If you feel that you are out of touch with your teen patrons, then this professional programming book could help you get back that loving feeling. TheIf you feel that you are out of touch with your teen patrons, then this professional programming book could help you get back that loving feeling. The major premise of this book is to really consider current popular teen culture in your library decisions. Whether you are re-decorating a space, making purchases for the teen collection, or trying to create new programs for teens, it is important to understand what they actually want, not just what you think they want. While going by what is popular is important, the authors do point out that you will still miss out on sub-sets of your patrons. Make sure to know your own patrons by consulting, or maybe creating, a Teen Advisory Board, or even just putting a survey on your website. The book is organized by discussing library foundations and basics, such as the history of teen service and collection development. Then, there are several varieties of newer programs that are not just focused on books, such as cooking, crafting, gaming, and physical activity programs. Whether you decide to read this book from cover to cover, or are just searching for specific program ideas, this book is definitely deserves a look through. It is highly recommended for those professionals looking for ways to refresh their teen services. ...more
In his authorial debut, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton sends a strong anti-bullying message. The Boy with Pink Hair was born that way. His parents hadIn his authorial debut, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton sends a strong anti-bullying message. The Boy with Pink Hair was born that way. His parents had normal hair color, but his just somehow came out pink. His parents loved him anyways, and still encouraged him to follow his dreams, which included cooking delicious food, and dying it pink. When he started school, a Boy with a Bad Attitude made fun of him because his hair was a different color. However, a Girl with a Ponytail liked his hair and became his friend. One day at school, there was a crisis in the cafeteria. The Boy with the Pink Hair got to show off his talents and cooked for the entire school with help from the other kids. At the end of the book, the Boy with a Bad Attitude had a good attitude, and introduced his dad, a famous businessman. The dad wanted to use the food in his restaurants, and everyone was happy.
While the message in portrayed in this picture book about acceptance is very valuable, this picture book does not necessarily do the best job of showcasing it. There are too many themes and lessons featured in the short span of this book. There are themes of acceptance, following your dreams, and being a good friend. If the author just focused on one of those themes, the book would be much more powerful. As it stands,there is just lesson overload which causes the plot to be non-linear and confusing to younger readers. There is just too much text on the pages, which could be daunting for those used to shorter picture books. The illustrations are quite delightful, though. The characters are very cartoonish with expressive eyes and vivid color palette will brighten everyone's day. While this book has a strong message, it needs paring down to reinforce that message. It is recommended as an additional purchase for readers in grades K-2. ...more
This enchanting picture book will surely be on many of the Best Children's Picture Books lists. It is absolutely stunning. Its creator, William Joyce,This enchanting picture book will surely be on many of the Best Children's Picture Books lists. It is absolutely stunning. Its creator, William Joyce, is mostly known for his work on animated childrens' films and TV programs, such as Toy Story and Rolie Polie Olie.
Joyce opens this tale by explaining how everyone knows the Guardians of Childhood, who include Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Man in the Moon (MiM), and other familiar figures. This tale explains how the Man in the Moon came into his role. As a baby, he lived with his adoring parents aboard a spaceship named the Moonbot. At night, the ship turned into the Moon, which is how he got his name. He had a devoted friend named Nightlight who also watched over him and protected him from nightmares. However, they had an enemy: Pitch, the King of Nightmares. He attacked the Moonbot, and killed MiM's parents. Nightlight gave his life to keep MiM safe. He grew up on the moon, watching over Earth. When he turned into an adult, he decided he needed the keep the children safe from nightmares, like his friend Nightlight had done for him. Thus, he recruited fellow guardians, formed the Guardians of Childhood, and began to help diminish the dark dreams of children.
The illustrations are just magical. They are rendered in mixed multimedia. The materials used for the illustrations help to set the tone for that section of the story. For example, in the beginning of the story, when MiM's parents are alive, the color palette is very vibrant. There are cheerful blues, sunny yellows, and touches of gold everywhere. However, when Pitch is shown, Joyce switches to stark pen and ink illustrations. The lines in these are straighter, which indicates a fierceness. Later, there are more muted palettes when MiM is alone, and sad. Yet as things get better, the bright colors return. Joyce just has so much detail in all of his illustrations. The reader will always find something new to marvel at. This is sure to become an instant bedtime classic. This picture book is highly recommended for readers in grades K-2. ...more
If you are going to read just one YA dystopian novel that is not the Hunger Games , then I highly recommend this novel. By the end of it, you barelyIf you are going to read just one YA dystopian novel that is not the Hunger Games , then I highly recommend this novel. By the end of it, you barely be able to stand the wait for the second novel in this new trilogy. In Beatrice's dystopian Chicago, her community is divided into five factions, and each faction values and cultivates a particular trait of humanity that is deemed important. They are Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. On Choosing day, all 16 year-olds must decide which faction they would like to devote the rest of their lives to. There is a diagnostic test given at school to help each student make this decision, because if you decide to leave the faction you were raised in, you are leaving behind your family. Faction before blood is a motto of the society. During Beatrice's test, there is a problem. She is Divergent, which means she can fit into more than one of the factions. She is told not to tell anyone, because it is dangerous to be Divergent. Beatrice ultimately chooses to leave her faction of Abnegation, and moves to Dauntless, where she must undergo a rigorous and dangerous initiation. There, she also discovers a plot to use the Dauntless as mindless soldiers to overthrow the current government. She has very difficult decisions to make, and is shouldered with an enormous responsibility that will change her life, and the current rules of the society, forever.
Roth has penned a thrilling and captivating novel. What makes this dystopian YA novel stand out among the several recent releases is the strength of the world-building, and the plot itself. I really like how Roth incorporates aspect of Chicago as we know it into her futuristic setting. The fact that the El is still a main method of transportation provides an anchor for readers to latch onto when imaging the setting in their minds. Incorporating modern truths makes the story more believable and enjoyable for the reader. As for the plot, I thoroughly enjoyed the thought that went behind the details in the initiation process for the Dauntless. This was an action-packed story, and while yes, there was a little romance, that was not the main focus of the plot, which is a nice change from the recent YA trend of romance. Young adult readers will be able to identify with Beatrice’s troubles about making important decisions, since this is a point in their lives when they also have many important decisions to make. I highly recommend this novel for readers in grades 9-12....more
This poignant tale about a supposed hate crime in a small North Carolinian town is not for faint-hearted readers. 16-year old Cat must finally come ouThis poignant tale about a supposed hate crime in a small North Carolinian town is not for faint-hearted readers. 16-year old Cat must finally come out of her self-imposed exile from her community when her childhood best friend is put into a coma. Patrick was found outside the convenience store where he worked. He was hit in the head with a baseball bat, a gas nozzle was shoved down his throat, and scrawled across his chest in blood were the words: “Suck on this f-----.” The town is eager to blame drunk out of towners. However, Cat suspects otherwise. As she digs deeper into this mystery, she realizes how much things in her community had stayed the same, but also how much people she had known her whole life had changed, including her. There are people that don’t want her to learn the truth, but she is determined the right the wrongs done to her, and to fix the wrongs she has done.
What impresses me the most about this novel is the author’s voice. Myracle has done a fabulous job of fleshing out each character, whether minor or major. Every character is dynamic in some way, and all feel distinctly human in their flaws, but also in their good attributes. The reader is reminded that every person has good and bad, and that not every bad person started out that way. I find it amazing that this novel is able to end on such a hopeful note despite all of the rottenness that exists in Cat and Patrick’s community. Once a reader begins the investigation with Cat, they will be unable to put this novel down until the wrongs are righted, and justice is served. While this novel is highly recommended for extremely, and I do stress the extremely, mature readers in grades 10-12, I would suggest that an adult discuss issues presented with a young reader.
In 1937, during a new recession, Mary Alice Dowdel is sent to live with her Grandma in the country while her parents struggle to find work in Chicago.In 1937, during a new recession, Mary Alice Dowdel is sent to live with her Grandma in the country while her parents struggle to find work in Chicago. Mary Alice has always enjoyed visiting her formidable Grandma in the summer, but she worries about spending an entire year with her in the southern country area of Illinois. Why, at her Grandma’s house one has to go outside and use the privy. Throughout the novel, the reader is able to see how Mary Alice comes to understand and love her Grandma and the town more than she thought she would. Through the sometimes sad, but mostly hilarious, episodic chapters, the reader gains an understanding of how this small town is able to survive through the depression and recession. The citizens may make fun of one another for doing stupid things and “borrow” produce from one another, but they will pull together to make sure a family can eat through a tough time. A strong sense of place and self flows from Mary Alice’s Grandmother, which in turn helps Mary Alice through this turbulence time in her adolescent. This novel is highly recommended for readers in grades 6 through 8.