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One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with M.T. Anderson - The Hub

One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with M.T. Anderson - The Hub | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Hub blogger Julie Bartel interviews National Book Award winner and multiple Printz Honor Book recipient M.T. Anderson.


There are, unfortunately, some adults who scorn the literature that is written specifically for teenagers. If you are one of those people, if you hold even the tiniest, most secret sliver of doubt that Young Adult literature as a genre should be valued, treasured and even taught, you need to meet M. T. Anderson and his work.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Comics in the Classroom

Five-Minute Film Festival: Comics in the Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Graphic novels and comics offer many teaching opportunities for educators who want to take advantage of their broad appeal and themes. Find out how to add some bam! to your classroom with this short video playlist.
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What Judy Blume’s Books Meant

What Judy Blume’s Books Meant | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As Ms. Blume prepares to promote her new novel, “In the Unlikely Event,” Lena Dunham, Samantha Bee and others discuss how her work influenced them.
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Alex Award Predictions

The Alex Awards are given to books originally published for adults that are "crossover" titles--books that also appeal to young adults and teens. The final list of ten books will be announced on February 2nd at the American Library Association's annual Midwinter conference, but here are a few likely contenders--perhaps you've read some of them yourself?

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Why is dystopian fiction still so popular?

Why is dystopian fiction still so popular? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teen writer Alex Campbell on the rolling attraction of dystopia – still here, still big, despite predictions of its decline. Is it art imitating life that keeps it hot?
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YALSA's Teens' Top Ten: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

The Young Adult Library Services Association announces their annual list of the Teens' Top Ten--books chosen as favorites by teenage readers.

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Sherman Alexie: Why the Best Kids Books are Written in Blood

In honor of Banned Books Week, the NCTE has shared this article by Sherman Alexie.

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If You Think YA Fiction Isn't Complex, You Haven't Read Enough

If You Think YA Fiction Isn't Complex, You Haven't Read Enough | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To use just one example, Stacey Donovan's Dive neatly dismantles the argument that fiction for teens can't also be serious, messy, thought-provoking literature.
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SYNC

Every summer, this amazing program offers you the chance to download (and keep) free audiobooks--a different pair is offered each week, for only that one week. The pairs include on contemporary popular Young Adult Lit title and one classic. The program started on May 15, so you only have until the end of the day on the 21st to download the first pair of titles. Ask your librarian for help if you need guidance setting up the OverDrive software on your device! 

What?

SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.

Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.  You can prepare for the program by downloading the software to your desktop and whichever device you anticipate listening on.

SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.

SYNC gives away 2 FREE audiobook downloads every week each summer. In 2014, 26 titles will be given away over 13 weeks starting May 15th.

Why?

SYNC audiobook titles are given away in thematic pairs. Young Adult focused titles are partnered with classics, required reading titles and other thematically appropriate Young Adult tiles to encourage literacy and listening in young people across the country.

Who?

SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through OverDrive Media Console.

How?

Simply sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available.  You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by simply following the SYNC blog.

Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles.  The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

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‘Ender’s Game’ and Orson Scott Card: Teachable Moments in Media Literacy

‘Ender’s Game’ and Orson Scott Card: Teachable Moments in Media Literacy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teens interested in Ender's Game—both the acclaimed science fiction novel and its big budget film adaptation opening this weekend—may be curious about the recent controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card’s outspoken views.
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Pride Week Guest Post from Nora Olsen: A Short History of Gay YA

Pride Week Guest Post from Nora Olsen: A Short History of Gay YA | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For good or ill, we are obsessed with the “first” everything. So, what is the first queer YA novel? With that in mind, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind tour of a few notable moments in queer YA...
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Round-Up: The Great Bookish April Fools Pranks of 2013

Round-Up: The Great Bookish April Fools Pranks of 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Book-related April Fools stories you may have missed.  Or that you may just not "get." But I guarantee that the most bookish of your students will "get" them.  Except for the one about the Pulitzers.

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American Library Association announces 2013 youth media award winners

And the winners are...  Some people watch the Golden Globes, some get excited about the Oscars, but the day librarians across the country (this one included) anticipate and celebrate is always the last Monday in January--the day the ALA announces the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and many other award-winners for best children's and teen literature. We get pretty competitive about the predictions, too.  Alas, my predictions were pretty far off the mark this year, but I am not alone--the reaction from the teen librarians is that we are all quite surprised by the Printz Award winners.  Twitter and blogs have lit up with outrage that favorites such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys did not even make the runners up list.

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How do you write for teenagers?

How do you write for teenagers? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sitting on buses, listening to slang or remembering back to their own adolescence, authors including Louise O’Neill, Patrick Ness, Annabel Pitcher, Melvin Burgess, Benjamin Zephaniah tell all
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YA Titles Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month - The Hub

YA Titles Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month - The Hub | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) celebrates the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. September 15th is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this month.The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
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The Impact of Assigned Reading on Reading Pleasure in Young Adults

This research presents the results of a survey of 833 U.S. adolescents, ages twelve to eighteen years old. It was hypothesized that teachers are assigning reading (rather than students self-selecting books) and that this leads to dissatisfaction with reading. Additional factors (gender, age, and self-identification as a reader) were also examined for their influence on reading satisfaction. The results indicate that approximately one-third of the respondents were allowed to select books for school reading assignments and that self-selection had a statistical impact on their self-perceived reading pleasure. Limitations include geographic location, a non-random sample, and data collection by various surveyors. This study adds to the growing body of research showing that student self-selection of reading materials leads to greater pleasure and interest in reading.
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SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists

SLJ Reviews and Resources for YALSA 2015 Morris and Nonfiction Finalists | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Awards season is well underway in the children’s and YA lit world, and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) made its contribution last week when it revealed the shortlists for its nonfiction and debut YA awards. SLJ has compiled the full reviews and resources for each of the finalists.
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Young Adult Fiction Doesn't Need to Be a 'Gateway' to the Classics

Young Adult Fiction Doesn't Need to Be a 'Gateway' to the Classics | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There's a reason kids prefer Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series to ancient Greek mythology.
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Why adults are buzzing about YA literature | PBS NewsHour

Why adults are buzzing about YA literature | PBS NewsHour | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Young adult literature has become a booming business and one of the fastest growing book categories for publishers in recent years, with more than 715 million books sold in 2013 -- mostly to adults. NewsHour Weekend's Tracy Wholf reports. Continue reading →
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Young Adult literature proves its range in National Book Award longlist

Young Adult literature proves its range in National Book Award longlist | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Ten nominees showcase the evolving range of genre that continues to be attention-grabbing and controversial, writes Jen Doll
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Margaret Talbot: John Green, Author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and His Army of Fans

Margaret Talbot: John Green, Author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and His Army of Fans | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On June 6th, Twentieth-Century Fox releases “The Fault in Our Stars,” the movie version of John Green’s wildly successful 2012 novel about teen-agers with cancer. “T.F.I.O.S.,” as fans call it, has been on the Times Y.A. best-seller list for seventy-eight consecutive weeks, fifty-one of them at No. 1. In recent years, whenever Green has appeared at a book signing he has been greeted by hundreds, often thousands, of screaming fans, mostly teen-age girls.
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They Turned My Book Into a Movie. Here's What I Learned - Brent's Brain

They Turned My Book Into a Movie. Here's What I Learned - Brent's Brain | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Brent Hartinger's thoughts about getting his groundbreaking teen novel (it is about a gay boy and a GSA in a high school), Geography Club, published and now made into a movie.

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What Terrifies Teens In Today's Young Adult Novels? The Economy

What Terrifies Teens In Today's Young Adult Novels? The Economy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Popular young adult books confront poverty and hunger — very real issues for many of today's teens.
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E.L. Konigsburg, 1930–2013

E.L. Konigsburg, 1930–2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Esteemed children’s author E.L. Konigsburg, a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, died on Friday at age 83.
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A Note on Nerdfighters

A Note on Nerdfighters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the teen-age population, “nerdfighter” (as a compound word) has a very specific meaning and etymology. Primarily, it identifies the teen-ager in question as a follower of John Green.
Heather Perkinson's insight:

"We hear a lot about the perils of the Internet for the young. And yet, it does have another function. It is a place where the horizons of self-definition are widely set, where those interesting, fluid moments of identity can be explored. "

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/03/a-note-on-nerdfighters.html#ixzz2NVNZtMWy

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