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What Makes You Put Down a Book?

What Makes You Put Down a Book? | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
We tried to find out! Here is a list of some of the top books you put aside and a few reasons why.
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Thanks to Joyce Valenza for this great infographic on her twitter feed!

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:03 AM

Interesting responces to this question of Good Reads.  I have no guilt about abandoning books I'm not enjoying, but try to give them a fair chance first.  There's too much stuff that you will love out there - why stick with a book that's eating up your precious reading time?

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Rich in Color | 2015 Edwards Award Winner: Sharon M. Draper

Rich in Color | 2015 Edwards Award Winner: Sharon M. Draper | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Congrats to Sharon Draper- she is one of my favorite teen authors!

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a review of El Deafo

a review of El Deafo | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I read El Deafo because my elementary librarian friends highly recommended I and it won the 3rd round of SLJ's Battle of the Books! Cece Bell's memoir in graphic novel form about her young life, becoming ill and losing her hearing is gripping, funny, and poignant. Cece's illustrations are always bright even when Cece is not happy with her life. She has a phonic ear that helps her hear; sometimes more than she would like- but this aid also make her feel conspicuous too. The reader really learns what it is like to be severely deaf and the many childhood stories El Deafo shares about growi...
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Must be read by all- graphic novel memoir about author's hearing loss as a child.

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EXPLORING THE GREY AREAS by Sarah Darer Littman

EXPLORING THE GREY AREAS by Sarah Darer Littman | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Reading about several different cyberbullying incidents in the news inspired my latest book, BACKLASH (Scholastic Press) in stores April 28th.   One was the Megan Meier case, in which a mother...
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OMG- definitely getting this book! Great post!

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a review of Find Momo: A Photography Book

a review of Find Momo: A Photography Book | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I read, visualized, soaked up this wonderful book of photographs through Canada and the US as readers try to find border collie, Momo in each photograph. But I liked even more, Andrew Knapp's down to earth love of his dog, his surroundings and his internet followers who have become very special to him as they rise and champion the many Momo sightings. A visual adventure children, teens, and adults will all enjoy!
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Part of the 2015 Hub Challenge Quick Pick, this book will not disappoint! A visual feast for all.

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I am a teacher et cetera: Cry Baby

I am a teacher et cetera: Cry Baby | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Wonderful advice from a teacher about opening oneself up to feelings in writing and responses to writing!

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Genre Guide: YA Contemporary Romance

Genre Guide: YA Contemporary Romance | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Definition Contemporary romance YA novels are realistic fiction that take place during (more-or-less) the time frame in which the book is being published that include a love story as a main focus of the plot. There are not any hard and fast rules regarding how close to publication year a story must be set in…
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Love this post about Contemporary YA novels and the authors included!

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Book Trailer Thursday (164)--Paper Towns by John Green Movie Trailer

Book Trailer Thursday (164)--Paper Towns by John Green Movie Trailer | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Many of my students are John Green fans, so I'm excited to share this movie trailer with them. Not as many of them have read Paper Towns yet since The Fault in Our Stars has been so popular. Thankf...
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John Green's Paper Towns will be  out as a movie, see what this teacher' students think...

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Rich in Color | Review: The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days

Rich in Color | Review: The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Another great I Need Diversity book that must be read:)

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Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club

Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They're quite aware of what they're going through... --David Bowie, "Changes"   The 30th anniversary (and theatrical re-release) of The Breakfast Club seemed like the perfect time to indulge in (yet another) re-watch, with my Breakfast Club buddy (and…
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I like the readalikes, movies and TV shows mentioned at the end of this post!

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Interview with Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen

Interview with Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
First off, congrats! We were all very excited Feathers won. Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for this book? MS: Thanks so much! Sarah and I were…
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Their book Feathers is a wealth of information for young and old about birds!

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a review of Skink--No Surrender

a review of Skink--No Surrender | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I listened to this Amazing Audiobook as part of The 2015 Hub Challenge and Hiaasen's plot was funny, gripping, and compelling. Read by Kirby Heyborne, the plot of Malley who goes missing in Florida with cousin Richard (aided by Skink, a 70 yr old ex-governor and supposedly dead) in pursuit was so awesome to listen too. I loved learning about the Florida wildlife (gators, wild boars, herons, loggerhead turtles and extinct woodpeckers) while grinding my teeth as Richard and Skink tracked Malley through all kinds of weather, water, and mosquitos. This is a must read adventure that keeps you...
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Amazing audiobook, part of the Hub Challenge!

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a review of Black Dove, White Raven

a review of Black Dove, White Raven | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group and Disney-Hyperion for the ARC, Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein. Once again, Elizabeth Wein has crafted masterful historical fiction you can’t put down. Teo and Emilia’s lives are unconventional; they are raised together as brother and sister; but they are not. Really nothing in their life is normal. Their mothers are women stunt pilots; one white, one black with an enduring friendship and devotion to family. When Teo’s mom, Delia (Black Dove) dies in a freak stunt accident; Em’s mom, Rhoda (White Raven) raises Em and Teo as he...
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Another winner by Elizabeth Wein, due out 3/31!!!

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Louise O'Neill wins inaugural YA Book Prize | The Bookseller

Louise O'Neill wins inaugural YA Book Prize | The Bookseller | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Louise O’Neill was yes
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This dystopian book won YA Book Prize!

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The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Battle Commander decides the big win!!!

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Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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The judge was marcus Sedgwick- love him and drum roll please---the winner- Port Chicago 50.  Read this nonfiction book and Steve Sheinkin has the ability to write history like a novel- compelling, suspenseful, and amazing. My review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/915766886

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8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read | Edudemic

8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read | Edudemic | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
According to a study from the Pew Research Center, 23% of 1005 participants had not read a book in a year, including ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks.
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Thanks to this awesome tweet by Shelley Sanchez @ShellTell

reading opens up worlds and keeps our world a much better place when reading is taking place!!!

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The Broke and the Bookish : Tahleen gives two mini reviews

The Broke and the Bookish : Tahleen gives two mini reviews | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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2 great reviews; here is my goodreads of The Story of Owen

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1161194217

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THE IMPORTANCE OF READING MENTORS by Mark Overmeyer

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING MENTORS by Mark Overmeyer | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
All this talk about Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel slated to come out this summer has me thinking about my grandmother, my first reading mentor.   My mother would drive my brother Scott, ...
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I am a reading mentor, what about you?

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Add Some Serendipity to Your Reading

Add Some Serendipity to Your Reading | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Serendipity: luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for -Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online The summer before I started middle school, my mom went back to work full time.  This meant that I needed looking after during the day. She worked something out with another local mom who had…
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Great idea!!!

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Shelf Awareness Friday, 3/27/15

Children's & Young AdultShadow Scale

by Rachel Hartman

 

Readers will want to savor every word of Shadow

Scale, Rachel Hartman's worthy follow-up to her

Morris Award–winning debut, Seraphina. The sequel

continues the exploration of the fantastic, quasi-medieval world where dragons, saints and humans collide.


At the start of Shadow Scale, an uneasy peace

shared by dragons and humans for the last 40

years has just been broken. Dragons rebelling

against a longstanding treaty have poisoned the

Queen of Goredd and her daughter, and attempted

to assassinate the great dragon general himself,

Ardmagar Comonot. Narrator Seraphina,

half-dragon and half-human, is appointed emissary

of the Crown and sets off to find others of her kind.

The hope is that they will be able to link minds,

"[l]ike beads on a string," forming a barrier that will

 protect the city from the coming dragon attacks.

But politics and intrigue abound, as does a

pervasive prejudice against all ityasaari

(half-dragons). Seraphina perseveres, though

many of the other half-dragons prove more

difficult than she had anticipated. And one of them,

 an ityasaari with great "mind-fire," is plotting against

 her, manipulating humans and half-humans, pitting

dragon against dragon, and bringing all of the

Southlands to the edge of ruin.


Shadow Scale's multi-layered, complex plot further

 exposes Hartman's highly original world.

Seraphina's feelings of loneliness and alienation

feel all too human, as does the love story.

While the romance is compelling, it never

dominates the narrative. It features prominently

in the conclusion, however, and readers can only

 imagine what lies ahead.

 --Lynn Becker, host of Book Talk, the monthly

online discussion of children's books for the

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

 

Discover: An epic adventure set in a highly original

world where dragons and humans coexist uneasily.

Random House, $18.99 hardcover, 608p., ages 12-up, 9780375866579

Hold Me Closer

by David Levithan

   

Fans of Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

and David Levithan know that the spotlight onstage

is "Tiny's special place," and Levithan (writing solo)

 shines a fabulous one on him here.
Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson's larger-than-life best

friend, stars in his own birth-to-adolescence

biography, fashioned as a musical. One need not

 know Green and Levithan's novel to enjoy this

show, from Tiny's opening number, "I Was Born

This Way" ("big-boned and happily gay./

I was born this way,/ right here in the U.S. of A.")

to his coming out to himself ("Who am I trying to

be/ when I'm denying I'm me?/ Why is the truth/

so stuck inside?") and eventually, to the world.

One of the book's most moving moments occurs

when Tiny comes out to Phil Wrayson (aka Will

Grayson), but Phil already knows. Levithan fills the

book with delectable morsels of Broadway insider

 jokes and music trivia. Tiny sees the world through

 the prism of the predominantly straight culture

he was born into, adapting those definitions in

order to make sense of his feelings and impulses,

 as in "Second Base" ("What's second base for a

gay man?/ If you can't tell me,/ I'm hoping

somebody can").


As in all good musicals, full-cast numbers, such as

 the brilliant "Parade of Ex-Boyfriends" that kicks

off Act II, give way to solo acts both funny

("Drunk on Love") and heart-wrenching

("Something Else": "If you're tired of twisting,/

exhausted by existing,/ I understand"). This

lightning-fast read is for Will Grayson devotees,

 musical theater aficionados and comedy lovers.

 --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor,

Shelf Awareness

Discover: The life story of Tiny Cooper,

Will Grayson's larger-than-life best friend,

 fashioned as a musical.

Dial, $17.99 hardcover, 208p., ages 14-up, 9780525428848

      

 

 

 

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These two books ARE must reads!!!

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Page to Screen Review: Insurgent

Page to Screen Review: Insurgent | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
The second entry into the planned four part film series that is adapting our favorite Veronica Roth source material, known as the Divergent trilogy, has finally arrived. Insurgent made its debut last weekend amidst mixed reviews (31% rotten according to critics, 71% liked among fans) but still managed to top the box office with an…
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Interview with Cece Bell

Interview with Cece Bell | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
First off, congrats! El Deafo is a fantastic graphic novel. Can you tell us a bit about how this book came to be? CB: Thanks so much. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book! And…
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Great graphic novel about a deaf girl!!! Author is interviewed:)

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a review of This One Summer

a review of This One Summer | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I read this book as part of The 2015 Hub Challenge but I have had it on my TBR because it received so many kudos! This graphic novel covers one summer and two friends at the shore. We fleetingly meet arguing family members, teens with problems, and friends who are beginning to have differences of opinions. I loved the illustrations, I kept going back and looking over the panels; Jillian Tamaki's illustrations are gorgeous, real, and bold. The bluish cover becomes rich black and white illustrations within the book. The main characters, Rose and Windy celebrate what they love about Awago...
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Part of the 2015 Hub Challenge, fantastic graphic novel!

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Rich in Color | Two Releases for Spring

Rich in Color | Two Releases for Spring | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Both of these titles look great, definitely adding them to my TBR list:)

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