Why I read YA and Middle Grade fiction written by Women of Colour

This has been a tough few weeks for the world. Racially motivated crimes are in the news constantly. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the hate exhibited, and impossible to fully understand the experience of people of colour (POC) in these times. These past couple weeks I’ve sought out stories that involve racial discrimination… Read More Why I read YA and Middle Grade fiction written by Women of Colour

What I Loved #20: Victoria Schwab, Heather Smith, Courtney Summers, a puppy, and … a new job!

It has been over a year since I last did a What I Lovedย post. Where did the time go!? I have loved so many amazing books and experiences since my last post that I’m kind of overwhelmed! I’ve picked my very most favourite reads of 2018 to highlight. Sadie Sadie is a Canadian YA novel… Read More What I Loved #20: Victoria Schwab, Heather Smith, Courtney Summers, a puppy, and … a new job!

Blind Date With a Book Library Display- Round Two!

Last year I ran the popular Blind Date with a Book display at the Forest Heights branch of Kitchener Public Library. I created a mixture of adult, teen, and children’s books, and found that they all flew off the shelves! I’ve enjoyed looking through other librarian’s interpretations of Blind Date with a Book on ALA… Read More Blind Date With a Book Library Display- Round Two!

What I Loved #6 – Belzhar, Zita the Spacegirl, Meditation, Uptown Waterloo, and Graduation

What I Read The thing about working in 2 library systems is…that there’s just so much more to read! I’ve read so many books this month – I’ll just have to give you bite-sized reviews of each of them. 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names by Mario Giodano: New to our non-fiction collection,… Read More What I Loved #6 – Belzhar, Zita the Spacegirl, Meditation, Uptown Waterloo, and Graduation

What YA Novel Should You Read Next? A Readers Advisory Personality Quiz for Teens

Play What YA Novel Should You Read Next on PlayBuzz.com Download the full quiz and resultsย in PDF form here:ย What YA Novel Should You Read Next – Personality Quiz While static passive readers advisory tools are great for a lot of circumstances (ie reading list pamphlets to display by the YA Fiction section), I think libraries… Read More What YA Novel Should You Read Next? A Readers Advisory Personality Quiz for Teens

YA Book Review: Black Hole by Charles Burns: a fast-paced sci-fi horror hybrid for the masses

Welcome to suburban Seattle in the 70s: where a mutation based sexually transmitted disease is transforming teenagers into monsters. Although sometimes housed in the adult graphic novel section, Black Hole by Charles Burns is certainly a story for teens sixteen and up. Through the perspective of several high school students, the reader witnesses a sweeping… Read More YA Book Review: Black Hole by Charles Burns: a fast-paced sci-fi horror hybrid for the masses