“We always underestimated our own participation in magic. That is, we thought of magic as something that existed with or without us. But that’s not true.” How does one create a story about queer love that will appeal to readers of all sexualities, without coming off as defensive, offensive, or pushy? Write about magic. David… Read More Gay Literature with Universal Appeal!? Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Let’s just admit it: not everyone thinks poetry is as great as we do. Is poetry in danger of dying out? Not a chance. Poetry has stood the test of time, and remains one of the most powerful, evocative forms of communication. Poetry challenges the social norm, and helps people feel like they’re part of something… Read More 10 Poems That Teenagers Might Actually Love
Now presenting: my first ever book trailer! Above you will find my book trailer, recommending Jeff Smith’s Out From Boneville for teen audiences. It features stop motion animation, as well as watercolour and ink artwork based closely on images from Jeff Smith’s Bone series. During the weeks preceding its due date, my trailer script went… Read More YA Lit Book Trailer: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
Former Degrassi script writer, Susin Nielson, creates vivid and engaging characters in The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. While older teens may be reluctant to read a story that focuses on a thirteen-year-old trying to restart his life after a tragedy, older children and younger teens (aged 11-14) will appreciate the depth of emotion… Read More Young teens with a soft spot for sarcasm will love The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen.
When I was a tweenager, I won a copy of Monster by Walter Dean Myers as part of a summer reading program at my local public library. A year later I donated it to Goodwill. Unread. Is this a good book for teens? Absolutely. It’s written in a uniquely captivating screenplay format, it has tense… Read More “A Good Book For Every Teen?”
In a time when teens can barely imagine a world without texting and Facebook, and where people are more likely to send a smile on Snapchat than on the bus, Eleanor & Park provides interesting commentary on what has now become “old-fashioned” romance, and the temporary nature of first love. There are a lot of… Read More Eleanor & Park, or, How To Fall In Love Without Facebook
Earlier this week a teen at the library saw me with an arm full of Orca Soundings books and asked if I’d recommend them. As I wrote about in a previous blog post, I told her I wasn’t sure yet, and had an interesting conversation about teen fantasy/romance instead. Now that I have read a… Read More Who reads Orca Soundings books?