Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Graphic Novels That Read Like Memoirs
Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
This graphic novel maps out three individual plotlines:
A Monkey King sheds his humble roots and is revered as a god.
A child of Chinese Americans struggles to fit in at school.
A popular basketball player's life is interrupted by the arrival of his cousin.
At first, these stories seem unconnected - until they converge at the end in a stroke of brilliance.
Book Talk Ideas for Middle School
Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white school. His cartoons demonstrate his struggles to fit into his new surroundings...
Boyfriend List: (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
Ruby Oliver's life is in crisis. She lost her best friends, her boyfriend and the respect of her peers in two weeks time. Can she turn things around?
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Zoe longs for a piano, but her father buys her an organ instead. Her mother is constantly at work, her father is afraid to leave the house, and a boy from her school keeps following her home from school every day. So her life isn't perfect - or is it?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Can Greg and his best friend Rowley survive the horrors of middle school? Can they face bullies, girls who act like aliens, and - worst of all - the 'Cheese?'
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Alternating chapters tell the story from Juli and then Bryce's point of view. From the moment she first lays eyes on Bryce, Juli is hooked. But her efforts to get to know him all seem to backfire.
Gifted by Beth Evangelista
A trip to camp turns into a journey of discovery for this "gifted" young man.
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Martin has a big mouth, and always manages to say just the thing to upset his father, teacher or principal - but could this be a gift?
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
Kirsten's parents are barely speaking to each other, and her best friend has fallen under the spell of the school's queen bee. Walker is the only African American student at Kirsten's all-white private school. When Kirsten and Walker become friends and discover a secret, the results are life-changing.
The Isabel Factor by Gayle Friesen
A realistic story of friendship and coming of age.
Notes From A Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko
It's hard to be the middle child, sandwiched between two perfect sisters. So, from time to time, Anotonia stretches the truth.
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Organized and artistically talented Catherine creates a series of rules to help her autistic younger brother.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Capricorn Anderson is relocated from the hippie commune where he has spent all of his life and sent to public middle school.
Shug by Jenny Han
Between Mark, her best friend who seems increasingly more attractive and Jack, her arch-nemisis who keeps bugging her, 12-year-old Annemarie is feeling confused.
Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time by Lisa Yee
Stanford Wong is a talented basketball player. He doesn't want his friends to know that he failed English... or that he's being tutored by Millicent Min.
That Girl Lucy Moon by Amy Timberlake
In elementary school, everyone knew Lucy Moon, school activist. That was before she started middle school, her mother disappeared and her activist activities started to backfire...
Friday, October 12, 2007
31 Flavors of Authors for Teens
Throughout the month of October, teenager girls can chat with a different author every day! This project is co-sponsored by YALSA.
To learn more, please visit: http://www.readergirlz.com/
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Up on my soapbox again
In many ways, teenagers are still an "afterthought" at the library. We don't know how to deal with their behavior, or meet their developmental needs.
When we do invest in teenagers, it is in programs like "Gaming" which we think will prove how technologically savvy and cool we are, rather than in the programs that teens have actually requested.
And what have they requested? Well, I did a survey of teenagers at an inner-city branch, and my 20 respondents (mostly male) asked for:
- Job orientation skills, including how to write a resume and fill out online applications.
- How to apply for college, including choosing a college, financial aid and course schedules.
- Parenting programs for teen parents - and yes, both teen mothers and fathers were interested.
- Artistic pursuits, like how to pursue a career in film making or photography, how to cut a record or how to be a graphic designer.
- How to design your own website or blog, which could be the start of a career in business or journalism
With this in mind, here are some teen programs that I would like to see offered at the library:
1.) Who, What, Where, When, How: The Essentials of Online Journalism
2.) Show Me the Money: Career, college and tech school information, including Internet job sites
3.) Dress for Success: Resume writing, interview skills and cover letters
4.) Men of Power: Martin Luther King and other real-life heroes - what can we learn from their lives?
Other things which I think are more practical for teens that I come into contact with every day at the library are:
- Internet safety ("Honey, please don't tell that stranger you met online where you live.")
- Research skills ("Wikipedia might not be your best source. Here are some online databases with articles.")
We could invite experts to come in from the community and provide programs like:
- Car restoration and repair
- Digital photography
- GED prep
If we truly are committed to teenagers at our libraries, we need to focus our efforts on equipping teens with the information that they need, and the skills they need to access their information.
We should stop trying to be cool. They know we aren't cool; we are librarians. If they want cool, they will go somewhere else. They are here at the library because they want information.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Teen T-Shirt Decorating program
Monday, February 12, 2007
Three awesome authors from Australia
I have recently been very impressed by the creativity and insights of three Australian authors.
1.) In Barry Jonsberg's recent book Am I Right or Am I Right? its protagonist, Calma, refers to her mother as "The Fridge" because the two of them communicate primarily through notes left on the refrigerator door. Early on in the book, Calma warns the reader about “unreliable narrators,” and makes no promise to be completely objective herself. This book made me laugh in the same way as Susan Juby’s
2.) All three of Jacyln Moriarty's books are innovative in format. In her first book, Saving Celia, the narrator receives imaginary letters from different associations, commenting on her progress on running, romance and living up to the teenage prototype.
Her second book, Year of Secret Assignments, is shared through emails, diary entries and letters back and forth between the students of two rival schools. The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie, third in the series, juggles a variety of formats, diary entries, personal memos and emails, to name a few.
3.) Melina Marchetta’s second book, Saving Francesca, also caught my eye. The characterization is spot-on, the pop culture references are hilarious and the voice of the protagonist, despite her attempts to fade into the background, is undeniably strong.