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From ’round the web…YALSA wants Teen Bloggers!

YALSA HUBCHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s ya lit blog, The Hub.  Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

Blog posts written by the teen bloggers to be featured during the week of October 12 -18 in celebration of Teen Read Week.  Selected participants will be notified in August.  More details and guidelines about the contest are on the Teen Read Week website under the Teen Corner tab.  Teen Read Week is slated for Oct. 12 -18 this year with the theme Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by YALSA.  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

The Hub launched in 2011 in order to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards.  Librarians, library workers, YA literature enthusiasts and teens create the content.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA visit the website, call, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail.

If you’re gonna write for them, might as well write for Push to Talk, too, right?!?  Give us your best manga (book/tv/movie/play) review, send it to us, we’d love to give you your own blog post right here!

YALSA's Teens Top Ten!

Teens Top TenLooking for something awesome to read?  Want some advice?  From other teens?

YALSA has announced its official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten list, a “teen choice” selection of favorite books—published the previous year—chosen by teens for teens. Voting for the list took place from August through October. There were 28 nominees for the list, chosen by kids in 16 different teen book groups in school and public libraries around the country.

And the winners are:

Trans Characters in YA Lit

An interesting interview with author Ellen Wittlinger on transgendered teens in YA Literature.


Cracking the Hub: Stargazing Dog, Bomb & Daredevil

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline!
 The 22nd book I read was, Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami.
Stargazing Dog made it onto the Great Graphic Novels for Teens this year.  It is the story of a dog who is adopted by a young girl, and the changes he sees his family go through over the years.  His “daddy” – the one who takes him for walks and talks to him – goes through a crisis which leads to a long road trip to Northern Japan on dwindling resources.
Even weeks after finishing the book I’m still thinking over how the themes of friendship, death, poverty, homelessness, family, and loyalty were seamlessly woven into this short graphic novel: this thought-provoking story portrays a side of homelessness from the point of view of a loyal pet, and those who read it will likely find themselves more empathetic to the situations of all members of the community.  Also, if you’re following local events, it’s interesting to first read this story set in a different country and then read local news reports about homelessness in the Seattle Community. Continue reading

Cracking the Hub: Annie Sullivan, The Round House & Juvenile in Justice

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline.  The nineteenth book I read for the Challenge was Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert.

No doubt we all have heard about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.  They made education history when Annie Sullivan was able to break through into Helen Keller’s world, introduce her to language, and help her communicate with others.  As one of the Great Graphic Novels of the year we see this transformation, in pictures with few words, from the perspective of Annie Sullivan.
It’s been awhile since I learned about Helen Keller and her teacher.  Most of what I have learned until this point was about Helen Keller herself.  This graphic novel puts more emphasis on who Annie Sullivan was, her challenges growing up, her forthright personality that made living in the South difficult, and her attachment to her student and companion Helen Keller.  This was a fascinating read and thoroughly explores what it must have felt like for them both along their journey. Continue reading

Cracking the Hub: Trinity, Prom & Prejudice, Spiderman

I finished The Hub Challenge  just before the deadline.  The sixteenth book I read for the Challenge was Trinity by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm.
Unsurprisingly, Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb is on the list of 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. This is a history of the first atomic bomb in graphic novel format. The author does an amazing job of explaining some of the science behind the bomb. What I found most interesting though was how through the graphic novel you could see how the scientists just wanted to see if something COULD be done, but after the bomb was used, started to ponder whether it SHOULD have been done.
Verdict – the excellent graphics and writing explain in a simple way the science behind the atomic bomb.  This is one book that shouldn’t be missed. Continue reading

Cracking the Hub: Dodger, Struts & Frets and more

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I finished The Hub Challenge  just before the deadline! 

The next three titles I read to finish the challenge are: Dodger, Struts and Frets, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett was a 2013 Printz Honor Book about a guttersnipe living in Victorian-Era London.  He makes a living my being a “tosher”Dodger – someone who walks through the sewers of London picking up anything of value that has washed down the drains.  One night he emerges from the sewer to see a young girl trying to escape from two thugs, and he rescues her.  Now Dodger is on a mission.  He is going to make sure she’s safe from whoever is after her.  That determination brings him into contact with “peelers” (police), journalists (most notably Charles Dickens who I liked much more in this book than by anything I’ve ever read BY him), Sweeney Todd (the murderous barber), and Queen Victoria.

This is one of my favorite books of this challenge.  Once I put it down I wished I could immediately pick up another adventure with good old Dodger at the helm.  He’s charismatic, honorable (despite his best intentions), people smart, and full of adventure.  I had seen this book mentioned by librarians all over the country as a favorite.  I just hadn’t been motivated to pick it up to read for myself until this challenge.  I waited too long.  This is one exceptional read. 
What do you think – if the underbelly of London society had a yearbook, what would they write about good ole Dodger?