Category Archives: YA corner

Children’s Lit Corner

When I was a little girl, the cousin closest to my age lived in California. We were about eight years old when we decided to become pen pals, and started writing long, rambling letters to each other. I can still … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

I have been haunted most of my life by the memory of a book I read once when I was very young. It was most likely a library book, because it certainly wasn’t part of my life for very long, … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Happy Valentine’s Day! In my mother’s family, this day was set apart as a day of family gift giving. Grandpa would buy boxes of chocolates for his three girls and Grandmother. Later he included his grandchildren in the chocolate gifts. … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out some boxes of books in the donations room of my library when a slim volume caught my eye. It was a old paperback copy of stories written by Sholom Aleichem. Now … Continue reading

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Children’s Lit Corner

Our library is installing new carpet. Because I am the Youth Services Librarian, this mean that I have spent the past several days moving all the children’s and young adult books (actually all the books in the library, but I … Continue reading

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Back to Books!

Oh, summer’s over. Is it bad if I respond with a hallejuhah? As much as I love the summer season, it goes by in a blur. While many people have a chance to catch up on their to-read lists, it … Continue reading

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YA Corner: A thank you to writers

Let me start with a disclaimer–I haven’t read a lot of YA this summer, Mormon or otherwise. I’m sad about that, but it couldn’t be avoided. Summer’s kind of a crazy time for me, and I haven’t had much time … Continue reading

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YA Corner: Religion and YA Lit

One of my favorite reads in the two  years is a gem called Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork.  It’s about a teenage boy who exhibits autism-spectrum traits.  Marcelo’s father wants him to break out of the comfortable, … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequence—Loss of the “Safe” Genre

Since YA is becoming increasingly less “safe,” what replaces it for those readers who consider aesthetic safety as their first filter for book selection? Continue reading

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Summer Reading

I’m sure for you, that phrase has lovely connotations of lazy days under a shady tree, escaping into a world of fascinating characters living exciting lives. For me at this phase of my life, it means hundreds of kids at … Continue reading

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