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Author: Carly Pansulla

Carly Pansulla is currently a high school librarian at the Carlyle Fraser Library in Atlanta, GA. She reads across genres, but has a soft spot for urban fantasy, character-driven sci-fi, historical fiction, and mysteries.

Monthly Monday Poll – September 2017

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Labor Day, Hub readers!

We’re back after a summer hiatus last month, with results from the last poll as follows: S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong is the debut series Hub readers are most excited about so far this year, with 37% of the vote. Next up is Jeff Giles’ The Edge of Everything, which launches a planned but currently unnamed series, with 26%. Tied with 15% each were the Daughter of the Pirate King series, by Tricia Levenseller, and the Empress of a Thousand Skies series, by Rhoda Belleza, followed by Vic James’ The Gilded Cage series (with my apologies for the typo in the original poll!), with 7% of the vote.

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Monthly Monday Poll: Favorite Dual-Market *Nonfiction* Author

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubIt’s time for the monthly poll!

Last month, a reader (and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor writer!) pointed out that while I said the poll was asking about “authors,” based on the options provided, what it was really asking about was fiction authors. So true! My *personal* reading habits are heavily biased towards fiction, and it’s showing in the poll! So this month, I’m taking up the excellent suggestion to run a poll featuring nonfiction authors who write for multiple audiences. I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones; please shout them out in the comments!

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Monthly Monday Poll: May – Favorite Dual-Market Author

 

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

Hello, Hub readers, and Happy Spring!

Last month we paid tribute to the explosion of incredible YA that hit shelves in 1999, and the leader of that seriously impressive pack, with 28% of the vote, was Laurie Halse Anderson’s groundbreaking work Speak. In a very close second, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came in with 27%, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was third with 14%. Tied for 4th with 9% each were two series-openers: Tamora Pierce’s First Test (Protector of the Small series) and Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series). Next were Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya with 6%, Lemony Snicket’s (aka Danial Handler’s) The Bad Beginning (the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events) and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen with 3% each, and Walter Dean Myers’ award-winning Monster, with 2%. My mind is still boggled that all of these influential and acclaimed works came out the same year.

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2017 Hub Reading Challenge April Check-In

Hello Hub readers; it’s time for another Hub Reading Challenge Check-In!

the hub 2017 reading challenge

According to my Goodreads shelf where I’m tracking my progress, I’ve got 15 books done for the Challenge so far. My now-standard approach to the Challenge is to load up on Graphic Novels in the first couple of months; getting my numbers up early helps keep me motivated. I love the format anyway, and I work in a high school, and have had a lot of success book-talking graphic novels to students who otherwise feel like they just don’t have time to read for fun when school’s in session. I’ve definitely enjoyed the ones I’ve managed to read so far (especially, to echo Anna’s check-in post, Paper Girls. That palette!! The eco-dystopian horror-show of Brian K. Vaughn’s We Stand On Guard felt terrifyingly plausible, and John Allison’s warm, wry Giant Days has been a perfect match for some of my seniors anxious to imagine themselves into college).

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Monthly Monday Poll: April 2017 – 1999 Was An Awesome Year for YA

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Spring, Hub readers!

Last month, we got nostalgic about our most-loved YA fantasy from the 90s. In a result that should surprise no one, the opening volume of Harry Potter was the winner, with 34% of results. Runner-up with 26% was Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, so we’ve got a lot readers (myself included!) eager for the May release of the 5th book set in The Thief‘s world, Thick as Thieves. Fully 21% of you called foul on the feasibility of accurately listing and/or choosing actual favorites from the decade of YA fantasy that helped to provide the fertile ground from which grows the vivid genre (and genre-bending) work we enjoy in today’s YA. The next 3 results were quite close, with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at 7%, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy at 6%, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust at 5%. 2% of us chose Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derlock. 

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Monthly Monday Poll: March – Favorite 90s Fantasy

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Monday, Hub readers.

Last month, we asked about circulation of books with screen adaptations currently or imminently available for viewing. Leading the pack by a substantial margin with 51% of the vote was Hidden Figures. Next was Wonder with 15% (the movie’s release date was actually just pushed back to Summer 2017, so we’ll be waiting a little longer on that), then the The Handmaid’s Tale at 12%, 13 Reasons Why with 9%, Before I Fall with 7%, a scant 1% for Riverdale/Archie comics, and no circulation boost to speak of for The Circle (I guess Emma Watson’s probably doing enough for book circs playing Belle this month…).

This month, in honor of the recent (utterly delightful) news that Philip Pullman is publishing a new Book of Dust trilogy, we’re looking back to some beloved 90’s YA fantasy gems. Since the term YA has evolved quite a bit in the past three decades, some of the series I included could be/have been considered Children’s, and some serious classics were published in the late 80s and so had to be left off (cough, Sandman, Howl’s Moving Castle, cough). As always, please share in the comments the titles I’ve overlooked!

What's your favorite YA Fantasy from the 90s?

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Monthly Monday Poll: February – Adaptations + Circulation

Hello Hub Readers, and Happy February!Monday Poll @ YALSA's The Hub

Last month, we asked about your reading goals and priorities for 2017, and a whopping 43% of you responded that your priority this year is to read more content that diversifies your reading list by choosing titles by and/or about people who are different from you in physical or experiential ways. Not far behind, with 38% of the responses, were readers committed to reading more titles in 2017, amassing more options to your arsenal of completed texts. 10% are prioritizing the social connections reading can foster, 5% are focused on reading the most critically-celebrated books on offer, and 4% are focusing their reading efforts beyond the offerings of the Big 5 publishers to seek out indie gems. Just the idea of all these fired up readers applying energy and resolve to the act of absorbing narratives, with all the impacts that can have, makes me more hopeful about the year ahead. If you’re looking to quantify some of these goals, we invite you to join the 2017 Hub Reading Challenge, which offers up titles to fit every one of these priorities!

This month, we’re returning to a favorite theme: page-to-screen adaptations, and their effect on circulation in your library (if your library is anything like mine, it’s considerable!). Have you seen measurable changes in the demand for the book editions of these recent and soon-to-be-released screen adaptations?

Which upcoming page-to-screen adaptations are generating the most circulation in your library?

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As always, let us know in the comments if we’ve left off a title that’s flying off your library’s shelves!

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Monthly Monday Poll: January 2017

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy New Year, Hub readers! Here’s to a 2017 filled with good books and positive impacts for teens in our libraries and communities!

Last month we asked which genre you’ve been reading the most of lately (not which genre you most prefer, but which dominated the last 5 titles you read). The results mirror the YA market pretty closely, I thought, with nearly 2/3 of the pie represented by the first two categories:

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Self-Care Resources for Teens

As part of our month of posts around the topic of social justice, today we’re rounding up some tips and resources to help teens practice good self-care. I am using the term “self-care” to mean general actions that an individual can take to maintain or improve their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Engaging with issues of social justice can bring up many difficult emotions, trigger or exacerbate mental health concerns, and otherwise prompt symptoms of distress. Stories and coverage of injustice, violence, and violations of civil and human rights are inherently troubling to encounter. Learning to acknowledge and manage this distress can help teens – and adults! – to not feel entirely overwhelmed when confronting issues of social justice. Learning to recognize our individual limits and needs, and developing ways to meet them, are critical tools against feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or consumed by anger, despair, or helplessness. I am not a health care professional, and self-care strategies and choices are highly personal; your ideas and feedback are encouraged and appreciated in the comments!

One critical level of self-care is taking care of our immediate physical needs: eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated, and, in an era of constant access to the media and the ability to binge on screen-time, taking time away from devices to shower, get dressed, and make sure we’re spending time off the internet.

Taking a few deep breaths, perhaps in sync with this viral and effective GIF, is also a first-line self-care action. These could all be considered self-care strategies to implement right-this-minute in the face of feeling overwhelmed. It’s just a little easier to face the enormity of social justice issues when you’re freshly shampooed and you’ve got going-out-in-public clothes on. Some resources to encourage good habits for these immediate needs: basic health guides (especially those directly addressing the teen years), cookbooks, etc.

The next level of self-care involves building in or learning activities and practices to help us feel centered, calm, and positive. These could include:

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