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Poetry Friday: Once Upon a Time II by Nikita Gill

March 22nd, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Rearrange by Ella Vos

But the universe never promised
you this would be easy,
after all, you are the hero here.

And heroes are meant
to be forged golden
from the blaze.

It is up to you to rise again
from the fragmented shards
your foes left of you.

You must lift a sword
with reborn strength and take on
the demons in your ribcage.

You must devastate the chains
every violent person
has brutally placed on you.

And you must show them all
how they were simply
characters in your story.

But you, you are the author
of this spellbinding tale
built of hope and bravery.

Out there may be monsters, my dear.
But in you still lives the dragon
you should always believe in.

- Once Upon a Time II by Nikita Gill

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Poetry Friday: a thank-you note to the universe by noor unnahar

March 15th, 2019 (06:00 am)
creative

Current Mood: creative
Current Song: Old Habits Die Hard by Allie X

last night i whispered
a thank-you note to the universe
for it made oceans and stars
equally beautiful and accessible
for all of us; i breathe the same air
as the people i love and the people i lost
the particles of their existence are still
surrounding me and this is how loneliness
doesn’t know how to find me alone

- a thank-you note to the universe by noor unnahar

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Poetry Friday: Differences of Opinion by Wendy Cope

March 8th, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson

He tells her that the earth is flat -
He knows the facts, and that is that.
In altercations fierce and long
She tries her best to prove him wrong.
But he has learned to argue well.
He calls her arguments unsound
and often asks her not to yell.
She cannot win. He stands his ground.

The planet goes on being round.

- Wendy Cope

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Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens

March 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)

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

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

March 2019
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

April 2019
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden
Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story by Raina Telgemeier

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

Fall 2019
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
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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Poetry Friday: We never know we go by Emily Dickinson

March 1st, 2019 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Emotion by Astrid S

We never know we go, - when we are going
We jest and shut the door;
Fate following behind us bolts it,
And we accost no more.

- Emily Dickinson

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Best Books of February 2019

February 28th, 2019 (09:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Luminous and Unstoppable by Aleksandar Dimitrijevic

February 2019: 21 books and scripts read

This month's standout was The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Inspired by the author's own relatives, The Sacrifice revolves around a young girl named Abigail whose family is forever changed when the witchcraft trials reach her town of Andover, Massachussetts. If you like stories such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond, you'll like The Sacrifice.

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Poetry Friday: I am fire by Janne Robinson

February 22nd, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Happy by Annabel Jones

I am fire
if you want something salty and sweet
with no opinion
I'm not the woman for you
I spit flames
often.

- Janne Robinson

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Poetry Friday: Cosmogony by Caki Wilkinson

February 15th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas

A yarn ball and a hill
maintain an equipoise until
      their neatness starts to bore the gods
                of potential and energy
      who hedge bets, reckoning the odds
                of when the rest will be

set in motion, and who,
first stumbling upon this clew,
       constructed both the incline and
                the inclination to unwind.
       Like most gods, though, they haven’t planned
                to stay; they mastermind

the scheme, ex nihilio,
then slip behind the shadow show
       and designate an agent, chief
                remaker of their mischief made.
       Each time, disguised, this leitmotif
                gets salvaged and replayed,

a universe begins,
for orogens and origins
       suppose a Way Things Were before
                some volatile, untimely That—
       sweetness perverted by the core
                or belfry by the bat,

or here, a hilly green,
whose still life, eerily serene,
       completes their best contrivance yet:
                from high above, a williwaw,
       a hiss, and then the silhouette
                of one terrific paw.

- Cosmogony by Caki Wilkinson

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Poetry Friday: Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

February 8th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
And somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything's better, everything's safe

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

And half an hour later, we packed up our things
We said we'd send letters and all those little things
And they knew we were lying, but they smiled just the same
It seemed they'd already forgotten we'd came

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

Now we're back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
And people don't know you
And trust is a joke

We don't even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old

- lyrics from Walk on the Ocean by Toad the Wet Sprocket

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