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Poetry Friday: The Wind Sleepers by H.D.

October 20th, 2017 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez

Whiter
than the crust
left by the tide,
we are stung by the hurled sand
and the broken shells.

We no longer sleep
in the wind-
we awoke and fled
through the city gate.

Tear-
tear us an altar,
tug at the cliff-boulders,
pile them with the rough stones-
we no longer
sleep in the wind,
propitiate us.

Chant in a wail
that never halts,
pace a circle and pay tribute
with a song.

When the roar of a dropped wave
breaks into it,
pour meted words
of sea-hawks and gull
sand sea-birds that cry
discords.

- The Wind Sleepers by H.D.

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The 8th Annual Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School

October 16th, 2017 (07:31 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Q.U.E.E.N. by Janelle Monáe

Reposting from Colleen at GuysLitWire:

Welcome to the annual Book Fair for Ballou Sr High School!

For the 8th year, Guys Lit Wire is delighted to invite readers to help this school fill its library shelves by shopping their Amazon wish list. There are hundreds of books to choose from covering every topic you can think of and we hope you will buy a book or two for this worthy school and help its students and wonderful librarian, Melissa Jackson, gain greater access to more titles. The school depends on this annual book fair and we are happy to host it. This is our chance to help the students obtain books they want to read and we can't do it without your help!</span>

Ballou Sr High School's students face many obstacles; all of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and last year its graduation rate was 57%. But in 2017 every member of the senior class applied to college — a first for the school — and we certainly believe that the library was a huge support to them in their efforts.

Our Goal: We hope to send at least 150 books to Ballou this year and there are plenty of titles at a wide variety of prices to choose from. It's important to stress that this is a list that is reviewed and approved by Ballou students and includes many many books that they have requested. There are poetry and novels, biographies and cookbooks, graphic novels, science, travel and more. There is literally something for everyone on this list and we are sure that you will find a book (or more!) that you want to gift to these worthy students.

We know 2017 has given us all so many things to worry about and, sadly, so many people who are in need of assistance. With Ballou the need is ever present however and, we believe, critically important. Libraries are the heart of every school and every community; they are part of the long game that can positively transform a community and are especially critical to the hearts of young people. Books can be game changers in the life of a teenagerheck, books ARE game changers and we want to get as many as we can into the hands of Ballou's students.

The Details: The Amazon wish list
can be found here. It is also easily searchable at Amazon under "Ballou High School".

If you would like to embed a link in a post or tweet (and PLEASE DO!!), use this one:
http://tinyurl.com/BookFairBallouHS

And here is the url in case the links are not working for you:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2CU17Q38C3P68/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_o_page_1?ie=UTF8&sort=universal-title

The mailing address is already set-up for checkout and there are nearly 500 books to choose from with a wide price range. We do hope you will find a book that you want to send to Ballou and help us make life a little better for a great bunch of a kids.

The Book Fair for Ballou High School Library will stay open for 2 weeks and we will keep you posted here on how things go. Be sure to follow
@chasingray (GLW moderator Colleen Mondor's twitter feed) and watch the Ballou Library feed for shoutouts from Melissa (@BallouLibrary) as books show up.

Just one book will make a huge difference.

You can learn a bit more about Ballou by watching this short video from the Washington Post. We certainly hope it will persuade you to support the book fair and all efforts for these most worthy students.

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Poetry Friday: Demeter by H.D.

October 13th, 2017 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Human by Gabrielle Aplin

Do you ask for a scroll,
parchment, oracle, prophecy, precedent;
do you ask for tablets marked with thought
or words cut deep on the marble surface,
do you seek measured utterance or the mystic trance?

- selected lines from Demeter by H.D.

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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

October 7th, 2017 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

October 2017
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher's Guide by Christopher Golden
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
Don't Go Alone by Christopher Golden and collaborators
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

April 2018
Atomic Frenchie by Tom Sniegoski and Tom McWeeney
Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

June 2018
Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

July 2018
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

Fall 2018
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏

Sometime in 2018
Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

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Poetry Friday: Moonrise by H.D.

October 6th, 2017 (06:00 am)
grateful

Current Mood: grateful
Current Song: Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez

Will you glimmer on the sea?
Will you fling your spear-head
On the shore?
What note shall we pitch?

We have a song,
On the bank we share our arrows-
The loosed string tells our note:

O flight,
Bring her swiftly to our song.
She is great,
We measure her by the pine-trees.


- Moonrise by H.D.

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Mean Girls Day

October 3rd, 2017 (06:47 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Keep On Walking by Gabrielle Aplin

Once upon a time, Rosalind Wiseman wrote a parenting book called Queen Bees and Wannabes. Tina Fey discovered the book and wrote a satirical screenplay called Mean Girls. Today, we celebrate the recent release of Micol Ostow's novelization of Mean Girls, and an adaptation comes full circle.

All day today, October 3rd, Scholastic Books and their teen fiction division IreadYA are celebrating Mean Girls Day* and the new book. Here's how you can join in the fun:

1) Share your favorite Mean Girls quote on social media. Use the hashtag #MeanGirlsBook and tag @micolz and @IreadYA on Twitter.

2) Share a bookstagram with the hashtag #MeanGirlsBook and tag @micolostow and @IreadYA on Instagram.

3) Retweet @IreadYA's Mean Girls animated GIFs on Twitter.

* October 3rd was declared Mean Girls Day because of this exchange in the film.

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Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens

October 2nd, 2017 (09:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Just Enough by Aslyn

One afternoon in the bookstore, a young woman in her late teens approached me and said, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I want some books like . . . " She named a few teen fiction titles that dealt with drug abuse and anorexia. She looked slightly uncomfortable but mostly excited. I told her that I could recommend many good books. Within minutes, she was sitting on the floor in the teen fiction section, a plastic basket full to the brim with books, with additional titles in her hand and next to her knees and her feet.

We had a great discussion. I was happy on any levels: happy that she felt comfortable enough to come to me, happy that she was open-minded, happy that I got some realistic, well-written books in her hand. This urged me to make a list of books dealing tough issues - eating disorders, loss and grieving, addiction, abuse, and so forth.

Due to subject matter, many of these books are recommended for older teens as well as adults, be they parents, teachers, librarians, or simply avid readers.

I've read every title on this list, and have given each book a rating according to the United States movie rating guide - G, PG, PG-13, or R - based on content, and a number of stars - four being the best - based on quality (my personal opinion).

PARENTAL ABUSE OR NEGLECT - Physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, etc.
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ABUSE BY OTHERS - physical or emotional abuse; date or acquaintance rape; accusations, secrets and lies
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TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS - be they romantic relationships or rumors or no romance, but a definite abuse of power
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POSITIVE & PLATONIC TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS - teachers positively influencing and educating their pupils
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PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIPS - reconnecting with or distancing oneself from absentee parents, dealing with restrictions and expectations
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LONG-LOST SIBLINGS - reconnecting with siblings, or meeting them for the first time
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ORIENTATION AND/OR GENDER ROLES
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VIOLENCE AT SCHOOL
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EATING DISORDERS
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PHYSICAL DISORDERS/INJURIES/SPECIAL NEEDS - protagonist, siblings, friends
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BODY CHANGES - growing up and dealing with natural physical changes (as opposed to health, weight, or body image issues; disorders/injuries are in a separate list above this one)
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TEENAGE PREGNANCY - may also deal with adoption and/or abortion
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TEENAGE ALCOHOLISM
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MENTAL ILLNESS OF A PARENT, RELATIVE, OR PEER
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DEPRESSION
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RECOVERY/SUPPORT GROUPS
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CUTTING
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STEALING
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DIVORCE, SEPARATION, AND/OR STEPFAMILIES - parents dating, getting remarried, etc
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LOSS OR PHYSICAL ILLNESS OF A PARENT
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A SIBLING
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A FRIEND OR PEER
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF A GRANDPARENT
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LOSS OR ILLNESS OF ANOTHER CLOSE RELATIVE AND/OR ADULT
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PROTAGONIST WITH AN ILLNESS
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DRUG ADDICTION
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CAR ACCIDENTS (and similar accidents)
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INCARCERATION OF A RELATIVE
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ADOPTION - Also foster care, group homes, and counseling
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KIDNAPPING
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CULTURAL IDENTITY
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SUICIDE OR SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
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ACADEMICS - cheating, excelling, or otherwise dealing with academic pressure
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SOCIAL STATUS - at school or otherwise with peers; popularity, bullying, et al.
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PEER PRESSURE
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RELIGION
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POLITICS
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ACTIVISM
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INTERNET SAFETY - and/or cyberbullying
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SEEKING SHELTER - family shelters, homelessness, runaways
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I hope that this list helps readers of all ages find books they may be too shy to openly discuss with a bookseller or librarian. I want those readers to know they may leave a comment here and tell me which books they have found valuable. Most of all, I want them to know they can talk to their friends or adults they know in order to get the answers and help they may need.

If you would like for me to add more titles about a certain subject, or if you want more information about any of the books on the list, please leave a comment.

Special thanks to those who have shown their support of this list by offering me links, comments, and compliments, such as Jen Robinson, Bookseller Chick, Robin Brande, Sassymonkey at BlogHer, Daisy Whitney, Caroline, Bookstore People, and Jennifer R. Hubbard.

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Best Books of September 2017

September 30th, 2017 (01:07 pm)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Move You by Kelly Clarkson

September: 20 books and scripts read

This month, I got a kick out of Totally Crushed by Kristen Tracy, the sequel to Project (Un)Popular. If you're looking for a fun book to put in the hands of pre-teen readers, snatch up those two titles. Social interaction can be tricky no matter how old you are, and it can definitely be tricky when you're in middle school. Check out the misadventures of Perry and her best friend Venice as they work on their school yearbook, and enjoy Kristen Tracy's signature sense of humor.

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Poetry Friday: Storm by H.D.

September 29th, 2017 (06:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: New Rules by Dua Lipa

You crash over the trees,
you crack the live branch -
the branch is white,
the green crushed,
each leaf is rent like split wood.

You burden the trees
with black drops,
you swirl and crash -
you have broken off a weighted leaf
in the wind,
it is hurled out,
whirls up and sinks,
a green stone.

- Storm by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

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Poetry Friday: Sea Iris by H.D.

September 22nd, 2017 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: New Rules by Dua Lipa

I

Weed, moss-weed,
root tangled in sand,
sea-iris, brittle flower,
one petal like a shell
is broken,
and you print a shadow
like a thin twig.
Fortunate one,
scented and stinging,
rigid myrrh-bud,
camphor-flower,
sweet and salt - you are wind
in our nostrils.

II

Do the murex-fishers
drench you as they pass?
Do your roots drag up colour
from the sand?
Have they slipped gold under you -
rivets of gold?
Band of iris-flowers
above the waves,
you are painted blue,
painted like a fresh prow
stained among the salt weeds.

- Sea Iris by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

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