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Top Teen Titles # 70-74

#74 House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum Books for Young Readers , 2002. ISBN13:  9780689852220. 400pp  Quotes from two of the nominators: One of the best sci-fi teen titles.  The first science fiction book I loved.  A review by Ayesha Court in USA Today states: "Unlike some science fiction, Scorpion relies on realistic, […]

Top Teen Titles #75-79

WHOA! There is a theme going on with the five titles on today’s list. Read on and see if you can detect it…  # 79 Night by Elie Wiesel. Hill and Wang; Revised edition (January 16, 2006)  ISBN13: 9780374500016. 128pp Quote from one of the nominators: First read this as a sophomore in high school, and […]

How do you combine skills teaching? AKA review of Enslow’s America’s National Parks series

Do you ever twitch near standardized testing time when teachers suddenly realize their students haven’t grasped certain standards and they need your help … desperately… immediately… and in multiple areas at the same time? Okay, it’s probably just me. One example recently was our need to teach about Media Literacy Persuasive Techniques (recognizing propaganda), about note-taking, […]

Top Teen Titles #80-84

#84 Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Atheneum, 2002. ISBN13: 9780689853234. 240pp What you have here, readers, is a big fan of Tamara Pierce! I enjoy her Beka Cooper, the Circle Opens, and the Circle of Magic series, but long before those titles came the Song of the Lionness Quartet beginning with Alanna. Check out many […]

Learning new Stuff

Just so you know, I am currently at the Tennessee Library Association conference in Memphis, TN, learning NEW STUFF! Life is fun when you learn something new. I’ve been posting on twitter and facebook, but let me take a quick second during this session to share with you some of the great links.  Scratch! A […]

Top Teen Titles #85-89

#89 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.  ISBN: 1416914285. 485pp  From Wikipedia: "City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, a young adult urban fantasy series set in New York written by Cassandra Clare. It was originally published in the USA in hardcover on March 27, […]

Top Teen Titles #90-95

These nominees seems to follow the trend on this part of the list to lean towards the upper range of young adult. I’d say many of the titles in this portion are adult titles that appeal to youth than strictly titles written for young adults that also appeal to adults. But then, that’s just my opinion […]


Ever get frustrated with ALA and want to vent? Want to make some changes? Want to know that someone is listening? Talk to the Young Librarians Working Group on their blog or on ALA Connect. "The Young Librarians Working Group is a project on behalf of librarians under the age of 35: the Millennial librarians, the […]

Women’s History Month Resources

Just a quick shout out for some excellent resources for March’s Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Museum web site has Educational Resources including quizzes, timelines, and lesson plans. I received the following information in a press release.  The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is pleased to announce that "Honoring Amazing Young Women in […]

Top Teen Titles #96-99

Ready for more surprises on our countdown of the Top 100 Teen Titles?   #99 Running Loose by Chris Crutcher. Greenwillow Books, 2003. ISBN: 9780060094911 224 pp Honors received: ALA Best Book for Young Adults New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Booklist Editor’s Choice ALA Best of the Best Books for Young […]