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Transforming Reluctant Readers

"They come into your library or classroom and they challenge you, they don't like reading. What can you do? Where do you look for ideas?What books are recommended by school librarians to turn things around? Ideas and suggestions here."


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Young adult literature has many amazing genres and sub-genres, let's explore the latest books and hottest topics in YA reading.
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Cover Reveal for BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction by Nancy Castaldo

Cover Reveal for BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction by Nancy Castaldo | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I am so excited to reveal the cover of my next Houghton Mifflin Harcourt title - BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction.   This important book brings stories of hope to an issue that is often seen as helpless. So many species have already been lost in the history of our planet, and…
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New children's nonfiction book looks like a winner!
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Summer Reading: Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18

Summer Reading:  Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18 | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Having the opportunity to teach a middle school course dedicated to writing for 6th, 7th, and 8th grader learners in 2016-17 was a roller-coaster of experiences and emotions, but more importantly, it was also a time of questioning and growth for me as a teacher and a learner.   There was a good deal of…
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Social Media Posts as Exemplars 

Social Media Posts as Exemplars Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality. By Marissa King July 21, 2017 ©Shutterstock.com/Monkey Business Images 94 shares11 commentsread later Bookmark Our students spend a lot of time tweeting, composing Instagram captions, and text messaging. In the process, they are carefully observing and decoding the subtleties of social media text. They know when it’s cool to replace “yes” with “yas” and how to turn a common courtesy into a sarcastic “thanksss” with just a few extra letters. Even if internet-fueled trends like the popularity of ellipses drive you crazy, embracing social media writing still offers exciting possibilities. Our students are fluent in the language of pop culture. They spend hours of their free time writing and analyzing social media text. Instead of viewing such writing as a deficit, let’s leverage the thinking that students are already doing when they write a text or engage in social media. Get the best of Edutopia in your inbox each week. Language Patterns The changing norms of social media writing don’t match standard classroom English expectations, but they do follow patterns of language development. For example, you may have noticed that many students are leaving the period off the end of their text messages. The lack of punctuation may seem sloppy or haphazard to an unaware reader, but the missing period carries meaning. Many digital natives interpret the use of a period at the end of a text message as angry, overly formal, or an abrupt end to a conversation. Even if students can’t tell you exactly why they didn’t include a period, they can probably detect a difference in tone. A missing period at the end of a sentence might make teachers cringe, but it’s a real-life example of how readers and writers develop a shared understanding of what conventions mean and how language works in patterns. When we help students analyze this trend or others, like multiple exclamation points or the use of slashes, we’re helping them analyze patterns that they use instinctively—and they can apply that kind of analysis in other, more formal contexts. To get students to translate their knowledge of social media writing to the classroom, have students make lists of the ways that a particular convention is used in texting or tweeting. If they find multiple tweets that include periods to emphasize a point by punctuating every. single. word., they can correctly conclude that the period is being used for emphasis. Then, do the same activity with standard English examples. The comparison will provide plenty of fodder for discussing convention expectations in different writing contexts. By building on what they already know, students will be even more effective at analyzing classroom writing expectations. Social Media Code-Switching Of course, it’s not enough just to analyze grammar. Good writers move seamlessly between writing at all levels of formality. The breezy language of an email to a friend is different from the more formal language required for a grant application. But developing writers often need specific support to code-switch between the informal language of social media or text messaging and the formal language required for school research reports. Instead of banishing the writing students use most often, use it to help them identify the kinds of writing that a given context calls for. For example, students have no trouble identifying the different writing demands of texting their friends versus texting their parents, but they might not be able to dissect the exact ways that their writing changes between these two contexts. Consider making lists that compare informal and formal writing. Or spend a bit of class time finding examples of how writers show emotion or sincerity differently depending on the context. Kristen Hawley Turner suggests using Flip the Switch, an activity where students translate sentences from one context to another. Students might figure out how a greeting, for example, changes between an email to a boss, a text message to a bestie, and an introductory letter to a new teacher. Acknowledging the validity of each context helps students translate their writing into the most appropriate form instead of writing off the informality of social media altogether. Texting and social media writing aren’t going away anytime soon. Linguist John McWhorter suggests viewing the changes as an “expansion of [young people’s] linguistic repertoire.” The changing, informal conventions of social media aren’t a challenge to standard classroom English—they’re an opportunity.
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A Case Against the Mainstream by Denise Gosliner Orenstein

A Case Against the Mainstream by Denise Gosliner Orenstein | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
What school principal in her right mind brings a Shetland Pony to an assembly in the gymnasium? And what is to be done when there’s an unfortunate, odorous explosion all over the blue and white striped linoleum floor?  When you’re trying to introduce an innovative curriculum to a suspicious faculty and restless student body? You…
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bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Strange the Dreamer

bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Strange the Dreamer | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
This was a 5 star book for me until the last 2 1/2 pages. The book was beautiful in its world building (Lazlo's time with the monks, Weep in Lazlo'
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Gods, ghosts, & a dreamer
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Going Viral - YA Books of Teens Managing Online Fame - The Hub

Going Viral - YA Books of Teens Managing Online Fame - The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
There are many online platforms for sharing and creating art. Teens are taking advantage the various mediums of creating and sharing their works. But what…
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bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Death and Night

bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Death and Night | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I loved this treat, a novella at the end of Crown of Wishes! Once again, Priya Ayyar awesomely narrated the chance meeting of Death & Night (bot
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Listened to this novella on Audible
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Rich in Color | Interview: Aditi Khorana

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bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of What to Say Next

bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of What to Say Next | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I just loved Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum so as soon as I knew she was writing another YA novel, I pre-ordered it and dove right in. I rea
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Great new book by Julie Buxbaum!
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TEN BOOKS TO HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME MORE COMPASSIONATE by Susan Dobrodt

TEN BOOKS TO HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME MORE COMPASSIONATE by Susan Dobrodt | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
This is a difficult time for schools, for our country and our world. No matter what your beliefs, parents and teachers can't help but be concerned about what is happening and how our kids have been exposed to it. Even if we do our best to protect them from the media, they go to school…
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The Power of Poetry by Sarah FitzHenry

The Power of Poetry by Sarah FitzHenry | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
In my career, I’ve come to realize that the rumors about print and reading going out of style are just that – rumors. If you are lucky enough to work with children and books, you know that young people’s passion for stories is as strong as ever. But even I wasn’t completely confident about the…
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Poetry, kids & the power! 
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Buried Heart: Kate Elliott on Decisions, Decisions |

Buried Heart: Kate Elliott on Decisions, Decisions | | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
To celebrate the release of Buried Heart, the last book in the Court of Fives trilogy, we have Kate Elliott here today, talking about the decisions she has made as a writer. Decisions, Decisions How does a story get to be the story you and I read? Over my years of writing it has become …
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We Are Stories

We Are Stories | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I am in the air, headed to another conference, headed away from home for the next three days.  As home fades to a pinprick, my husband's grandmother lies in hospice, surrounded by family, finishing her journey through life.  The guilt weighs heavily on me, they know I would be there if I could, but still....   Our kids are trying to…
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But Not For the Kid

But Not For the Kid | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
We say we believe in choice for all but it appears that all doesn't really mean all.  That our stipulations get in the way.  That we fill our choice with "but's..." and then wonder why kids tune out, disengage, and cannot wait for school to be over. So we say we believe in choice for…
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TOP TEN Ways NerdCampMI Saved Our Professional Careers by Jennifer Sniadecki, Melanie Roy, and Kelly Vorhis

TOP TEN Ways NerdCampMI Saved Our Professional Careers by Jennifer Sniadecki, Melanie Roy, and Kelly Vorhis | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
NerdCampMI is an “ed camp” annual event where teachers from all over the country (and the world!) meet in Parma, Michigan to learn together with authors, illustrators, and other fabulous educators. We feel that the event is hands-down the best summer professional development out there. Nerd Camp Michigan started 5 years ago and has grown…
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On the Smugglers' Radar |

On the Smugglers' Radar | | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else …
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Rich in Color | Review: Noteworthy

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Great review, I def want to read this book!
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A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2) | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
A Crown of Wishes has 2,291 ratings and 692 reviews. Sarah said: Absolutely stunning. Every single word of this book is exquisite--and the lush
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Amazing audiobook for Book 2 of The Star-Touched Queen series
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bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Labyrinth Lost

bjneary (Oreland, PA)’s review of Labyrinth Lost | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Wow, I loved this book about witches (girls are brujas and boys are brujos), magic, and family. Taking place in Brooklyn, Alex does not want the magi
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Another great series I can't wait to enjoy!
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5 Books Where the Love Interest Might Be Guilty

5 Books Where the Love Interest Might Be Guilty | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, and More!

Reviews of the Week, with Jason Reynolds, Tillie Walden, Daniel Handler, and More! | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 17 through 21 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.



July 1
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