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Beyond Forever: Female Desire and Empowerment in YA Lit | The Hub

Beyond Forever: Female Desire and Empowerment in YA Lit | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I read the Lauren Myracle book, now I have to read the others!

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Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang's innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ's 2014 Battle of the Kids' Books.
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Imagine my surprise! I just read both of these as part of the 2014 Hub Challenge:)

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The Monday Poll: The Worst Best Friend in YA Lit | The Hub

The Monday Poll: The Worst Best Friend in YA Lit | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Who did you vote for as the worst best friend in YA Lit?

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Young Adult-Picture Book Pairings: Cinderella Stories | The Hub

Young Adult-Picture Book Pairings: Cinderella Stories | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I love Cinderalla stories- especially Cinder!!!

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a review of Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

a review of Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Wow, Chip Kidd has written, designed, and illustrated the BEST book for graphic design for kids; I recommend everyone read this book----they will love it. What did I learn? I had no idea Chip Kidd was involved in sooo many books, book covers (like Jurassic Park and all the covers on pages 10-12, 68-69, p. 112-115). In each of the six chapters, Kidd goes into detail about What is Graphic Design?, Form, Typography, Content, Concept and 10 Design Projects. I really liked the Chapter 4 Concept on Illusion (p. 109) where Kidd, G. Spear and Augusten Burroughs "goofed on the title, Side Effects, ...
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The 2014 Hub Challenge and this book makes graphic design terrific, exciting and interesting!!! A must read. 

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a review of Boxers

a review of Boxers | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I read this as part of the 2014 Hub Challenge and what a great graphic novel exploring the China of 1898 when the peasants were besieged by the foreign missionaries and soldiers. It was wonderful to see Bao's love of life, the gods and their involvement in his daily life and culture. My favorite character had to be Red Lantern; he had an impressive air about him that helped Bao mature and lead The Big Sword Society which later becomes The Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist. But Bao as he succeeds he continues to have doubts and conflicts with his mission. What will his future ...
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The 2014 Hub Challenge, great graphic novel!

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How The Book Thief Stole My Heart by Trevor Scott Barton

How The Book Thief Stole My Heart by Trevor Scott Barton | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a wonderful book. A literary friend lent me a copy of it. "I usually buy books on my Kindle," she told me, "But I love this book so much, I got a copy of it for my...
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Trevor Scott Burton's life changed as a result of The Book Thief and I understand why!

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Young Adult Fiction for Starry Nights | The Hub

Young Adult Fiction for Starry Nights | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I would also like to add Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- they watch stars at night a lot!

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Mitali Perkins's Blog - Introducing OPEN MIC contributor Francisco X. Stork - March 31, 2014 16:30

Mitali Perkins's Blog - Introducing OPEN MIC contributor Francisco X. Stork - March 31, 2014 16:30 | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
YA Author Francisco X. StorkI'm delighted to continue to showcase the nine authors who collaborated with me on  OPEN MIC: RIFFS ON LIFE BETWEEN...
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Open Mic is a  great book of multicultural short stories and I loved Francisco Stork's story about siblings discussing their brother

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a review of Scowler

a review of Scowler | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Wow, there is something so twisted but absorbing in Daniel Kraus' books. I still think about Rotters and last night I couldn't get back to sleep thinking about Ry, his mom, and little sister, Sarah as Marvin Burke (dad and father) terrorizes his family after escaping from prison. But that is just one small part of this horror story extraordinaire. A meteorite has landed in their yard and Ry needs to call upon his three childhood toys to help him save his family from the sick, twisted, maniac that is his father. I couldn't stop checking the cover as I read the book and the title, Scowler,...
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This is part of The YALSA Hub Challenge I am participating in and this book won the Odyssey award for Amazing Audiobook.

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Novels in Verse for Poetry Month | The Hub

Novels in Verse for Poetry Month | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I LOVE Novels in Verse, there are so many fantastic titles here! My favorite is October Mourning by Leslea Newman...

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An Interview with Alex Award Winning Author Gavin Extence | The Hub

An Interview with Alex Award Winning Author Gavin Extence | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I love the Alex Awards and what a great interview!

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I wish I could tell Park and Eleanor about this.

I’M WRITING A GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!

So, this is the news I’ve been keeping secret so long, and I’m super-super excited about it.

I signed a deal with Calista Brill at FIRST SECOND BOOKS to write t...
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I will def be reading any graphic novel from Rainbow Rowell!!!

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The Big Kahuna Match: Between Boxers & Saints, P.S. Be Eleven, and Eleanor & Park — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books

The Big Kahuna Match: Between Boxers & Saints, P.S. Be Eleven, and Eleanor & Park — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I just LOVE what Jennifer Holm had to say about all three books!

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YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner — @lizb A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner — @lizb A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I read all of these books, I highly recommend you do, too!

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Jukebooks: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | The Hub

Jukebooks: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I want to read this book!

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YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations Announced! | The Hub

YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations Announced! | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I've got a lot of reading to do- but my fave, Eleanor and Park is on this list, so happy!

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a review of Saints

a review of Saints | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I read this as part of the 2014 Hub Challenge, and I enjoyed Four Girl (Vibiana) as much as I enjoyed Bao. She was a strong character because she had to be in her family. Four Girl seeks help and strength from Joan of Arc and Dr. Won and his wife and Father Bey as she converts to Christianity. As a Christian, Vibiana cares for children in the orphanage and begins to prepare to fight like Joan in order to fight against those who do not support Christianity. Like Bao in Boxers, will Vibiana survive?
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The 2014 Hub Challenge, great graphic novel!

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a review of We Are the Goldens

a review of We Are the Goldens | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for this wonderful, sorrowful look at how quickly two sisters lives will be challenged when one has a secret. Nell is beginning her freshman year in high school and she can’t wait. Her much loved older sister is now a junior, and Nell follows in her footsteps making the soccer team and reveling in her older sister’s glow. Nell tells We Are the Goldens in her voice like she is confiding to her sister, or writing her a long, long letter to be read later; then Layla will really understand all that Nell has been thinking and feeling about her...
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You will love Dana Reinhardt's new release about sisters and secrecy!

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Why It Matters to Be Passionate About Reading

Why It Matters to Be Passionate About Reading | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
"...I used to hate reading, it wasn't cool, you know?  But then when I heard you were my teacher, I was kinda excited because in your room it was ok to like reading." He speaks these words to me as...
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As teachers and librarians, we must all emulate P. Ripp's love of reading to our students.  It will always reap rewards:)

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Marissa Meyer's Blog - First Quarter Reading List, 2014 - April 02, 2014 23:00

Marissa Meyer's Blog - First Quarter Reading List, 2014 - April 02, 2014 23:00 | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
You know how sometimes you hit a reading lull, where no book that you pick up manages to hold your interest and everything you read feels just…. BLAH. Bu...
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I love so many book she has read and I have gotten more titles of books that I need to read, thank you Marissa Meyer!  I LOVE The Lunar Chronicle Series!!!

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The Monday Poll: Realistic YA Lit on the Big Screen | The Hub

The Monday Poll: Realistic YA Lit on the Big Screen | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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So many great novels, a really tough choice!

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a review of No Place

a review of No Place | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Todd Strasser's book are awesome and No Place will resonate with teens who have unending horrendous daily problems due to parents losing their jobs and then their homes. I really liked Dan who begins the book as a popular jock dating the most popular girl, playing baseball and thinking about college plans. Pretty quickly Dan's life spirals out of control when his parents who have been unemployed for 5 years inform him they have lost their home and are moving into Dignityville. Dignityville is a tent city that houses many who are struggling with homelessness and unemployment. There are r...
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A great ripped from the headlines title.

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The Monday Poll: Supporting Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book | The Hub

The Monday Poll: Supporting Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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In this Poll, Regan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell got my vote, how about you?

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a review of Torn Away

a review of Torn Away | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Thank you to NetGalley and LittleBrown Books for Young Readers! What a riveting and engrossing book about family, finding yourself, and daring to believe after a tornado rips your life apart. Jennifer Brown’s description of the tornado as it affects Jersey Cameron’s life is so riveting. Jersey is a teen who unequivocally loves her mom, tolerates her stepfather, and finds her little sister very annoying. But all that changes when a tornado takes away her home, her mother, and little sister. As Jersey tries to understand why her mother is gone and her little sister, Marin, will never bug ...
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What a great book, due out May 6!

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