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YA Round-up

Hello, readers. I’m considering moving this semi-regular feature over to the CLASY blog in the near future. The focus of my blog may be changing soon and I think the YA Round-up might be better suited for the CLASY readership. As much as I love YA, I think I want to start using this space to explore broader issues of youth librarianship and collections. What do you think? 

But for now … onto the latest links round-up. Here are a few interesting YA-related links which caught my eye  over the last week or so.

  • CLASY’s going to Halifax. Canadian Libraries Are Serving Youth (CLASY) are hosting a pre-conference event at the CLA national conference in Halifax.
  • Canadian book review journal Resource Links has released its “Best of” list for 2010. Scroll down to find their picks for top Fiction Grades 7 – 12 and Non-Fiction Grades 7 – 12.
  • YA Library UK discusses Creating a Teen Offer without Staff or a Budget, the first post in their On a Shoestring series.
  • YA Librarian Sarah shares some nuggets of wisdom as she celebrates Two Years on the Job.
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the finalists for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
  • Finals Service: Illinois Library Association’s YA blog/newsletter on designing teen programing around exam time.
  • Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen was named the winner of the inaugural CBC’s Bookies award in the YA category, beating out nominees Plain Kate, Mockingjay, The Secret Fiend, and The Awakening.

YA Round-up

Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts in 2011.  January was a horribly bad month for me. I don’t even want to talk about it. I’m slowly crawling out of my funk and trying to get back into the blogging spirit.

It’s time for another YA links round-up!

  • Getting the Stink Eye in the YA section? This YA brochure idea is kind of awesome (link via @YAaddict).
  • Speaking of the TD National Reading Summit, you can access the High School/Post Secondary Working Group’s Report here. I really wanted to attend but since I was not eligible for funding from my employer and I had just attended the CLASY Libraries and Teen workshop in Ottawa out of my own pocket, I just couldn’t justify the expense.

YA Roundup

I apologize to my readers for neglecting this blog. I’ve been really busy with work (I took on a short term contract to supplement my library job), volunteer commitments, allergic reactions, and holiday parties. Oh boy!

It’s time for another YA links round-up. Some are a few weeks old now (sorry!) but I hope you will find them as interesting as I did:

  • There was an excellent interview with Suzanne Collins, author of The Huger Games trilogy in the Huffington Post recently. It’s well worth reading.
  • GreenBeanTeenQueen on running a Teen Library Council. I personally found this post very helpful as I’m thinking about starting a TRAC (Teen Reader’s Advisory Committee) at the library I work at.
  • is a new writing community for teens. It’s a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, both on their computers and on their cellphones. Check out this article about it from the New York Times.  It sounds quite similiar to the Canadian-based Wattpad, which has a sizeable community of teenaged writers.
  • Today, the Free Technology for Teachers blog highlighted a resource called Own Your Space, a free, ebook for tweens and teens on how to protect themselves and their stuff online. I’ve only had time to browse through it quickly, but it looks to be a very comprehensive and informative resource.  I really like the anime-style artwork.

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Here are some interesting YA-related links which caught my attention this week:

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Here are some interesting YA-related links which caught my attention this week:

  • In last week’s Roundup, I posted a few links to advice for librarians on how to help LGBT teens. Here’s another excellent post: Five simple steps librarians can take to make it better.
  • YA Highway shares a few sneaky photos from the YA section at a Quebec City bookstore. Find out the French title for Twilight.
  • Blogging for a Good Book shares a list of Zombie Fiction, including several YA titles.

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Lots of links to share this week.

  • Vampire Books May be Altering Teen Minds. This one’s a few weeks old now but still worth sharing. reports that books like Twilight could be affecting the teenage brain in ways scientists don’t yet understand.


Over the past week, many bloggers have weighed in on the recent GLBT-related teen suicides in the U.S. Here are a few posts which offer advice on how libraries can help GLBT teens.

All of these posts mention online initiatives inspired by these recent tragedies, including Ellen Degeneres’ powerful YouTube video on bullying and the It Gets Better and Make It Better video campaigns.

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Here are some interesting YA-related links which caught my attention this week:

  • Over at LaineyGossip, Duana blogs about the Indigo Teen Reads Awards.
  • H.B. Fenn and Company Ltd. is having a  Teen Read Awards giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is answer the question, “What is your favourite YA book?” in the comment section on their Facebook page. The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, October 8th.
  • Cory Doctorow live chatted with the CBC Book Club this week. You can check out the full transcript here.
  • Librarian Karen Jensen’s Top Teens Trends poster inspired a lot of discussion on the YALSA-bk listserv this week.
  • Banned Book Week is wrapping up in the U.S. and the latest book to come under fire is The Hunger Games. A mother has asked for it to be removed from a New Hampshire school library because of “violent subject matter.”  Er, sounds to me like she’s completely missed the book’s message.
  • There’s a new The Great Gatsby movie in the works and Baz Luhrmann is slated to direct.  The Great Gatsby has been one of  my personal all-time favourite novels since first reading it in high school. Is it still required reading these days? I hope so!

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I’m still in the middle of moving, but thought I’d take a break to share a few interesting YA Lit-related links that have come across my desk in the last week or so.

  • “Yeah, I’m an EA Librarian.”: EA stands for Emerging Adult. Emily Brown muses on literature for those in their 20s, which is now starting to be recognized as “a discrete neurological stage in the development of human life.”
  • YA Book Banned: A school in Stockton, MO has banned The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from the curriculum and the school’s library.

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A few links to YA news and other posts from around the blogosphere that caught my eye this week:

  • The Romance Writers of America named their RITA Award winners this weekend. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles was declared the winner in the Young Adult category.
  • Text Appeal: Great piece by Olga Nesi in SLJ on teaching kids to use appeal terms to describe why they liked a book.
  • I also discovered Tamora Pierce’s list of current Science Fiction for Teens. An awesome resource for someone like me who is not well-read in SF.

YA Awards News

Here’s some YA award news that’s come my way over the last week or so:

  • Fire by Kristin Cashore has been named the winner of the 2010 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for YA Fiction. Finalists included Marcelo in the Real World, The Monstrumologist, North of Beautiful, and The Sweetheart of Prosper County.
  • Australia’s 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for the YA Category was announced recently. There’s a ton of great YA coming out of Australia these days. Why not give some of these books a try?