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Coming of Age Online: Social Media in YA Literature Teens today are coming of age in an environment saturated with social media, so it’s no surprise it’s featured prominently in the plots of many young adult novels. When I started noticing a trend of books that explore the impact that social media has on the lives of teens, I decided it would be interesting to compile a list showcasing the various ways that teens’ use of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other social media are depicted in young adult literature. Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girls series is inventive in structure and form, but the story of girls chatting online and communicating in a virtual space is also groundbreaking in the way it examines the social lives of teens. TTYL was a 2005 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and the fourth installment in the series, YOLO, is due out this year. Two other recent publications also explore internet culture.

14 YA Restagings of Classic Works of Literature With the recent success of Danielle Paige’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz adaptation Dorothy Must Die, YA retelling of classic works of literature have jumped on the market radar. April also saw the release of Great, comedian Sara Benincasa’s gender-bending adaption of The Great Gatsby, and in Maay, Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s oceanside story Second Star, gives us the story of Peter Pan through a modern 17-year-old Wendy’s eyes. Though it seems like the YA community is now buzzing with these books, it’s certainly not a new trend. Even aside from fairy tales, many classic works of literature are being modernized.

75 Of The Coolest Librarians To Follow On Twitter Librarians have gotten a bad rap in the past, represented as bookwormish and ‘uncool’. But the fact is that today, librarians are really beginning to build up a name for themselves with their deep knowledge base and their access to huge stores of information. And social media has made it easier than ever to connect with librarians that are far beyond the norm. What's New in YA - The Official YABC Blog Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases! Stella Cross's heart is poisoned. 19 Young Adult Authors To Follow On Instagram Give your Instagram stream a literary makeover with this definitive list of young adult authors whose accounts you should be following. No seriously, go follow them and thank us later. If you like your InstaGs with a side of snark, then make sure to give these authors’ pics a double tap. Sara Benincasa

Top Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015 It’s pretty early for me to think about new releases coming out this year since many new books are released in the fall. But I do love sharing what new books I’m waiting for and there are quite a few that are published this summer. I love waiting for new releases and as I have three Chapters gift cards to spend, this will be an excellent opportunity to look at books that I would like to pre-order. 1. The Invasion of the Tearling by Ericka Johansen: Featured as one of my Waiting for Wednesday posts, this sequel is one of my most anticipated summer reads! Quintessential summer reads I've realized something about my reading habits: once the days start growing longer and we all emerge from the winter doldrums, I read any book I can find with the word "summer" in the title. And that's what I keep reading all summer long. It's no surprise why: I grew up in a summer resort town; with the warm weather came my summer friends and my summer jobs. From Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, I basically got to live a whole different life, and now I love books with characters who get to do the same. My recent summer reads have included: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (I reread it every year...that's my actual pool-soaked, sun-faded, dog-eared copy!)

YALSA's Book Awards & Booklists Looking for great teen books? Look no further than YALSA's Book Awards and Selected Booklists. While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families. Best Books 2014: Nonfiction June 9, 2015 School Library Journal The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens Best Books 2014: Nonfiction Recent Posts Regional Branch Manager and Circulation Services Manager The 10 Best Book-Related Instagram Accounts This blog post was way harder to put together than I’d ever anticipated. I knew I’d have no trouble putting together a list of 10—there are a lot of book-related feeds out there that I love. Then we spent a week asking for nominations via captions in 6 different Instagram posts, and boy, you are all super passionate about this as well! We received mentions of 70 total accounts from 111 nominations.

Best Young Adult Books For Grown-Ups In honor of National Support Teen Literature Day, we've collected the best books to pick up if you're in the mood for a little young adult lit. YA has only gotten more popular in the seven years since The Hunger Games came out in 2008. Blockbuster adaptations of stand-alone novels and series like The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, and Divergent have made YA familiar even to those who haven't picked up a book written for teens since they were a teen themselves. But just because the box office is dominated by dystopian landscapes and John Green doesn't mean that's all YA has to offer.

A Guide to YA Novels with LGBTQ Characters Queer characters in young adult fiction are hardly ubiquitous; the majority of books still feature cisgender, heterosexual characters. But a growing number of young adult novels feature characters that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. They are moving beyond traditional coming out stories, and it’s becoming more common to see these characters in fantasy or sci-fi or for stories to feature characters with ambiguous identities. Some of these novels are explicitly marketed as LGBTQ books, and it’s easy to tell from the synopsis or book jacket that a novel features queer characters, but other times you might never know without reading the book. While it’s important for readers who seek these types of stories to be able to discover them, it’s also valuable for readers to encounter them in stories with conflicts or plots that don’t revolve around the character’s identity. * The original post has been changed to correct an error.

The Ubiquitous Librarian June 10, 2015, 1:56 pm By Brian Mathews June 8, 2015, 1:55 pm Carrie Donovan A few weeks ago I heard Carrie Donovan (Head of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University Libraries ) give a keynote address at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference. Here are the slides from her talk: Shaking up the Sediment: Re-energizing Pedagogical Practice while Avoiding Bottle Shock.

Young Adult Book Reviews Genre: Historical Fiction # of Pages: 293 RAC: Yes Margaretha lives on her father’s estate in Germany and knows she must choose a suitor to marry soon. When a man named Claybrook comes and begins to woo her she thinks he might be the one, but then an injured man is brought to the healer’s cottage from England. She is one of the few people around who knows English and she translates what he’s saying.

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