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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 literature has many amazing genres and sub-genres, let's explore the latest books and hottest topics in YA reading.
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Rich in Color | Mini-Review: Hold Me Down

Rich in Color | Mini-Review: Hold Me Down | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Crystal for this review!  I am adding it to my TBR pile:)

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Top 10 Multicultural Fiction on Audio: 2015, by Joyce Saricks | Booklist Online

Top 10 Multicultural Fiction on Audio: 2015, by Joyce  Saricks | Booklist Online | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Booklist Online Book Review: Top 10 Multicultural Fiction on Audio: 2015.Saricks, Joyce (author).FEATURE.First published February 1, 2015 (Booklist).Media - Adult Fiction
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Great diverse titles on audiobooks from Booklist!

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How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re Celebrating Battle of the Kids’ Books

How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re Celebrating Battle of the Kids’ Books | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
With just a few weeks to go until the first Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) match on March 9, schools, parent groups, and librarians across the country are gearing up for this year’s March Madness–style tournament. Check out a few examples of how BOB has become a fun, educational, and community-building event.
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Getting ready for SLJ, Battle of the Books popularity!!!

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Pam Muñoz Ryan’s “Echo” Reverberates With Hope| Interview

Pam Muñoz Ryan’s “Echo” Reverberates With Hope| Interview | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
In her epic novel
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Can't wait to read this book!  Great review, thank you!

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Rich in Color | Four Releases in the Final Week of February

Rich in Color | Four Releases in the Final Week of February | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Four great diverse books:)

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eBooks vs. Print Books: What Are Kids Reading?

eBooks vs. Print Books: What Are Kids Reading? | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Do kids still like reading print books? You may be surprised by what Scholastic's Kids and Family Report found about how kids are reading.
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Print, I still love it more than my Kindle:)

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Video Book Trailers, Author Videos, and Educational Videos for Teachers

Video book trailers for the best children's books and authors, plus educational videos on reading, science, and seasonal topics teachers can use in the classroom
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A great Scholastic video with a panel of authors who speak to the need for diversity in literature.

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Top Ten Book Boyfriends by Karin Perry

Top Ten Book Boyfriends by Karin Perry | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I was lucky enough to be a part of the Nerdy Book Club presentation at NCTE last November. What a fun group of people to work with. You can go back in the archives and find the post recapping the p...
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I loved Karin's list and I think I will add a few boyfriends!  Like Park from Eleanor and Park.

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From Page To Screen: A ‘We Need Diverse Books’ Wish List

From Page To Screen: A ‘We Need Diverse Books’ Wish List | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
As the number of film adaptations set to be released  in the 2015 illustrates, Hollywood seems firmly committed to turning to the world of young adult fiction for inspiration--and box office success.  While this trend is exciting for YA fiction fans, the lack of the diversity present in the stories selected remains disheartening. While planning a recent movie night at…
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We need more diversity!

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Bustle-Jonathan Franzen Says Young Adult Lit Equals "Moral Simplicity" and It's a Tired Insult

Author Jonathan Franzen has never shied away from speaking his mind on everything from Twitter to Oprah’s Book Club to e-books. The first is “unspeakably irritating,” the second is “for women,” and the third is ”corroding values,” according to the writer. And now Franzen is criticizing young adult literature, saying that it equates to “moral simplicity.” Come on, Franzen, this is a tired insult; we YA lit lovers have heard this one before.

Franzen spoke with Butler University as part of a visiting writers program, where he took part in a Q&A, a reading, and an interview with an MFA candidate. It was in that interview that the MFA student Susan Lerner brought up Ruth Graham’s piece on adults reading young adult novels. You remember the one: She said that adults should be embarrassed for reading and enjoying stories directed at teenagers. Lerner asked Franzen what he thought about Graham’s piece about adults substituting “maudlin teen drama for the complexity of great adult literature.”

Franzen, at first was tightlipped, saying that he didn’t care what people read. That if adults wanted to pick YA over adult novels, if it was a loss: “It’s their loss, not mine.” But when pressed, Franzen had this to say:

Most of what people read, if you go to the bookshelf in the airport convenience store and look at what’s there, even if it doesn’t have a YA on the spine, is YA in its moral simplicity. People don’t want moral complexity. Moral complexity is a luxury. You might be forced to read it in school, but a lot of people have hard lives. They come home at the end of the day, they feel they’ve been jerked around by the world yet again for another day. The last thing they want to do is read Alice Munro, who is always pointing toward the possibility that you’re not the heroic figure you think of yourself as, that you might be the very dubious figure that other people think of you as. That’s the last thing you’d want if you’ve had a hard day. You want to be told good people are good, bad people are bad, and love conquers all. And love is more important than money. You know, all these schmaltzy tropes. That’s exactly what you want if you’re having a hard life. Who am I to tell people that they need to have their noses rubbed in moral complexity?
 

Sighs. What’s easy is resorting to the argument that YA isn’t complex. That it’s “schmaltzy” and that it always ends with love conquering all. Like most people who haven’t read a whole lot of YA, Franzen rests on what he believes to be truth rather than what is the truth. As anyone who doesread it knows, there is a whole lot of complexity in YA as a whole. And just as in every category of literature you can choose, there is some “moral simplicity,” too.

I’d advise Franzen to read two books that were published just this month: This Side of Home by Renee Watson and I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios and claim moral simplicity. Or going back further, what about Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun? Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles, John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, or Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory? Do you think Franzen had read even one of these before making his comments?

Also, who is he to say that some of us don’t read Alice Munro after work? (As, it’s presumed, he does?) We should all take offense at how he imagines readers as tired, frustrated at the world, and needing escape, because that certainly is not the picture of engaged, excited fiction readers I know.

You know, though? We can’t even get riled up over this because we’ve all heard it before. Frankly, Franzen, you are one of the most famous contrarians in the public eye right now, so I expected a little more in your argument against YA.

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YA is complex and thought provoking, I don't agree it is fluffy and what you want after a long hard day.

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Teens Review New YA Fantasy by Rachel Hartman, Sarah J. Maas, and E.K. Johnston

Teens Review New YA Fantasy by Rachel Hartman, Sarah J. Maas, and E.K. Johnston | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
SLJTeen’s new teen review group from Kitsap County, WA, has pulled out all the stops for its inaugural column. We have eight reviews, including two very different opinions on Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter.
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Teens review new titles in a series!!!

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Love the different opinions.

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Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More

Awards Roundup: The Cook Prize, Edgar Nominees, Sydney Taylor Award, and More | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
In the thick of awards season, many children's and young adult books are being recognized with honors not related to the Youth Media Awards.
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Take a look a the YA winners! The Doubt Factory by the author of ShipBreaker!!!

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Booklist- Bake & Taylor Top Selling Titles for January

Top Titles for Teens

The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly BlackFirefight, by Brandon SandersonAll the Bright Places, by Jennifer NivenThe Lost, by James PattersonHidden, by Donna Jo NapoliI Was Here, by Gayle FormanAll Fall Down, by Ally CarterThe Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus SedgwickX, by Ilyasah ShabazzThe Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds

Top Titles for Children

Welcome to Moldy Manor, by Geronimo StiltonDanger in the Darkest Hour, by Mary Pope OsborneBad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day, by Nick BruelFirst Snow, by Peter McCartneySupertruck, by Stephen SavageMy Weird School Special: Oh, Valentine, We've Lost Our Minds!, by Dan GutmanClark the Shark: Tooth Trouble, by Bruce HaleDragonbreath, by Ursula VernonPlease, Mr. Panda, by Steve AntonyStella by Starlight, by Sharon M. Draper
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I absolutely adored Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and I have on my Kindle-The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds.

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The 2015 Contenders! — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books

The 2015 Contenders! — @SLJsBoB SLJ's Battle of the Books | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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The Battle of the Books Contenders!!!

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What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

What’s new in LGBTQIA+ this (late) winter — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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I can't wait to read all of these- especially the 2nd book in the Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green!!!

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Celebrating Sharon Draper

Celebrating Sharon Draper | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
As the U.S. celebrates Black History Month (and many broaden the discussion via #morethanamonth, #blackfuturemonth and #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool), we teen lit fans have a chance to further amplify the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement and spotlight African American book characters and authors. This year’s ALA Youth Media Awards gave us several welcome chances to highlight diversity via award winners,…
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In my library, we had many copies of each of the above titles.  The students LOVED The Hazelwood High Trilogy and my favorites are Copper Sun and Out of My Mind.

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For the Love of Dogs (and a Few Wolves): Canines in YA Literature

For the Love of Dogs (and a Few Wolves): Canines in YA Literature | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
This Valentine’s Day, because my husband needed to be away, my dog was my date.  That evening she and I took a walk, had dinner and lounged on the couch together.  I read while she dozed and snored.  In other words, we had a perfect evening.  This made me think that in this month of…
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I also recommend BrotherBrother by Clay Carmichael, Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

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Audiobook Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Audiobook Review: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Title: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces Author: Isabel Quintero Narrator: Kyla Garcia Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press Release Date: October 14th, 2014 Interest: William C. Morris award winner / Diversity / Con...
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An amazing read and also amazing audiobook!  You have to read or listen to Gabi---her character will make you laugh, cry, and want to be her friend!

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Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews

Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
This essay was originally posted in four parts on Tumblr. By Malinda Lo For the past few years, I’ve read hundreds of reviews for Diversity in YA. I read them to determine whether a young adult boo...
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Malinda Lo writes a thoughtful post about book reviews and diversity and the need for better descriptors other than believable

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a review of Half Bad

a review of Half Bad | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
An amazing audiobook! I loved Carl Prekopp's narration; he was gripping and mesmerizing. I kept looking for ways to plug in and LISTEN to this book!!! In a future England, Nathan is 1/2 white witch and 1/2 black witch and it is being the son of black witch Marcus that brands him an outsider---even his own sister, Jessica, hates him. Thankfully Nathan has a wonderful and sympathetic brother, Aaron. Aaron is sweet, trusting, and very protective of Nathan. But Aaron is not bullied, beaten up, or branded "BAD" like Nathan. Will Nathan be able to elude the hunters and survive until his 17th...
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Part of the 2015 Hub Challenge- Amazing Audiobook!

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A Brief History of Young Adult Books | Blog | Epic Reads

A Brief History of Young Adult Books | Blog | Epic Reads | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
We pretty much breathe, eat, and sleep all things young adult books, but where did it come from? What’s the actual definition? Let us break down everything you need to know about how YA came about!
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Love this post- think I will comment soon with a few titles of my own.

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We’re talking about young adult fiction all wrong

We’re talking about young adult fiction all wrong | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
As much as we live in an age of the superhero blockbuster film, we’re also witnessing an unprecedented amount of film adaptations of young adult novels. Last year alone saw, among others, the commercially successful screen adaptations of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, Suzanne Collins’ Mockingj
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We need more diversity in movies and YA fiction

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The 2014 Cybils Awards

The 2014 Cybils Awards | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
As another Cybils winds to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part  in it this year, from the round 1 panelist who spent countless hours reading to the…
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The Living by Matt de la Pena won for fiction, congrats!

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Book Review: The Bargaining by Carly Anne West — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

Book Review: The Bargaining by Carly Anne West — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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A little horror anyone?

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