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A great year for #SWVBC (with Libba and Lauren!)

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It’s been a great year for our Somewhat Virtual Book Club.  Actually, it seems easy to forget that it’s also been the first year for the SomeWhat Virtual Book Club. In the fall I shared that we experimented by joining several schools around the country for monthly book discussions.  Our kids were happy to make [...]

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder App (love it!)

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Quick, before the school year ends, share this app with your teens and maybe their parents. Quick, before the school year ends, download this app yourself.  You’re going to want to start using the genre search to support readers’ advisory tomorrow!!! YALSA just introduced its Teen Book Finder for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.  (An [...]

About The Watermelon: Can a YA novel change the world?

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My old college buddy (SUNY Binghamton ’75), author Michael Laser recently shared his latest young adult novel with me. We chatted a bit about the world of YA literature and about what inspires him to write. He shared with me that his latest book was differently motivated. The Watermelon is a loss of innocence story [...]

Our YA Lit LibGuide (a guest post from Chrissy)

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My big goal for the year is to promote reading.  So I asked my practicum student, Chrissy Sirianni, to use my BookLeads wiki as an inspiration and add her own special curating touch to create a YA Lit Guide.  And then I asked her to reflect on her work: I was thrilled when Joyce suggested [...]

Read it 1st! (For Nerdfighters & the world)

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Inspired by Nerdfighteria, we decided to bag the traditional book-to-film display in favor of a far more awesome, far less sucky Read-it-first display. Our Springfield Nerdfighters not only approve, several volunteered to help us pull it together. The Readit1st pledge page offers a variety of embeddable web and Facebook buttons (with logo designed by Hank) [...]

Am I the messenger (too)?

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Yesterday, at the very end of the day, I was out on the floor helping the usual AP US History bunch dig up the usual primary sources for their usual DBQs, as well as the evidence they need for their debates.  Many of these kids also happen to be members of my Book Club.  Now, [...]

Young Adult Author Wordle and the beautiful purple cart

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Nora and I were thinking of a way to highlight young adult authors (and a way to use our beautiful purple book cart).  Our student readers kept asking for the same favorite names over and over again and we wanted to introduce them to a few new authors.  (John Green simply cannot write as fast [...]