft eye for character and plotting, Schwartz crafts a winning road trip while also exploring topics like identity, creativity, and of course, mother-daughter relationships.
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Booki Vivat’s exuberant Frazzled introduces readers to Abbie Wu, a wisecracking sixth grader struggling with the transition to middle school. Her two best friends have thrived in their respective activities, while at home she is bookended by a brilliant older brother and adorable younger sister. Abbie’s voice, by turns droll and vulnerable, is bolstered by Vivat’s […]
M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up tells the story of Pen, a gender-nonconforming high-school student, as she navigates a tumultuous year that involves breaking free from her domineering friend Colby, staking her independence from her overprotective parents, and embarking on a romance with her alluring classmate Blake. Pen’s vibrant and funny voice will draw readers in […]
“The True Story of My Heart”– Kate DiCamillo Talks friendship, summer reading, and “Raymie Nightingale”
Kate DiCamillo has been a favorite of young adult readers since the publication of her first novel, Because of Winn Dixie. That book was named a Newbery Honor book in 2001, while her later books The Tale of Desperaux and Flora and Ulysses both won the Newbery Award. Her most recent work, Raymie Nightingale, is sure to be similarly embraced by fans and critics alike. Focused on a trio of ten year-old girls who–for very different reasons–have all entered the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, Raymie Nightingale follows the girls’ exploits through baton-twirling classes, an animal shelter break-in, and a reconnaissance mission at a nursing home. At its heart is the title character, who leaps off the page with her resilience and ingenuity. Brendan Dowling spoke to Kate DiCamillo via email on May 9th, 2016.
Nicola Yoon’s debut novel Everything, Everything tells the coming-of-age story of Maddy, a witty eighteen year-old diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Confined to her house since an infant, she leads a solitary existence, interacting only with her mother and home nurse. All of this changes with the arrival of Olly, her charming next-door neighbor who’s as equally adept at parkour as he is at crafting a swoon-worthy e-mail. Their unusual courtship is charted through their droll email and IM exchanges, where they crack wise about everything from suicidal Bundt cakes to the state fish of Hawaii. School Library Journal listed Everything, Everything as one of its Best Books 2015 and The New York Times praised it as “offbeat, pragmatic and sweetly romantic.” Brendan Dowling interviewed Nicola Yoon on March 1st.
Award winning author Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books for several years. This year, her book for older children, El Deafo, earned her a Newberry Honor. A graphic novel memoir, El Deafo tells her story of becoming almost completely deaf at a young age due to illness. Depicting the resulting challenges—and delights—are a cast of bunny characters that tell a very human story.
Looking to get in the romantic spirit this Valentine’s Day? Here are some great YA fiction titles that will make you feel the love:
Youth services departments are tremendously undervalued in public libraries, and there are many things a successful children’s librarian needs to know.
I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper
This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.
Encouraging, not judging readers.
In Kathleen Hale’s exceptional debut novel, No One Else Can Have You, sixteen year-old Kippy Bushman sets out to solve the gruesome murder of her best friend, Ruth Fried. As Kippy investigates those closest to Ruth, she realizes everyone in her seemingly cheerful hometown harbors dark secrets, from Kippy’s peppy guidance counselor father to Ruth’s […]
Taking part in YALSA’s The Hub Reading Challenge is an adventure! The Challenge consists of reading 25 of the 83 award winners by June 22, 2013. I have 17 of the titles read, so I am on track! By reading these award winners, I’ve discovered new authors and have current, great books to suggest to teens. This is my final blog post about the Challenge and I wanted to share a bit about a few of the books I’ve read so far. The selection of books represents just a few in the Challenge.
The teen book publishing is booming and that makes for quite a few teen books to read (I know, huge understatement). Making the decision about which title to read next can be difficult, especially when I want to be able to recommend teen books to sixth graders through adults. I like to be able to talk about the popular books that are flying off the shelves. I also want to be able to suggest read-alikes that are not as well known. To be able to do this I have to read regularly (my Goodreads goal is to read 85 books this year), and, luckily, I found The Hub Reading Challenge to help me achieve that. So, welcome to the second installment on my experience with YALSA’s The Hub 2013 Reading Challenge! In this post, I will continue to explain the awards that are a part of this Reading Challenge: Schneider Family Book Award, Stonewall Book Award and YALSA’s 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction,Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks.
As a teen librarian, I strive to read numerous books of a wide variety. I do this for several reasons: to stay current with new books, to find great books to recommend, to chat with teens about books, and to present booktalks. I also find myself discussing teen books with parents. They are quite interested in what their children are reading, and award winners get them excited every time.