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Poetry Friday: Dark by LUXTIDES

May 17th, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Dark by LUXTIDES

I know you got darkness
You're running from the light
Until it starts to feel right
When you feel the farthest
Sinking through the bottom
Buried in your problems
Open up your eyes
You're standing at the edge of it all
'Cause I know you got darkness
But that don’t mean you have to fall

- selected lyrics from Dark by LUXTIDES

Listen to the song.

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Poetry Friday: Mine by Phoebe Ryan

May 10th, 2019 (06:00 am)
Current Song: Mine by Phoebe Ryan

I'm holding on to all the pieces of my heart's debris 'til it's time
I'll pull it together and fix myself eventually and know it's mine

I know that it's mine no matter what I do
I know that it's mine whether I win or lose
And even though my heart needs to take its time
I know that it's mine

- selected lyrics from Mine by Phoebe Ryan

Listen to the song.

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Poetry Friday: The Seed by Aurora

May 3rd, 2019 (06:00 am)
Current Song: Seeds by Aurora

You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no

- selected lyrics from The Seed by Aurora

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Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens

May 1st, 2019 (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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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

May 1st, 2019 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

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

May 2019
Magic on the Map: Let's Moooove! by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
Magic on the Map: The Show Must Go On by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏

June 2019
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

July 2019
In the Woods by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

Summer 2019
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

August 2019
Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

September 2019
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel

Sometime in 2019
Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

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Best Books of April 2019

April 30th, 2019 (06:00 pm)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Nervous by L Devine

April 2019: 9 books and script read

This month, I read a healthy mix of suspense, science, horror, fiction, and fact. This month's standouts are The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden, Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering, and Biotechnology Will Produce a Superhuman by E. Paul Zehr, and The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara.

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Poetry Friday: Mysteries, Yes by Mary Oliver

April 26th, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: What If It All Means Something by Chantal Kreviazuk

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
      to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the
      mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
      in allegiance with gravity
            while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
      never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
      scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
      who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say
      "Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
      and bow their heads.

- Mysteries, Yes by Mary Oliver

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Earth Day Every Day!

April 22nd, 2019 (07:00 am)
thirsty

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Topper score music

Celebrate Earth Day every day! Here are just a few ways you can help protect this planet of ours and inspire others to do the same.

Every single time you go to throw something away, take a moment to consider how you could recycle, reduce, or reuse that item. Don't just toss things in the trash.

Be creative! Use that empty oatmeal canister to store fruit or jewelry or socks - but not all at the same time - or make it into a drum!

Recycle everything that you can - newspapers, plastic bottles, tin cans, everything. Check containers to see if they can be recycled and either take them to a local recycling center or, if you have separate trash bins for recyclables and greenery, use them properly and encourage your family and neighbors to do the same.

Bring your own canvas bags to the grocery store and other shops.

Buy locally grown and/or organic foods. After a meal, give those uneaten bread crusts to the creatures outside. I know, I know, you don't want to attract raccoons and such into your yard, but maybe you can feed the ducks at the pond or offer those crumbs to the critters at a local park. If possible, make a compost pile. I admittedly don't have a compost pile, but I buy day-old bread and feed wild squirrels almost every week when it's good weather. (The folks at Seven-Imp know all about this!)

Eat at home and you'll save time and money, spend more time with your loved ones, and consume healthier foods. If you have to eat at work or school, pack your food in a reusable lunchbag or lunchbox, and include reusable utensils, plates, and containers.

Get a reusable beverage container and keep it with you. Summer's coming, so it's time to hydrate even more than usual! (Those of you that know me well won't be surprised to learn that one of my reusable bottles, that which goes to and from theatres, auditions, and rehearsals with me, is decorated with Tinker Bell.)

When making purchases of any kind, look for items made of recycled and/or organic materials. Try not to buy things with excessive, wasteful packaging. Consider what it is that you're getting. Do you really need things to be individually wrapped?

Before you print something out, think about whether or not you really need to print it. If not, DON'T. Save that ink and that paper. When you do have to use paper, always use both sides, then recycle it when you're done with it.

Walk whenever you can, wherever you can.

Use public transportation whenever you can.

Carpool to and from work, school, and other places.

Exercise daily. Make an effort to MOVE MORE. Take a walk at lunch and/or before or after work, especially if you have a job where you sit all day. WALK. WALK. WALK. Also run, or run-walk, or hike. Ride a bicycle, a tricycle, a skateboard, a scooter - whatever works for you and runs solely on the power of your own two feet (and arms, and heart, and lungs...) Make it part of your daily exercise routine. If you include friends or family members, you're more likely to meet your goals because you will be challenging and encouraging each other. Whether you are with friends or by yourself, make sure that you have the proper safety equipment (helmet, kneepads, armpads, etc) - plus that trusty reusable drinking container filled with fresh, cool water, and good-for-you snacks, like dried fruit or granola bars! If you're going on a big hike or biking an offbeat trail or something like that by yourself, please, please make sure someone knows where you are, because I get really worried when I picture you doing that alone.

After you read this post, GET UP AND WALK AROUND YOUR HOUSE. (I mean walking around inside, but if you actually go outside and walk around the perimeter of your house, give yourself kudos, and give me photographic evidence, videotaped proof, or something.)

For those of you unfamiliar with Earth Day, I'll give you a brief history: The United Nations celebrates Earth Day annually on the March equinox, inspired by activist John McConnell in 1969. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an environmental "teach-in," and it is celebrated annually on April 22nd in the United States and other countries.

Again I say: Earth Day every day!

Related Posts:

The Julie books by Megan McDonald - I highly recommend that you read Julie and the Eagles in your classroom or library and at home with your family!

Readergirlz: Community Challenge: Go Eco - From June 2007

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Poetry Friday: Forest is and was and will be

April 18th, 2019 (06:00 pm)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Something's Coming from West Side Story

Forest is and was and will be
Root and roof and all between
Pan-fruit feed me, nid-bough hold me,
Peace and Joy be ever green

- from the novel Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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Poetry Friday: La Clef des Songes (The Key of Dreams) by Robert Desnos

April 12th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Dark Side by Jaymes Young

Cook or poet
Businessman or carpenter
Everyone loves laziness
Leisure, sleep, and dreams
For dreams are spectacles
A dream is a lucky ticket
That night gives as a gift to the dreamer
Luck that is our due
It’s an everyday miracle
A night without dreams
          Without love
          Is lost.

- the first verse of La Clef des Songes (The Key of Dreams) by Robert Desnos

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