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Monthly Monday Polls: October – Your TBR

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Monday, Hub readers! It’s time for the Monthly Monday Poll, and this month we want to hear about your reading habits, specifically whether you’re reading a ton of ARCs or not.

Last month’s poll asked if you are a fan of these seemingly endless screen adaptations, or if you prefer that Hollywood leave the complex plot lines, interior monologues, and nuanced relationship-building to the page. Folks were largely in favor of the extra reach provided by screen adaptions, with 72% of respondents glad to see something given live-action treatment, but 28% were concerned that the perils of a poorly-received or executed adaptation can overshadow the original book(s). I thought of this when I heard that Netflix is rebooting Lemony Snicket’s beloved Series of Unfortunate Events books as a miniseries starring Neil Patrick Harris, even though the first 3 books were previously adapted into a feature film with Jim Carrey in the lead in 2004 (sidenote: I cannot believe it’s been 12 years since that movie came out). Clearly Netflix believes the books’ (legion) fans want something from an adaptation that the film didn’t deliver… Continue reading Monthly Monday Polls: October – Your TBR

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Month in Review: September 2016

Now that the school year’s back in swing, we’re bringing back the Month in Review roundup of resources for collection development, content curation, and teen library services.

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Hub Highlights

An exploration of hi/lo books.

Books for fans of The Get Down.

An Interview with Francisco X. Stork.

Books and Reading

13 Mind-bending YA Books at the NYPL blog.

Amanda at Teen Librarian Toolbox has a preview of forthcoming YA titles.

Harry Potter and the transformation of fandom at Slate.

YA lit for makers at Teen Librarian’s Toolbox.

YA author Mindy McGinnis on poverty in YA lit and her new book, Female of the Species.

Reading While White did a September-long feature on #OwnVoices books: check out the reviews of Eighth Grade Superzero, It Ain’t Awful, Falafel, Outrun the Moon, and more.

At Epic Reads, the 23 most-anticipated YA books out in October.

Up your readers’ advisory game with this webinar from NoveList on unlocking the power of pop culture.

Banned Books Week

I.W. Gregorio says “Save a Life — Support a Banned Book” in Publisher’s Weekly.

At Teen Services Underground: Dealing with a Book Challenge.

School Library Journal shares data from a survey about book challenges and looks at the content of challenged books (spoiler: it’s mostly diverse books).

OK, this is funny. From The Onion: Teens disappointed in Banned Books. Continue reading Month in Review: September 2016

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YA Books with a Male Point of View

Looking for books with a male protagonist? Check out the list below.




Nathan is the illegitamate son of the most evil witch in the land and is caged and beaten.  Finally freed from his prison, Nathan sets on a journey to find his father.

Fletcher, an orphan and blacksmith apprentice, has discovered a hidden talent. When he travels to a school for kids like him, Fletcher finds himself in the middle of power hungry forces.

Kaz, a member of the Dregs gang, has scored a big heist but he needs help.  He enlists five others to help him break into the unbreakable Ice Court to steal some precious cargo.

Nic is a slave in Ancient Rome and on a mission to raid Julius Caesar’s tomb, he finds Caeser’s bulla.  After he puts the bulla around his neck, he gains world ending powers that are coveted by the good and the bad.

Jeremy Johnson Johnson lives with his father above their Two Book Bookstore in the little town on Never Better.  He’s smart, shy, and has a ghost for a best friend-Jacob Grimm.  One day, Jeremy meets Ginger, a spunky classmate, and the two of them and Jacob get involved into a bit of trouble. Continue reading YA Books with a Male Point of View

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