Archive for In-Depth

Sharing Poetry With Teens (2014)

Here are the books I mentioned in this episode:

Slam edited by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Poetry Speaks Who I Am edited by Elise Paschen
Sister Slam and the Poetic Motormouth Road Trip by Linda Oatman High
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Using Technology to Share Books and Booktalks

Book Trailer

Looking for new ways to share the books you love?  Here are the topics and resources I mentioned in this episode:

Infopeople Podcasts
Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
Circulating Ideas
PW Comics World: More to Come
Booktalks Quick and Simple

That “Booktalking” Prezi About Dystopian Fiction
Book Trailers For Readers
Youth Services Librarianship Wikispaces (Booktalking)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (sob)

Tumblr Stuff
All Book Lovers Are Welcome Here
YA Highway
The Lighter Side of PTB
Epic Reads
Glendale Public Library Teens
Laurie Halse Anderson
Teens’ Top Ten
Tor Teen
CMC Library Teen Zone
Scholastic Book Club
First Second Books
Diversity in YA
Teenage Bookland
School Library Journal
Like in the Sky (Rainbow Rowell)
Holly Black’s Tumblr
Humans of New York
Old New York
Doctor Who Official
New York Comic Con
DIVERGENT Official Movie Site
All’s well that ends. (aka “nothesheriffsecretpolice”)  (aka just one of the blogs devoted to the Welcome to Night Vale podcast)

Tearjerker Books for Teens

As I promised, here’s a recommended list of sad books for teens (and if you get too sad, don’t forget to look at last month’s episode about humor books for teens to find something to cheer you up!)  Here is the list of books I discussed in this episode:

You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
So Much to Tell You by John Marsden
Cut by Patricia McCormick
WE3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones
Good-Bye Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
Emako Blue by Brenda Woods

Humor Books For Teens

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We all need to lighten the mood once in a while!  Here are some great books that you can buy for your collections and share with your teens.

The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb
Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney
To Be or Not to Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
Oddballs by William Sleator
Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade) by Denise Vega
My Cup Runneth Over: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whytock

King of the Mild Frontier: an Ill-Advised Autobiography by Chris Crutcher
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations by Nancy Rica Schiff
Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights From the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by
James Lileks
Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations From the Golden Age of American Cookery by James Lileks

My Favorite Children’s and Teen Books of 2013

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Here are all of the books I mentioned in this episode:

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett [Check out more at]
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Year of the Jungle: Memories From the Home Front by Suzanne Collins

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The Great American Dust Bowl written and illustrated by Don Brown
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Slated by Teri Terry

Teen Fiction About Family Problems

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the popular topic of family problems, here’s the list of books that I discussed during this episode:

[currently in print]
Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
Heaven by Angela Johnson
Looking for Red by Angela Johnson
Bird by Angela Johnson
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers
Dancing On the Edge by Han Nolan
A Door Near Here by Heather Quarles
Oddballs by William Sleator
Stop Pretending : What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

[currently out of print]
Harley Like a Person by Cat Bauer
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
Dark Angel by David Klass
When She Was Good by Norma Fox Mazer
Finding Daddy by Louise Plummer
The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson and If I Forget, You Remember by Carol Lynch Williams

Teen Horror Books: Vampires, Zombies, and More!

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In this episode, I give a brief overview of one of my favorite genres and talk about the horror authors I used to read when I was growing up.  Then I talk about some of my favorite teen horror novels that you can find on library and bookstore shelves today:

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
iDrakula by Bekka Black
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

A Few of My Favorite Dystopias

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I’ve been meaning to do a dystopian episode for a while now, and the time when students are going back to school seemed as good a time as any to share books in a genre that has exploded in popularity over the last few years.  I’ve already booktalked several of the books that I mentioned in this episode; if you’d like to hear and read my booktalks of dystopian titles please click on the “dystopian” category on this page or just go here to check them out.

Here are the titles of dystopian fiction books that I mentioned in this episode:

1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Matched by Ally Condie
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
XVI by Julia Karr
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Ship Breaker by Paolo Baciagalupi
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Beta by Rachel Cohn
The Program by Suzanne Young
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Graphic Novels For Kids, Teens, and Grownups

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Here’s the list of all the graphic novels I discussed in this episode:
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike Carey and Louise Carey
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
The Color Trilogy by Dong Hwa Kim
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Revolver by Matt Kindt
Saturn Apartments by Hisae Iwaoka
Gareth Hinds adaptations – Beowulf, The Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet
Rick Geary true crime series (A Treasury of Victorian Murder and A Treasury of XXth Century Murder)
George O’Connor’s Olympians series
Peanut by Ayun Halliday
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt

Award-Winning Teen Books

YALSA Teen Book Finder

I’ve discussed a couple of different ways to get book recommendations in the past, from listening to podcasts to reading reviews, blogs, and websites.  So I thought that it was time to visit the idea of teen book awards, both long-standing awards that have been around for decades as well as awards that have only been around for a few years.  Here are the awards and other resources that I mentioned in this episode:

ALA Book, Print, and Media Awards
Newbery Medal and Honor Books
Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books
The Alex Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The YALSA Award For Excellence in Nonfiction
YALSA’s Teen Bookfinder app
The Edgar Awards (mysteries)
The Bram Stoker Award (horror)
The Nebula Awards (fantasy & science fiction)