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Edwards Award

And now, for a bit of blatant self-promotion. I am a candidate for the 2016 Edwards Award Committee! The Edwards Award “honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It […]

ALA Midwinter 2013

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I’m leaving soon for ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013 in Seattle! Most of my time will be spent in the committee meetings for YALSA’s Fabulous Films Committee. By the end of the meeting, we will have 25 films about “survival.” Stay tuned to see what t hose films are! I also hope to be able to attend the YALSA Board […]

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Part I

The full list of YALSA’s 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list is at its website, including the BFYA Top Ten. Below are the books on the list that I’ve read, with links to my reviews. Please go to the YALSA website for the full list and YALSA’s own annotations. Because of how many books […]

Best of YALS


…and “all about me.” And, a lot of smart, talented people. Megan Fink has edited a terrific book for YALSA, Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives (ALA, 2011). It’s the first edition of the planned Best of YALS series. From the book jacket: “For the first time, YALSA has […]

YALSA Great Idea

I have officially had a Great Idea. From American Libraries: “The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has chosen the winners for its annual Great Ideas contest: Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library Talking Books and Braille Center, Trenton, N.J., won for her idea to host a blog-based YALSA book award/booklist reading […]