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Poetry Friday: Costumes Exchanging Glances by Mary Jo Bang

July 21st, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Wind by Brian Crain

      The rhinestone lights blink off and on.
Pretend stars.
I'm sick of explanations. A life is like Russell said
of electricity, not a thing but the way things behave.
A science of motion toward some flat surface,
some heat, some cold. Some light
can leave some after-image but it doesn’t last.
Isn't that what they say? That and that
historical events exchange glances with nothingness.

- Costumes Exchanging Glances by Mary Jo Bang

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Poetry Friday: In the Street by Mary Jo Bang

July 14th, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Wind by Brian Crain

Here we are, on top of the utopian arc. The water is shallow. An oil spill shimmers on the surface like a lens catches light and folds it in front of a mirror. If someone stands next to you, they are there, even when outside the picture. Which makes total obscurity relative to luck and such. Unlike the law, architecture lasts. A façade, like an ideal, can be oppressive unless balanced by a balcony on which you can stand and call down to those in the street, Come over here and look up at us. Aren't we exactly what you wanted to believe in?

- In the Street by Mary Jo Bang

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I Read YA Week

July 10th, 2017 (08:42 am)

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Linger by Jonatha Brooke

Hey fellow YA fans! Today, Scholastic is kicking off its annual I Read YA Week celebration. From July 10th-17th, they are encouraging readers and writers alike to share their thoughts using the hashtag #YAStandsFor

4 Ways to Celebrate I Read YA Week:

1. Share the "What Does YA Stand For?" graphic on social media. Tag @IReadYA and use the hashtag #YAStandsFor

2. Film a short video stating what you believe YA stands for and share it on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #YAStandsFor and tag @IReadYA

3. Watch other #YAStandsFor videos on I read YA's Twitter.

4. Participate in the daily social media challenges (see below!) on Twitter and/or Instagram. Tag @IReadYA and use the hashtag #YAStandsFor

Monday, July 10th: Tell us what you believe #YAStandsFor

Tuesday, July 11th: Tell us about the YA book that helped you find your voice

Wednesday, July 12th: Give a shout-out to your favorite fictional literary hero

Thursday, July 13th: Swap a YA book about the positive power of friendship with your bestie

Friday, July 14th: Create a graphic showcasing an inspirational YA quote

Saturday, July 15th: Choose a YA book and share 3 important life lessons you took away from reading it

Sunday, July 16th: Acknowledge a YA book you believe should be taught in high schools

Monday, July 17th: Snap a pic of the YA book you believe everyone needs to read

I'll be editing this post to share my responses to the daily prompts, so stay tuned!

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Poetry Friday: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman

July 7th, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: All I Need by Noah Tauscher

When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

- Walt Whitman

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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

July 1st, 2017 (07:00 am)

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

July 2017
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Dark Exodus by Thomas E. Sniegoski

September 2017
Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough

October 2017
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher’s Guide by Christopher Golden

Sometime in 2017
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #5: Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6 by Ann M. Martin, adapted by Gale Galligan
Breakaway by Gale Galligan
Hazel by Gale Galligan
Sam & Ilsa by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
World of Payne Book 0: Ghost Dog by Tom Sniegoski and Frank Cho

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

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Best Books of June 2017

June 30th, 2017 (05:08 pm)

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Heartbeat by David Cook

June: 7 books and scripts read

This month's pick for pre-teen readers is Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Inspired by Shannon's childhood, this full-color graphic novel chronicles her elementary school experiences with new friends, old friends, best friends, and fair-weather friends. At school, she struggles to find her place in a clique known as "The Group"; at home, as the third of five children, she feels invisible, overlooked and unheard. She often escapes into vivid daydreams and dreams of writing her own stories.

Shannon does not flinch away from including uncomfortable moments - not just embarrassing ones, but also hurtful verbal arguments and physical altercations - and private struggles with anxiety, compulsions, and self-image. LeUyen Pham's artwork, with color by Jane Poole, is expressive and lively. Happier scenes of the kids acting out their own versions of Wonder Woman and Charlie's Angels will ring true to anyone who loved to play pretend -- and who longed to be their own hero.

From the author's note at the end of the book: "If you haven't found your own 'group' yet, hang in there - You deserve to have real friends, the kind who treat you well and get how amazing you are."

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Poetry Friday: That Everything's Inevitable by Katy Lederer

June 30th, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: All I Need by Noah Tauscher

That everything's inevitable.
That fate is whatever has already happened.
The brain, which is as elemental, as sane, as the rest of the processing universe is.
In this world, I am the surest thing.

- selected lines from That Everything's Inevitable by Katy Lederer

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Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens

June 27th, 2017 (09:00 am)

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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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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DIVORCE, SEPARATION, AND/OR STEPFAMILIES - parents dating, getting remarried, etc
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CAR ACCIDENTS (and similar accidents)
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ADOPTION - Also foster care, group homes, and counseling
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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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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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Poetry Friday: Collectors by Marion Strobel

June 23rd, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Stuck in a Glass Elevator by The Myriad

The barnacle of crowds-
Like a tuck
On a finished skirt, unnoticed-
He collected his material
A ragpicker,
A scavenger of words.

And the gleanings
Of his hearing
He would costume
In his own words,
And parade before
A listener.

So that now,
Across the tea-cup,
He was telling
Of his research,
Of his study,
Of his deep thought-out

And the lady,
Connoisseur of old thoughts
Bound in new gilt bindings,
Smiled approval
At the finding
Of another curio
To place
In her long gallery.

- Collectors by Marion Strobel

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Poetry Friday: See It Through by Edgar Guest

June 16th, 2017 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Heartbeat by David Cook

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

- See It Through by Edgar Guest

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