October 27, 2017

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It’s getting more and more frightening out there with ghosts, zombies and witches roaming about as Halloween approaches. Perhaps a you’d like a little diversity in your hauntings! Here are a few YA selections of fright that have been written over the past few years. City of Death by Sarwat Chadda (Arther A. Levine Books) […]

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Getting Back

October 23, 2017

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I’ve had a few discussions to help correct and update the ’50 Years of Diversity in YA’ post I wrote a while ago yet, still doesn’t feel complete to me. Paricularly after conversations with Anne Clare le Zotte and Corinne Duyvis, I decided to open up the post and make it publicly editable.  The broad […]

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September 5, 2017

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I’m going to have to take a brief pause from the blog for a while. I really enjoy the work that I do so, before I feel any more stress or anxiety over the growing number of projects and deadlines in front of me, I’m going to pull back on a few things. I’ll be […]

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Not Trying to be Authoritative, Just Sayin’

August 24, 2017

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I’m always working on something! One of my current projects involves working with my department members on updating our instructional programming. I look to the new ACRL information literacy framework for my guidance on this. For librarians transitioning from the old standards or even from bibliography instruction this can be a challenge. Our conversation yesterday […]

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review: Bloodline

August 16, 2017

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title: Bloodline author: Joe Jiménez date: Arté Publico Press; 2016 main character: Abraham   “A majority of the work is told in a second-person narrative before switching to first person at the shocking climax. While there is resolution, the startling and quick conclusion will most likely leave readers angry and upset.” School Library Journal Jiménez […]

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I Don’t Need An Alarm Clock

August 15, 2017

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I woke up about 3am and couldn’t go back to sleep. This tends to happen to me every once in a while so, I decided to make good use of my time by considering a blog post. I couldn’t help but ponder events that occurred in Durham NC, Charlottesville VA and Seattle WA where overt […]

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Every Second Series

August 8, 2017

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The plan: to introduce a serial or series every second Tuesday Second Tuesday Serials Title: The Birchbark House Author: Louise Erdrich Date: Hyperion Books for Children; 1999 main character: Omakaya The endpapers of The Birchbark House display a map of an island in Lake Superior dated 1874. A bird, Andeg, guides the map with his […]

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Pay It Forward Thursday

August 3, 2017

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Brownsville Community Justice Center in Brooklyn is in need of 200-300 new or gently read books for young people ages 10-16. To reflect the young people in the neighborhood, it is asked that the books be #ownvoices or books that accurately center Native Americans or Children of Color. Lauren Abramo tweeted that “This is part […]

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Author Interview: Alexandra Diaz

August 2, 2017

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A couple of months (yes, months) ago I reached out to author Alexandra Diaz for an interview. We immediately connected, we did the interview and I let it sit in my inbox. And sit. And sit. I could say I’ve been busy (because I have been!) and I could say I simply forgot to post […]

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