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Tag Team Tech: Wrestling with Teens and Technology October 2017

Embracing Technology in Escape Rooms Kelly Czarnecki Incorporating technology into a library escape room program doesn’t have to be difficult. Sure, there are elaborate uses of technology at many commercial escape rooms. For example, at 60 to Escape, located in... (Continue reading)

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Alone Is a Perfect Ten!

5Q 5P J S NA Balog, Cyn. Alone. Sourcebooks Fire, November 2017. 288p. $17.99. 978-1-4926-5547-3. When her mother inherits the Bismarck-Chisholm Home, a creepy “murder” mansion on Solitude Mountain, Seda is happy to escape Boston and appointments with her shrink.... (Continue reading)

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is a Perfect Ten!

5Q 5P J S Yee, F. C. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. Amulet/Abrams, August 2017. 320p. $18.99. 978-1-4197-2548-7. When the new kid, Quentin, announces that Genie Lo belongs to him, she discovers he is Sun Wukong, or the mythical... (Continue reading)

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Beasts Made of Night is a Perfect Ten!

5Q 5P J S NA Onyebuchi, Tochi. Beasts Made of Night. Razorbill/Penguin Random House,  November 2017. 304p. $17.99. 978-0-448-49390-9. The titular beasts are the embodiments of sin, drawn out of their hosts and then killed by aki (sin-eaters) who literally... (Continue reading)

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YA Strike Zone October 2017

“Members” Now: Citizens Later? Anthony Bernier America does not appear in the mood to broaden its notion of “citizenship” for the next while. This fight doesn’t end here, of course, but the current environment is a minefield of political kryptonite... (Continue reading)

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Insight into the Young Adult Market – An Interview with RoseMary (Honnold) Ludt

Thank you to Sharon O. Blumberg for interviewing me for the September 2017 issue of Children’s Book Insider. Click on the image below to download a pdf copy of the article. Interview... (Continue reading)

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Tag Team Tech: Wrestling with Teens and Technology August 2017

High Tech Programming on a Low Tech Budget Janice Scurio This scenario may be your reality: you want to provide engaging technology-based programming, but the library’s budget is facing yet another round of cuts. An unfortunate pitfall of tech programming... (Continue reading)

YA Strike Zone August 2017

Beyond the Celebrations The disturbing things LIS students find out about real YA programming and professionals’ ethical obligation to improve YA experience Anthony Bernier It becomes more difficult each year to convince LIS students that they need to demonstrate service... (Continue reading)

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is a Perfect Ten!

Roth, Veronica. Carve the Mark. Katherine Tegen/ HarperCollins, 2017. 480p. $22.99.  978-0-06-234863-0. 5Q 5P J S                                                      This dystopia is galaxy-wide. Nine major planets are bound by a “currentstream” flowing through every living thing. This currentstream endows the children of favored... (Continue reading)

Hunted by Meagan Spooner is a Perfect Ten!

Spooner, Meagan. Hunted. HarperTeen, 2017. 384p. $17.99. 978-0-06-242228-6. 5Q 5P M J S Yeva, called Beauty by her father, is the youngest of a wealthy merchant’s three daughters and the only one who loves hunting with him. One day he... (Continue reading)

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