Books & Gay Teens

June 29, 2010

The New York Times published a great article last week on the importance of gay characters in YA fiction and the recent trend of gay characters in quality YA fiction.  Check out the NYT article here, (you have to register to view the article,) and the blog post that inspired it here. Such a great reminder of the important work we do!



June 25, 2010

Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel Flipped will be released in movie-form on August 27.  Rob Reiner directed the film and changed the time period.  Check out the trailer.  What do you think?

Teen Christian Fiction

June 24, 2010

Slate published an interesting article yesterday on the increase of Christian fiction being published for teens.  I have a teen Christian fiction booklist all ready to go, but I’m not sure it will be printed before I start my new job, so I will share it with you here.  These are some of the newer series that Kim has been ordering, and I hope it will help with Christian fiction queries.  The article also links to The Christy Award, a Christian fiction award that since 2007 has included a YA category.


Ted Dekker

Melody Carlson

Robert Liparulo

Miracle Girls series by Anne Dayton

All About Us series by Shelley Adina

The Rayne Tour by Brandilyn Collins

The Charmed Life Series by Jenny B Jones

The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan

Shadowside Trilogy by Robert Elmer

Time Thriller Trilogy by Paul McCusker

The Kingdom Series by Chuck Black


June 22, 2010

The winners of the 2010 YRCA are:

Junior – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal – Jeff Kinney
Intermediate – Schooled – Gordon Korman
Senior – City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

The updated booklists should be out mid-July.

Thanks to Sue B for giving me the heads-up that the 2011 Sasquatch nominees have been announced!  We own copies of all of the books except the first one.  I placed an order today for 42 Miles and additional copies of the other titles as well as audio, if available.  (Most of them don’t have audio editions available.)  They should show up in the catalog in the next few days.

42 Miles by Zimmer

Diamond Willow by Frost

Ellie McDoodle: New Kind in School by Barshaw

First Light by Stead

Found by Haddix

A Friendship for Today by McKissack

Knucklehead by Scieszka

Leeplike Ridge by Wilson

The Lemonade War by Davies

The Magic Half by Barrows

Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper by Reisman

The Truth About Horses, Friends & my Life as a Coward by Gibson

The MN will be held Friday, December 10th.  Sorry for the confusion.

Mock Newbery 2011

May 26, 2010

Mark your calendars!  The 2011 OLA/WLA Mock Newbery will be held at our very own Cascade Park branch on Friday, December 11.  Linda (CP) and I will be organizing the Washington side of things and helping to select the books for the reading list.  Please let one of us know if you read something that is especially Newbery-worthy.  I’ve been slacking off on my J reading recently, (well, reading in general since I’ve crammed 6 seasons of Lost into a few months,) but I’ve got a tall stack waiting and a long weekend on the horizon!