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Archives - April 2016

TELL ME THREE THINGS, Julie Buxbaum's young adult debut, is a powerful story about a teenage girl who, while grieving the loss of her mother, is forced to uproot her cozy midwestern life for a move to ritzy LA when her father remarries.
"Vote with your dollar." You may have heard that we have a presidential election this year. I know teenagers are incredibly busy with all the homework assignments and pressure to hurry up and grow up, but I'm guessing this is not the first you're hearing of it. Even if you aren't old enough to vote in November, you should know that you actually place very important votes every day.
April 18, 2016

An Introduction to Wattpad

By Asia H.
Wattpad is an amazing website where novice authors can write and share their own stories for others to read. This website is great for when you want to take a break from purchasing new books, but it does take patience to find the perfect read.
Recently, the teachers at Warren Middle School in New Jersey have been gaining attention for their book club, "Read Like a Teen." Each month they select a new teen or young adult book to read, review and share with their students and fellow staff. Their hope is that this will provide kids with an incentive to read and show them that it's not just reserved for teachers or librarians. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Cynthia Cassidy, a middle school teacher who spearheaded the program and got it off the ground. In this post, Cynthia talks to us about starting Read Like a Teen, how it works and what she --- and her fellow teachers --- have learned from it.
Many of you are probably familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that started in 2014, with its mission to bring diversity to books by calling on all authors to reflect different races and culture groups in their writing. Although great strides have been made, the movement is far from over. In this post, author Brynn Chapman discusses her new novel, THE REQUIEM RED, whose heroine is an asylum resident who possesses an uncanny degree of perception that allows her to hear messages in music and see lyrics in paintings. If you're tired of reading about the same characters over and over again and would like to see an author delve into the experiences of people with disabilties, read on!