News: An overview of upcoming posts!

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This term, instead of taking YA Materials (that term, and therefore that class, is over), I’m taking Reader’s Advisory and Materials for Older Children. As part of my Materials for Older Children class, I have to read two books per week and e-mail the prof with a short, 2-3 line response to each book (to prove I’ve read them, I suppose?). So far I’ve read a few absolutely fantastic books, and one dud (mostly because I hadn’t been aware that it was a sequel until I started the book, and then it took me long enough to get what was going on that I had lost any fascination with the book that I’d started with). I’ll be posting my (short) responses to the books, plus a reading map (hosted on a separate blog) to this blog, as I am hoping that I’ll be able to sustain this blog.

See you soon!

On Teen Writers

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This is my last official blog post of the term. And I’ll admit it–I’m taking the easy way out. In a previous post, I shared the Teen Writing Toolbox, a static blog created by myself and two of my classmates. We researched and presented on enabling and encouraging teens to write. We highlighted several types of writing, some workshops that librarians can organize to create spaces for teens to practice and share their writing, some resources for both writing help and for publishing, and some examples of teens and young adults who actually made it big and published a book while they were still young.

So this is my blog post on teen writers.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian COverI liked the sheer honesty of Alexie’s writing. Arnold Spirit (Junior) is in for a bad year, a year that starts when he decides to switch from his reservation’s high school to the all-white high school in the nearby town, a move that means that he has taken a step towards a future off rez. To the rez, he becomes a traitor. To the white high school, he’s the odd man out.  Continue reading

Ash

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Ash Cover

This was exactly the fairytale I wanted. I had never read Ash before, but after finishing Sabriel, this was the perfect follow-up. Lo’s prose makes the story seem like a dream; unlike other books, it is difficult to predict what might happen next because the entire experience feels like floating on a river, going wherever the current takes you.  Continue reading

Sabriel

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Sabriel Book CoverI first picked up Sabriel and its sequel Lirael at a conference in Victoria, BC at the age of twelve. My mother knew me so well–I ran out of books during my one week trip and I was allowed to buy them at the bookstore on the campus where I was staying. I bought the final book in the series, Abhorsen, when it was released in paperback. My copy of Sabriel is rather worn.

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