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Flashback Friday: Books from the ’90s

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00

It’s Flashback Friday and The Hub is taking you back to the 1990s! Last week, Jessica Lind discussed the ’90s nostalgia emerging in contemporary pop culture in her post titles The Hub Loves the ’90s. Now we’re going to be flashing back to what young adults were reading in the ’90s. The inspiration for this post was the television show Fresh off the Boat. The show based on Eddie Huang’s best-selling memoir, is about a Taiwanese-American family living in the suburbs of Orlando, FL during the ’90s. The show gave me a very funny librarian thought: what if the tweenage Eddie went to the library on Fresh off the Boat– what would the librarian recommend to him? This thought caused me to crack open the librarian vault and take a journey back to the decade that had us rolling with the homies….

So it’s time to break out your flannel, find those old shoe-lace hair clips, put on Wannabe by the Spice Girls and grab your favorite Pogs, because we’re going to the 90’s!

Here are some ’90s YA lit titles in chronological order that you might want to think about re-reading or checking out for this first time.

 

 

Full disclosure: The first book in the Dangerous Angels series by Francesca Lia Block was written in 1989 but the other books from the series were published during the ’90s.

Be sure to check back next week for our third installment of The Hub Loves the ’90s when Traci Glass discusses historical fiction set during the decade. Can you believe the ’90s are already considered historical?!

-Katie Shanahan Yu, currently reading The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

Tweets of the Week: April 24th

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 07:00

Spring is here – Summer books are coming, BEA is coming, and blockbuster movies are coming.
I’ve got the round up of any news your might have missed this week.


Book News:

 · Enter the “If I were royalty” writing contest!  · Photo: epicreads: The 20 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read in May ––>  · What’s New in LGBTQIA+ This Spring — Teen Librarian Toolbox by  · Photoset: bookriot: If you’re an iPhone user and a reader, check out these awesome bookish apps.  · 25 Films You Might Not Know Were Based On A Book –  · This week’s YA RELEASES!  · Whoa. A never-before-seen passage has been uncovered from ‘A Wrinkle in Time’!

Movie/TV News:

 · New report reveals ‘Star Trek 3’ may finally have an official title –  · Stanley Tucci joins the all-star cast of Disney’s live-action :  · Ewan McGregor cast as Lumière in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ –  · RT : New Trailer for THE LITTLE PRINCE  · Why the cast of The Mortal Instruments Movie Won’t Be The Cast for The Shadowhunters TV Series  · It’s official: orders revival, 13 episodes to arrive in 2016:  · . sequel, movie score release dates:  · Twitterverse, how are you feeling about being Jace in the new Mortal Instrument TV series?  · ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ release date announced, won’t be split –

Librarianship:

 · 16 Random Things You Should Probably Know About Today’s Teens – Buzzfeed  · Turning the School Library into a Community Hub: Here’s How  · Celebrate Teen Read Week this Oct! Apply now thru 6/1 for our $1000 literacy activity grants!  · What are your kids making? Apply for the Build Something Bold Award by April 30  · From YALSABlog: 30 Days of Teen : Low-Stress through Crafternoons  · Banana pianos are just a start. SLJ Reviews MaKey MaKey  · 30 Days of Teen Programming: Engaging All Teens in : Thinking Diversely, w/ a Prog Plan via  · With Minecraft – You Can Now Explore The Tate Museum In Virtual Reality  · Middle Grade Monday – the Power of Doorstops

Blogs:

 · ” Finding the courage to speak your truth is one of the most difficult lessons for teens to learn”:  · Teen Library Program Ideas for Spring with Duct Tape:  · Female friendships are a core theme in . I’m on Bustle today talking about putting the BFF in YA.  · Can you read if you only have 5 minutes, or do you need bigger chunks of time to dive in?  · Your guide to setting the web free for kids: our Great Websites for Kids site!  · Love this list: our librarian on how she spring cleans her personal bookshelves.  · 7 awesome YA heroines who know “girly” doesn’t mean “weak.”

Just for Fun:

 · Think you know your YA? Play this QuizBowl game inspired by ‘s THE START OF ME AND YOU!  · 11 Reasons To Get Obsessed With “Lip Sync Battle” – Lip Sync Battle would be a great teen library program!  · RT : Where’s the Quote from: Classic or YA Lit? Take the QUIZ!

~ Jennifer Rummel currently reading The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

YA Lit Dream Interpretation: Snakes

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00

In your dream you are walking along a path in the woods when suddenly the trail becomes writhing snakes.  You cannot walk, you slip, fall and land among them.  The snakes climb over and above you.  You cannot see the sky.  You are suffocating.  

You wake up suddenly. Startled and confused you wonder, what did it all mean?  Freud might have a lot of explanations for your dream.  But a better interpretation is: you need fiction to solve your nightmarish concerns.  No need to psychoanalyze when some reader’s advisory  has the cure.

As a positive symbol, snakes represent healing, transformation, knowledge and wisdom. It is indicative of self-renewal and positive change. (DreamMoods)

This nightmare about snakes sounds like an impetuous for growth.  Are you heading to college soon?  Are you taking driving lessons this spring?  What other opportunities are you facing?  The following titles will inspire and guide you to reach your potential.

The Look by Sophia Bennett

Ted has the ultimate epiphany about modeling while on a photo shoot.  There is never a wrong time to choose what is right for yourself.  Learn to be yourself by reading about Ted’s struggle to escape her beautiful sister’s shadow.

 

Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker

Ant is going to get out.  He’s getting out of dangerous neighborhood.  He is going to find a new life at a new school.  Too bad the new school has its own problems.  Now lines have been crossed and choices have been made.  Its time for Ant to take a stand and prove wherever he is, he can make a difference. 

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

David Smith has lost everything.  Desperate and homeless, he bets everything on his art.  He struggles to find inspiration for a gallery opening while learning to love his free spirited roommate.  David desperately wants to be famous but will he find what he truly needs along the way?

Rock the Boat by Sigmund Brouwer

Webb is looking to break into the Nashville music scene.  With minimal cash and few contacts he only has a short amount of time to make it big.  Reduced to busking on the streets, Webb’s talent earn him a strong friendship that will prove valuable. When Webb is accused of plagiarizing lyrics can stand up for himself or will he need a ticket home?

Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter by Stacy King

Celebrate growth and change with a manga edition of the classic redemptive story, The Scarlet Letter.  In this adaptation, Hester’s struggle for piety and forgiveness is admirable and seemingly achievable.  Will Reverend Dimmesdale and Dr. Chillingworth learn from Hester and Pearl and accept change in their lives as well?

 

It’s all about perspective. Fear of snakes is a common phobia that we don’t really understand.  Instead of thinking negatively about your fear, use the emotion to propel you.  Imagine the snakes of your nightmares if they are part of Staff of Asclepius, a symbol from Greek mythology that represents medicine and healing.

-Laura C Perenic,  currently reading Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb

No Cheap Thrills Here: Complex, Character-Driven Thrillers

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:00

image from AshtonPal’s flickr

As many of my posts here at The Hub illustrate, I am a longtime fan of genre fiction.  My teenage reading habits primarily focused on several kinds of genre fiction including historical fiction, fantasy, and mysteries & thrillers.  I have a particular fondness for that final category as it is also one of my father’s favorite genres and we continue to trade off book recommendations to this day.  Accordingly, I’m always on the look out for new titles to read and to recommend to my equally suspense-addicted students.

As I expressed in my post about the particular appeal of Veronica Mars last spring, I especially enjoy genre fiction that takes advantage of its particular structure and characteristics to tackle larger topics and issues and tell complex stories in a fresh way. So I’ve been thrilled to see an especially rich crop of recent young adult novels that capitalize on specific qualities of the thriller subgenre to tell stories about the complicated intersections between gender, class, race, sexual orientation, mental health,  sexuality, violence, innocence, guilt, and justice.  These novels take advantage of careful pacing to build suspense and hook readers from their opening lines.  Each features narrators hiding secrets from other characters, from the reader, and from themselves.  These novels will not only keep you on the edge of your seat; they will also leave your mind spinning and buzzing for days afterwards.

Far From You – Tess Sharpe

Sophie is a survivor.  She survived a nasty car accident when she was fourteen and the brutal prescription drug addiction that followed.  Then when Sophie and her best friend Mina were attacked by a masked man in the woods, Sophie survived–and Mina didn’t.  To make everything worse, everyone believes that it’s Sophie’s fault that Mina is dead; the police decided that the attack was a drug deal gone wrong and accordingly all fingers pointed towards Sophie.  So even though she’d been clean for months before the murder, Sophie was shipped off to rehab and told be glad it wasn’t juvie.  But now Sophie’s back and she determined to find out the truth behind Mina’s murder.

Complicit – Stephanie Kuehn

It’s been two years since Jamie saw his magnetic and frightening sister Cate and that’s precisely the way he’d like the situation to remain.  But then his parents tell him that Cate has been released from jail where she’s been serving time for her role in a local barn fire that killed several horses and left another girl severely burned.  Now it seems that Cate wants to see him and Jamie is beyond freaked out.  Even after years of therapy, Jamie hasn’t been able to shake his strange bouts of amnesia and the occasional & unpredictable loss of sensation in his hands and the specter of Cate’s return only exacerbates his symptoms.  Determined to gain some control, Jamie begins to dig deep into his past and his memories with possibly devastating consequences.

Pointe – Brandy Colbert

Theo is finally starting to get her life in order again.  Her ballet instructor has singled her out as one of her top students and told her to seriously consider auditioning for specialized summer programs. It’s looking like her dreams of becoming one of the few African American professional ballet dancers might be in reach.    She’s eating again, she’s got some great friends, and she might be on the verge of something special with an almost appropriate guy.  Then Donovan Pratt returns.  Before he disappeared a few years ago, Donovan was Theo’s best friend.  And now Theo has all sorts of long buried memories bubbling up–including memories of her first boyfriend, a much older guy who disappeared around the same time as Donovan.

The Walls Around Us – Nova Ren Suma

Amber and Violet live in separate universes. As a longtime inmate at Aurora Hills Secure Juvenile Detention Center, Amber understands its rules and the subtle social dynamics.  She treasures the brief moments of freedom in their strictly controlled lives–like the night when all the doors opened.  Meanwhile, Violet thrives on the very different but equally rigid routine of intense ballet training.  She’s counting the days until she can be free of the ugly events of a few years ago and make her escape to Juilliard.  But while their lives seem worlds apart, Amber and Violet’s stories are inexorably intertwined by twisty web of secrets, broken friendships, murder, guilt, and innocence–all centered on Ori, Violet’s best friend and Amber’s cellmate at Aurora Hills.  As she has with her earlier novels, Nova Ren Suma infuses this fascinating narrative with carefully orchestrated elements of magical realism.

Happily, this trend doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  Lauren Oliver’s newest novel, Vanishing Girlsexplores a complicated relationship between estranged sisters through the lens of a page-turning mystery.  Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (May 2015) uses the high stakes competition and personal drama of an intense New York City ballet school as the setting for an adrenaline-fueled exploration of three different girls’ quests for dancing stardom. In June, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller and Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn both burst onto the scene and promise to bring mind-bending thrills and thought-provoking chills along with them.

-Kelly Dickinson, currently reading The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella and The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Jukebooks: Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 07:00

Viv lives in Beau Rivage, a place where magic still lingers in the blood of the accursed. Viv herself has the Snow White curse, irresistible beauty that can only end with the hunter’s knife or a prince’s love. When a sadistic fairy curses Viv’s boyfriend Henley to be the Huntsman, the one fated to carve out Viv’s heart, life gets worse than complicated.

For fans of mixed-up fairy tales, Tear You Apart is a deliciously dark treat. Cross creates a realistic world in which old, familiar dramas are reenacted with present day panache. Since this is a re-telling of the Snow White tale, it’s fun to look at one of the first contemporary versions, created by Walt Disney Studios. Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featured the ideal girl of the day – lovely, virginal, and longing for that prince who loves her at first glance.

If only things were that easy for Viv.

Diane Colson, currently reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.

New Member Manager for The Hub Sought

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 08:59

First off, YALSA would like to thank Allison Tran for her leadership as The Hub’s member manager since 2013. Allison will be leaving her role as manager of The Hub when her term ends on August 14, 2015. As a result, YALSA is seeking a new member manager to begin in August 2015. Interested in the job? Read on after the jump to see the position description and qualifications and find out how you can apply. Applications are due to alam@ala.org by June 1, 2015.

YALSA is seeking a Member Manager for its blog, The Hub. Beginning this August, the Hub will expand its focus to materials of all kinds for teen library collections, including but not limited to books, graphic novels, graphic nonfiction, comics, periodicals, visual and audio media, digital resources and more.

The re-envisioned Hub will provide timely information about emerging and new practices for evaluating, selecting and curating materials; raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen collections; and provide resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their teen collection.

The Member Manager will lead an advisory board and together the group will be responsible for the site, including recruiting bloggers and soliciting content submissions from the YALSA community.

List of Qualifications:

  1. Strong project management and organizational skills
  2. Ability to delegate work and to manage a variety of contributors and volunteers
  3. Dynamic, self-motivated individual
  4. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, in order to develop content and communicate with potential content providers
  5. Experience in web publishing with responsibilities including but not limited to: utilizing video clips, audio, and social media, maintaining a high standard of writing, and ensuring compliance with policies created for the maintenance of the site
  6. Knowledge of HTML and WordPress, which YALSA uses for administration of blog sites; as well as knowledge of plugins, tagging, categories, and other WordPress tools
  7. PHP knowledge a plus
  8. Ability to set and meet deadlines
  9. Knowledge of best practices and current trends in collection development for and with teens in libraries
  10.  Ability to work well in a team environment
  11. Ability to work well in a mostly virtual setting, including using tools such as Google Drive, Google Calendar, Skype, etc. to coordinate work and communicate with others
  12.  Personal membership in YALSA
  13. A commitment to advancing the recommendations YALSA outlined in its recent report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action.
  14. High ethical standards and no real or perceived conflict of interest with YALSA or its portfolio of print and web publications

General Member Manager Responsibilities:

Oversight & Coordination

  • Communicate with the Advisory Board and YALSA’s Communications Specialist on a regular basis in order to generate ideas for content, assign tasks, discuss marketing and sponsorship strategies, and discuss site management
  • Work with the YALS and JRLYA editors and YALSAblog manager as appropriate to coordinate dissemination of information to members and the library community.
  • Maintain communication with YALSA member groups whose work relates to collection development
  • Follow all established policies and guidelines, enforce them as necessary and periodically conduct a review of them to ensure currency
  • Direct questions about sponsorships, advertising, etc. to YALSA’s Executive Director
  • Develop a calendar for content, based on YALSA events and activities as well as those going on in the larger community related to library materials for teens
  • Write reports prior to the Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting for submission to the YALSA Board of Directors

Seek Out & Manage Content & Contributors

  • With the Advisory Board review and edit content submitted to the site to make sure the quality is acceptable and that it includes YALSA branding prior to posting, when appropriate
  • With the Advisory Board manage postings regularly to guarantee quality of content and appropriate tagging and category identification
  • With the Advisory Board recruit contributors on a regular basis, which may include but is not limited to: YALSA members, publishers, authors and teens
  • Communicate regularly with bloggers to solicit content, share news, motivate bloggers, develop a blogging schedule, etc.
  • Interact with and provide any necessary training to contributors as needed, including at ALA’s Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting and via virtual means
  • Effectively motivate, support and manage a large and fluctuating group of contributors and volunteers
  • Manage comments and spam daily in order to guarantee that the blog content is appropriate

Promotion

  • Attend Midwinter and Annual to recruit contributors and inform member groups about the site
  • Answer questions and inquiries about the site in a timely fashion
  • Work with the Website Advisory Committee and the YALSAblog Member Manager to create cross-promotion of all YALSA’s web presences
  • Utilize social media to increase awareness of the Hub and its content

Technical Maintenance

  • Work with YALSA’s Communications Specialist as appropriate to update and manage blog software
  • Monitor new technologies as they impact the site: add-ons and plug-ins to blog software, widgets or applications for hand-held devices, etc.

Role of the YALSA Communication Specialist

  • Communicates regularly with Member Manager to provide support and facilitate work
  • Works with ALA IT Dept. to maintain the template for the blog
  • Handles all financial transactions for the blog
  • Works closely with the ad rep to ensure that ad revenues meet targeted goals
  • Promotes the blog through appropriate venues
  • Coordinates efforts and facilitates communication among all YALSA publications, including the blogs and journals
  • Manages the blog software, including keeping track of add-ons and plug-ins and liaising with ALA’s IT Dept. to troubleshoot technical issues

The Member Manager will be selected by the YALSA Executive Committee by July 15, 2015. The term of the appointment is one year beginning August 15, with an option to renew for a second year, based on performance. The Member Manager will receive an honorarium of $500 per year plus $500 towards travel to each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting while serving as Member Manager. Candidates must send a cover letter and resume, which includes management, writing and web publishing experiences to alam@ala.org. All resumes, etc. must be submitted via email. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2015. Please note that this is not a salaried staff position, but a member volunteer opportunity.

To learn more about The Hub, visit http://yalsa.ala.org/thehub. Please direct questions to Anna Lam at alam@ala.org.

Life is a Highway

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:00

Road trip books make people happy – maybe it’s because they’re seeing the world from the character’s view, maybe it’s because the characters are visiting places we long to visit ourselves, maybe it’s the feel of freedom, maybe it’s the change that inevitably happens to the characters along the way – or maybe it’s a combination. Now that it’s spring time, I’m ready to get in the car, crank the music, and see where the road takes me.

So here are a few road trip books – and because the video’s short, I’ll ask you to add your favorites in the comments.

Books in the Video:
Crash into Me by Albert Borris
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Going Bovine by Libba Bray (2010 Printz winner)
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

-Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Flunked by Jennifer Calonita

Bingewatching YA Read- Alikes

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 07:00

With all the ways to watch TV today including; on demand, DVR, and instant streaming it is possible to watch an entire series’ episodes back to back rather than in a serialized week to week format.  This kind of watching has been dubbed “binge-watching.”  Maybe when you hear this term, an image comes to mind of someone mindlessly watching hour after hour of TV whilst eating chips.   As fun as that sounds, “binge-watching” can also mean focusing on just one show over the course of many days or weeks.  As a reader the way I become immersed in the characters and world of a good book are a familiar, comforting feeling, and binge-watching a quality show can offer a similar (on-screen) experience.  Here are some great YA read-alikes inspired by some of my binge-worthy favorites.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black – One of Netflix’s original binge-worthy series. This is the story of a Piper, a privileged woman who has to serve prison time for a crime committed in her 20s.

Read-alikes:

Monster

* Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2000 Printz Award Winner, 2000 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers , 2000 Best Book for Young Adults) A story told in the form of a screenplay by a young man incarcerated in a juvenile detention center.

* Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos (2003 Printz Honor BookPopular Paperback for Young Adult 2006 , 2003 Best Books for Young Adults). When Gantos was a young man with heavy debt and a promising writing career he agrees to help sail a ship packed with drugs from the Virgin Islands to New York City.   This memoir describes this well known author’s short-lived criminal career and his incarceration.

* Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman. The book that inspired the show; Kerman tells the tale of how she spent a year in prison the humiliations she endured, and the relationships she forged.

Les Revenants (The Returning) –  In this mysterious, atmospheric, and haunting (no pun intended) French series the dead come back unchanged and unaware of what happened to them. “Binge-valable” on Netflix. And if you don’t care for sub-titles check out the American adaptation which premiered in March on A&E.

Read-alikes:

And We Stay

* And We Stay by Jennifer Hubbard (2015 Printz Honor).   Emily tries to forget her past; her ex-boyfriend shot himself right in front of her.   But she can’t seem to let go. Like her namesake Emily Dickinson poetry is an outlet for her pain.

* Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan. Twins Dom and Pat move to an isolated seaside town after a terrible accident. Dom starts to become different: haunted by the ghost of young boy who died and Pat is determined to save his brother.

* The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. Famous and beloved street artist Addison Stone plummets to her death from a bridge in New York City while hanging a billboard.  Was it an accident?  Suicide?

 

* Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sabriel journeys into the Old Kingdom (where the dead won’t stay dead) when her father goes missing.

 

The Wire

The Wire – One of HBO’s most popular series ever. Baltimore crime depicted by in-depth explorations of the citizens, police, politicians, criminals, youth, news reporters, etc. Available for binge watching on Amazon Prime.

Read-alikes:

* Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson. Emily Bird is a private school straight-A student, parent and teacher pleaser, and a general “good girl.”  Though out of character, Bird finds herself crushing on the school drug dealer “Coffee”. When Bird gets caught up in high political crime, it’s only Coffee she can turn to for help.

How it Went Down

* How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon. Tariq was a sixteen year old boy who was shot dead by a white man. This compelling tale deals with racial issues, crime, and city life.

My Book of Life by Angel

* My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt. Angel becomes addicted to drugs and is used for prostitution by an opportunistic John named Call.

* Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson. Laurel (who lost her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina and had to leave her New Orleans home) becomes addicted to meth after being introduced to the drug by her new boyfriend.

 

 

Gilmore Girls

 

Gilmore Girls – Mother daughter duo Lorelei and Rory (only 16 years apart) can handle anything life throws at them with weapons such as snarky comebacks, lots of junk food, and bad movies. Perfect binge-watching fodder available on Netflix. For more fun Gilmore Girls Readalikes check out this miss print post!

 

Read-alikes:

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls

* Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher. Adrienne is forced to join a mother-daughter book club when she has to spend a summer in a knee brace. Fellow “literary prisoners” are CeeCee, Jill, and Wallis.

* Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (2010 Teens’ Top Ten, 2010 Best Book for Young Adults). Auden finds solace in academic success and tries to escape her control-freak mom.

November Blues

* November Blues by Sharon Draper. High school senior November discovers she is pregnant by her boyfriend Josh who died two months earlier in a hazing accident.

* Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (2015 Morris Award Winner). Gabi’s diary accounts all the happenings on her senior year: teen pregnancies, college applications, a friend’s coming out, etc.

 

 

walking dead

The Walking Dead – Have you been stuck under a rock since 2010? No? Well then I guess you know about one of the most popular shows on TV ever—this on-going story of survival features a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Catch up on Netflix and/or AMC.

Read-alikes:

I Kissed a Zombie and I Like it

* I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer. Ali meets Doug and they fall for each other. Ali thinks Doug is a serious goth– but what will she do when she realizes he really a zombie?

* Forest of Teeth and Hands by Carrie Ryan (2010 Best Book for Young Adults). Seven generations ago, the undead rose again. Now Mary lives in this post-apocalyptic world bound by “The Sisterhood”: a religious order which constructs all aspects of life.
* The Stand by Stephen King. The original post-apocalyptic tale of survival.  An odd strain of illness kills of 99% of the population and those left fall into two categories: good and evil. This is an adult book with lots of teen appeal.

* Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Tony Moore. The graphic novels that inspired the show. Don’t get too comfortable– there are “walkers” coming and chances are, some of your favorite characters are gonna get bit.

 

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights- Don’t like football? Well, that’s OK. This dramatic character-driven show uses the power of a small Texas town and their devotion to a High School football team to propel this one of kind show. Available on Netflix.

Read-alikes:

* The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Shroeder.  Lauren in the new girl, Coby is the football hero. Alternating chapters tell their story.

* Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp (2007 Best Books for Young Adults, 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults) In Kennisaw, Oklahoma High School Football is the be all and end all. Linebacker Hampton is king on the field, but lost in life.

* QB1 by Mike Lupica.  Jake is a freshman quarterback, following in the legendary steps of his big brother Troy in this football-obsessed Texas town.  Inspired by Peyton and Eli Manning’s story.

* The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu.   Quarterback Brandon dies in a car accident and rumors about Alice being a “slut” spiral out of control. This compelling story deals with stereotypes in high school.

* Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger.  The book that inspired the movie that inspired the show! This is a non-fiction account of the Texas town of Odessa and their obsession with the winning streak of high school football team the Permian Panthers.

 

Transparent

Transparent- Jeffrey Tambor plays the patriarch of a kooky family who after a lifetime of keeping his secret finally tells his adult children that he always felt he was supposed to be a woman. Available on Amazon Prime.

Read-alikes:

* Every Day by David Levithan (2013 Teens Top Ten). Every day “A” wakes up in a different body in a different life.   A does not identify with a gender and accepts this strange existence until the day he meets and falls in love with Rhiannon.

Beyond Magenta

* Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin.   This non-fiction work depicts six transgender or gender-neutral teens; their struggles and joys. The pictures included help illustrate these young adults’ lives.

* Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill. 19-year old Katie chronicles her own gender-reassignment journey.

* Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews. Non-fiction account by author Andrews on his gender-reassignment during his junior year of high school.

 

For more read-and-watch suggestions check out Hannah Gomez’s posts on this year’s mid-season lineup (part 1 and part 2) of new network shows and Colleen Seiser’s reality TV read-alikes collection.  I also want to thank for my fellow HUB bloggers Becky O’Neil, Wendy Daughdrill, Erin Bush, and Mia Cabana and to Sarah Moon at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves for their contributions and awesome suggestions!

Speaking of more ideas: there are many more more binge-able shows out there with YA read-alike pairing potential!  How about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline, The Americans, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, or House of Cards: any thoughts?

-Tara Kehoe, currently reading And We Stay by Jennifer Hubbard

The Monday Poll: Vampire Books for National Garlic Day

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 23:17

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we asked which fictional library you would visit in honor of National Library Week. Overwhelmingly, Hogwarts Library from the Harry Potter series was the top choice with 61% of the vote. Bet you’d go straight for the restricted section, too! You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

This week, we are belatedly celebrating National Garlic Day (which was yesterday, but it’s always time to celebrate garlic, right?). What’s the YA lit tie-in to garlic, you ask? Well, vampires! I know– that’s so 2008, right? But let’s revel in a little nostalgia and think back to when those creepy/sexy bloodsuckers were all the rage. What’s your favorite vampire series in YA lit? Choose from the options below, or suggest another in the comments.

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2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #10

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 07:00

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 9 counts, so sign up now!

Hey Readers!

How is the challenge going? I am not participating (again) this year because I am on an awards committee and currently reading for that. I did just finish listening to Gabi, a Girl in Pieces to refresh my memory since I read it last year for Quick Picks (it was in the top ten!) since my library teens are reading it for their book club.  How I love that book! The audio is great and you should give it a listen if you have a chance.

How many of you have finished? How many books are now your favorite? Any books surprise you? I love this challenge because it forces us to read outside of our comfort zones. I hope to get back into the challenge again!

Check in with how you’re doing, and find out what other Challenge readers are enjoying by commenting on the weekly check-in posts or participating on social media. You can use the hashtag #hubchallenge to post updates on Twitter or check out the 2015 Goodreads Hub Reading Challenge group.

As you all know, you have until 11:59 PM EST on June 21st to finish at least 25 challenge books (here’s the full list of eligible titles).   If you haven’t already, don’t forget to post the Participant’s Badge on your blog, website, or email signature, and, as always, if you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email.

If you have already completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list of eligible books, be sure to fill out the form below so we can send you your Challenge Finisher badge, get in touch to coordinate your reader’s response and, perhaps best of all, to notify you if you win our exciting grand prize drawing! Be sure to use an email you check frequently and do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

 

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2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:37

The 2015 Teens’ Top Ten nominees were announced yesterday. Have you checked them out yet? If not, view the nominees via the video and list below!

The nominees are as follows:

  • Alsaid, Adi. Let’s Get Lost. Harlequin Teen.
  • Armentrout, Jennifer L. Don’t Look Back. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blackburne, Livia. Midnight Thief. Disney Hyperion.
  • Blake, Kendare. Mortal Gods. Tor Teen.
  • Clare, Cassandra. The Bane Chronicles. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Cremer, Andrea. The Inventor’s Secret. Penguin Group/Philomel.
  • Dellaira, Ava.  Love Letters to the Dead. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books.
  • Despain, Bree. Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince. Egmont.
  • Han, Jenny. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Simon & Schuster.
  • Howard, A.G. Unhinged. Abrams/Amulet Books.
  • Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  • Maas, Sarah J. Heir of Fire. Bloomsbury.
  • Matson, Morgan. Since You’ve Been Gone. Simon & Schuster.
  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Shadow Throne. Scholastic.
  • Novak, Ali. My Life with the Walter Boys. Sourcebooks.
  • Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception. Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company.
  • Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic.
  • Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. Soho Teen.
  • Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile.
  • Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. Hachette/Poppy.
  • Stone, Juliana. Boys Like You. Sourcebooks.
  • Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Little Brown & Company.
  • Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen.

A list of the nominees including annotations of each title can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten website.

Teens are encouraged to read the nominees before the national Teens’ Top Ten vote, which will take place Aug. 15 through Teen Read Week at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens. The 10 nominees that receive the most votes will be named the official 2015 Teens’ Top Ten.

Tweets of the Week: April 17th

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:00

Happy National Library Week, Hub Readers! Thank you to everyone who works at, supports, praises and gives their time to libraries! There’s been some fun stuff on Twitter this week; be sure to check out these tweets of the week with news about a new Paper Towns clip(!), the most challenged books of 2014 & Sarah Dessen!  In case you missed it…I’m here to compile it all for you!

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— Traci Glass, currently reading All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The Hub Loves the ’90s

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 07:00

Have you noticed that the 1990s seem to be popping up a lot recently in pop culture? YA lit is no exception to this and we here at the Hub have decided to take a closer look at the ’90s nostalgia that seems to be hitting us from every direction. Along with upcoming posts from Traci Glass and Katie Shanahan Yu, this is the first in a three-part series this month looking at this memorable decade’s persistent appearance and influence.

As someone who was a tween and teen in the 1990s, it does not really surprise me to see so much of this time period seeping into contemporary pop culture now. These years had a huge impact on my long-term interest in music, television, movies, and books. Now, many from my generation are at a point in our lives where we are not only creating the content found on television and in books, but we are also adults with some disposable income that we are willing to spend on these types of media.

Traci and Katie will be looking at examples of books set in or produced in the 1990s, but I have even noticed a good amount of references to this period appearing in contemporary pieces. For example, Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead begins with a letter to Kurt Cobain, a grunge rock icon and tragic symbol of the decade. Soon after, a letter to actor River Phoenix appears; and while the majority of his films were made in the ’80s, his untimely death in 1993 was a memorable part of this time. This book is a contemporary story, but it had an undeniable nostalgia for pop culture of the ’90s. 

One of the most obvious examples of targeting those of us with these nostalgic tendencies is the recent announcement that ultra cool girl Clarissa Darling will appear once again, this time on the pages of a new adult novel. Entertainment Weekly reported back in January that fans of the twenty year old television show Clarissa Explains It All can look forward to checking in on their favorite characters from the show in an upcoming book titled Things I Can’t Explain. While the book will be contemporary with the opportunity to gain interest from a wider audience, the show cannot exist outside of its time since everything about it screams ’90s. And if my friends are any indication, we are eating it up (heads up: pre-orders are available!).

And, finally, I have to mention the revival of the Fear Street novels by R.L. Stine. This series first debuted in 1989 and ran for the next ten years including various spin-offs. Back in 2005, there was a short revival and now the series is back again with a planned six part set of novels. Sure, Goosebumps are still widely read, but I have to believe that using the Fear Street name rather than kicking off a new series of teen horror novels plays into the nostalgia that many of us have. As adults we remember how much fun it was to scare ourselves with these books and we are excited to have that thrill again.

Be sure to check back next week when Katie Shanahan Yu takes a look at YA novels from the ’90s.

– Jessica Lind, currently reading I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Chill Out on National Stress Awareness Day

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:00

In honor of National Stress Awareness Day in the U.S., let’s all take a deep breath…and let it out slowly. For many of us, reading is our go-to method of relaxing. Add a blanket and some tea and the trifecta is complete. But for super-sensitive, empathetic readers, reading a story about a character in peril can actually be very stressful. Sometimes it’s good stress: adrenaline, adventure, and new experiences we crave. Other times we are truly worried and fearful, even if we know certain stories need witnesses.

But are there teen reads that don’t cause too much stress — just fun, chill-out books? Every person’s own comfort reads fall into that category, of course, and “beach reads” tend to skew toward chick lit. Here, I offer a few titles I consider to be low-stress without being too personal or chick-lit-esque:

 

Hope Was Here, by Joan Bauer (2001 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults). Hope moves with her aunt to Mulhoney, Wisconsin to take over a small diner, but finds the owner’s not quite ready to go — in fact, he’s about to run for mayor.

Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman (1998 Best Books for Young Adults). Thirteen voices tell the story of a vacant lot transformed by an urban garden.

Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli (2001 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults). A new girl at Mica High challenges everyone’s definition of “normal,” especially that of the guy who falls for her.

A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck (2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults). Joey and Mary Alice spend rural summers with their “bad influence” of a grandmother. A novel in stories.

Al Capone Does my Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko (2005 Best Books for Young Adults). Moose’s family moves to Alcatraz Island, where his dad has taken a job as a prison guard.

Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan (2005 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults). Jake Semple has been kicked out of so many schools that he finds himself stuck at the homeschool run by the artistic Applewhites.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, by David Lubar (2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults). Scott decides to keep a journal for his as-yet-unborn baby sibling about his freshman year of high school.

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett (2004 Best Books for Young Adults). When Tiffany Aching’s little brother is kidnapped by the Queen of Fairyland, she is determined to save him with the help of the Wee Free Men and her trusty weapon — a frying pan.

What would you add to the list? Chime in below!

–Becky O’Neil, currently reading Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George

Jukebooks: As White As Snow by Salla Simukka

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:00

Readers first met Finnish Lumikki Andersson in the novel, As Red as Blood, when a bag of blood-soaked money led her on a dangerous mission. Now Lumikki is on vacation in Prague, pleased with her cherished solitude, the gorgeous view before her, and the sound of Shirley Manson’s voice as she sings about dark skies and rain. Then a strange girl appears, the same strange girl that Lumikki has seen at several other tourist locations in Prague. Much to Lumikki’s annoyance, the girl approaches. Everything changes when she speaks, however, telling Lumikki: “I think you’re my sister.”

The Shirley Manson song is “Only Happy When It Rains,” recorded in the mid-nineties by Manson and her band, Garbage. The song came together as the band sat around playing acoustic guitars, building on the lyric, “I’m only happy when it rains.” In a 1995 interview with Addicted to Noise (an early online music magazine,) guitarist Steve Marker explained:

It’s really just us poking fun of ourselves… We’re poking fun at the alternatrock angst, wearing your heart on your sleeve thing and at ourselves for writing such dark songs.

The video emphasizes the conscious mimicry of strange and dark themes so prevalent in alternative rock, combined with Garbage’s sly sense of fun.

Diane Colson, currently reading Still Waters by Ash Parsons.

April Showers… Extreme Weather in YA Lit

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 07:00

You know the saying, “April showers bring may flowers!” As we experience some changing weather this month, let’s take a look at some teen novels that center on extreme weather to drive their plots.

 

Tornadoes/Hurricanes

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown (2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers)

How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt (2009 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2009 Best Books for Young Adults)

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi (2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

Empty by Suzanne Weyn

Snow/Ice

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett (2013 Morris Award Finalist)

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston

Trapped by Michael Northrop (2012 Readers Choice List, 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers)

 

Drought

Drought by Pam Bachorz

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher

The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

 

Floods

The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

X Isle by Steve Augarde

Exodus by Julie Bertagna (2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)

 

-Colleen Seisser, currently reading Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Spring Clean Your To-Read List

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 07:00

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If your “want-to-read” list looks anything like mine, it’s hundreds of titles long, and growing by the dozens with every passing month. I can (usually) admit that my list is aspirational, rather than realistic, as there simply are not enough (free) hours to delve into every book that catches my fancy. But recently I’ve started thinking more deeply about how I’m prioritizing what to read next, and because librarians love organizing stuff, I’ve organized my To-Read list into the following categories:

Recommended to me by other readers – this is a new category for me, and it’s pretty much the reason I started rethinking my To-Read list. I spend a lot of professional time and energy making reading recommendations. I feel lucky to do so, take matching readers and materials seriously, and am deeply honored when a reader returns to tell me I hit one out of the park (baseball season = baseball metaphors!). But I was also starting to feel a bit uncomfortable with the number of times I had to tell a reader – someone who has trusted my judgement and listened to my assessment of many books – that I hadn’t read the book they were now recommending to me, and even more uncomfortable knowing that unless I drastically rearranged my reading list, the odds of me having read that book the next time I spoke with that reader were pretty slim. What are the readers who come to me to ask for a recommendation, if not fellow bookworms?! I felt like I needed to do a better job of honoring their trust in my recommendations by trusting – and prioritizing – theirs. This has already introduced me to serious reading treasure, and vastly deepened my understanding of some of my most avid readers and their tastes.

Book Club Picks – I organize a book club for patrons at my library, and I participate in three others. Two meet monthly, and the other two less frequently, so it’s roughly 35 books a year to keep up with! These are priority reads for the obvious reason that I can’t be a very good book club participant without having read the book, and also because these book clubs are important to me. Scheduling conflicts mean I miss some meetings every year, and sometimes I do attend without finishing the chosen book (with the full understanding that I will be hearing spoilers!), but I fiercely believe in reading as a social activity. Sure, the act of reading is often best enjoyed in solitude, but as soon as I’ve finished something I want to talk to someone about it! Plus, as someone now in her fourth city in ten years, my book clubs have been an important way to meet fellow bookworms.

Reading Challenges and Goals – Whether community challenges, like The Hub’s Reading Challenge, which I’m now participating in for the third year in a row (11 books to go!), or personal goals (like reading through all the Nebula Award winners to broaden my sci-fi exposure, and re-reading from my own high school and college required reading lists, which has continually yielded surprising results), reading challenges broaden the scope of my reading, keep me reading books published a long time ago that might otherwise stay at the bottom of the To-Read List, and activate the goal-oriented (slightly competitive) part of me, keeping me motivated through titles I may not have chosen otherwise.

Professional Reading – I can’t realistically read everything I purchase for my library, but I do make an effort to read a lot of it, so I can speak from personal experience when a reader asks me about something new on our shelves.

Personal Reading – They’re all my personal picks, really, since I choose to participate in all of the aforementioned categories, but these are the ones purely about my interests. If Ann Patchett publishes something new, I drop everything and schedule an afternoon to get lost in it. Ditto Maggie Stiefvater (come on, The Raven King!! September can’t get here fast enough). This is also the category where books I’ve purchased but not yet read go. They’re taunting me from my bookshelf; I must attend to them!

So these are the categories I settled on (for now; I’m excited to see what ideas come in in the comments!), and then I made 5 different lists (on different colored paper, because color-coding makes everything better, right?) and started dividing my to-read list into the appropriate categories. There are duplicates; some books show up in more than one category, which is something I used to keep track of in my head and now appreciate the visual cue that I should really get to that book sooner than later!

I still use Goodreads for a catch-all To-Read list (and I certainly don’t have everything from that gargantuan stockpile on my color-coded sheets!), but what I also have now is a very tactile, colorful, categorized set of lists. I added approximate dates to the recommendations from patrons, so I can see that when a dear colleague loaned me a copy of something she thought I’d love last year, it’s time to move her book to the front of the line. And I’m cycling through the 5 lists regularly, so I’m not getting burnt out on any one kind of reading, or neglecting any one category for too long, but if I’m really in the mood for a certain genre or format, I can always stay with one list for awhile.

So that’s been my Spring Cleaning reading project lately.

Do you have a special way to track how you’re deciding what to read next? A system for making the never-ending onslaught of new materials seem more manageable? I’d love to hear how you’re organizing your To-Read list in the comments!


-Carly Pansulla, currently reading Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

Read it in One Rainy Day

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 07:00

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Now that Spring feels finally here – the giant snow pile out my north of Boston apartment finally melted – I feel the need for a different kind of book. Like many of you, different seasons of the year make me want different kinds of books. In the winter I like to hunker down with a long, multi-book series and summer brings the annual “beach” reads and the time where I sneak some adult fiction into YA-to-read pile. The return of school in the fall makes me gravitate towards the boarding school story but what about spring?

When it starts to get warmer, it’s easy to ditch the book to head outside to enjoy the not so cold evenings. Breaking my winter hibernation born of cold weather, feet upon feet of snow, makes my concentration wander so I tend to turn to books that I can read in a day or two. There’s nothing like starting and finishing a book on rainy spring day to make you feel accomplished but not overwhelmed.

Here’s a list of recent books I’ve read in a day or maybe two or three. Many are graphic novels which I find great for my spring distraction.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2015 Caldecott and Printz honors): This book does an amazing job of presenting a chapter in the lives of two friends. They are growing up but also apart from the friendship that they thought wouldn’t change. The gorgeous and evocative art, done in shades of blue, makes you long for summer but also revel in whatever weather you’re in, letting you melt into the page.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley (2015 Great Graphic Novel for Teens): The bright colors of the art and acceleration of the plot makes this a great one day read. You will get sucked in by Katie’s seemingly perfect way to get rid of her mistakes – the magic mushrooms that allow her to fix anything – and tearing through the book as fast as you can as all of her changed mistakes come back to haunt her at the end.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan: While this does have the school drama I like to read during the fall, it also has a perfect balance of humor and real issues. Leila struggles with her sexuality and the charms of the Saskia, a femme fatale you love to hate. There’s so much to like and admire in Leila; she’s someone relatable while being someone you wish you could be friends with. The romance that develops between her and a friend is sweet, satisfying, and real.

When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (2015 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award): You might need a rainy day and a half to finish this one, but it will be worth it. Reynolds’ characters react so realistically to everyday that you will appreciate the honesty of the story of three teen boys in Brooklyn going to a party, getting in a fight, and the consequences of those few hours. A winning story with warmth and humor.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira: Featuring a plot that starts with the mystery of what happened the night when Laurel’s sister May died, this book hooks you with Laurel’s letters to dead celebrities and artists. As you learn more and more details of her life and read as she pours out secrets to people who will never hear them, you might find that you’ve been sitting reading all day.

Young Avenger Omnibus by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie: Perfect for a rainy day of laying around and wondering what it would be like if superheroes were on Instagram. Seriously, that happens in this collection. When an alien forces its way in our dimension it’s up to the Young Avengers, some of whom are related to other, more established Avengers, to save the day. Not only is this book fun and features great art, but the characters represent ethnic and LTGBQ diversity.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson: This is another book, like This One Summer, that hits that poignant, middle school friendship sweet spot for me. When Astrid falls in love with roller derby and decides to do a summer camp about the sport and her best friend Nicole does dance, Astrid has to learn how to be on her own. Working through friendships and trying new things, this is such a wonderful book for readers.

Any other books you can finish in a rainy day that you’d recommend? Or does Spring make you want to read some other kind of books?

-Anna Tschetter, currently reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

The Monday Poll: National Library Week

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 23:55

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we celebrated baseball season with a poll asking you to choose your favorite baseball book in YA lit. Heat by Mike Lupica hit a home run with 30% of the vote, closely followed by Steve Kluger’s My Most Excellent Year, with 23%. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

This week, we have another reason to celebrate: it’s National Library Week! Let’s hear about your favorite fictional library. Which one would you visit? Choose from the options below, or suggest another in the comments.

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2015 Hub Reading Challenge Check-In #9

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 07:00

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 9 counts, so sign up now!

How’s the reading going? I’ve got 11 finished, 2 more in-progress, and one waiting to start that just arrived from the library. I’ll still be tight to finish within the timeframe, but I’m feeling good overall.

Do you have any favorites emerging from those you’ve read? I don’t know if I have an overall favorite. I do know that both The Family Romanov and Half Bad have really stuck with me, and that The Crossover made me ache with both the beauty of the structure and the sadness of the story at the end of it (since it also won the Newbery Medal, I’m not surprised!). I know that I’ve been checking out the Great Graphic Novels, both because they go quickly and because I don’t generally read them on my own, and I haven’t found one that I LOVE yet, so I need to read more of those as I’m selecting books to get 25 in. And I know that I’m particularly enjoying savoring All the Light We Cannot See right now, since it’s a book that was already on my need-to-read list for this year, before I knew it was an Alex Award winner. What stories do you have to share about the books that have stuck with you so far?

Check in with how you’re doing, and find out what other Challenge readers are enjoying by commenting on the weekly check-in posts or participating on social media. You can use the hashtag #hubchallenge to post updates on Twitter or check out the 2015 Goodreads Hub Reading Challenge group.

As you all know, you have until 11:59 PM EST on June 21st to finish at least 25 challenge books (here’s the full list of eligible titles).   If you haven’t already, don’t forget to post the Participant’s Badge on your blog, website, or email signature, and, as always, if you have any questions or problems, let us know in the comments or via email.

If you are a particularly fast reader and have already completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list of eligible books, be sure to fill out the form below so we can send you your Challenge Finisher badge, get in touch to coordinate your reader’s response and, perhaps best of all, to notify you if you win our exciting grand prize drawing! Be sure to use an email you check frequently and do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.

 

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