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Saw this outside a book store in Kensington… 💙 #doctorwho

Saw this outside a book store in Kensington… 💙 #doctorwho

#BookishStar with our kitty Chester who wanted to be the star of the star! @epicreads #yalit

#BookishStar with our kitty Chester who wanted to be the star of the star! @epicreads #yalit

The story is sorta out there, but I totally loved it! At sixteen, Travis is at death’s door, his body losing the fight against cancer, until an experimental doctor offers him a unique opportunity - he will severe Travis’s cancer-free head and cryongenically freeze it until a healthy lower torso is available for re-attachment. Told ya the story is out there - just go with it. So five years after Travis loses his head to modern science, a healthy body becomes available, and Travis becomes only the second Nogginstein in the world to survive the procedure. Back to life as normal? Uh, not quite. Travis’s memories of his previous life may not have skipped a beat, but his loved ones have grieved his possible permanent death and life moved on for them - his parents aren’t sure what to do with him, gay best friend Kyle now has a girlfriend, and girlfriend Cate has a fiance. There’s also the whole celebrity freak boy thing with journalists, pundits and his own neighbors and classmates debating whether this kind of science is a good or bad thing. Extrememly funny, engaging and thought-provoking, Noggin is one of my favorite reads this year. #yalit

The story is sorta out there, but I totally loved it! At sixteen, Travis is at death’s door, his body losing the fight against cancer, until an experimental doctor offers him a unique opportunity - he will severe Travis’s cancer-free head and cryongenically freeze it until a healthy lower torso is available for re-attachment. Told ya the story is out there - just go with it. So five years after Travis loses his head to modern science, a healthy body becomes available, and Travis becomes only the second Nogginstein in the world to survive the procedure. Back to life as normal? Uh, not quite. Travis’s memories of his previous life may not have skipped a beat, but his loved ones have grieved his possible permanent death and life moved on for them - his parents aren’t sure what to do with him, gay best friend Kyle now has a girlfriend, and girlfriend Cate has a fiance. There’s also the whole celebrity freak boy thing with journalists, pundits and his own neighbors and classmates debating whether this kind of science is a good or bad thing. Extrememly funny, engaging and thought-provoking, Noggin is one of my favorite reads this year. #yalit

My six-word review: Simple, but heartrending in its simplicity. Some samples from the student authors…
Met online; love before first sight.
They screamed “nobody.” I believed them.
Defined by numbers: age, weight, SATs.
I needed Daddy; he needed meth.
My scars: Everybody stares. Nobody asks.
I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.
The exits were entrances in disguise.
A boy wizard saved my life.
*Highly recommended for ELA/creative writing friends - thinking I may do a wall of these in the library if my students will contibute. ;-)

My six-word review: Simple, but heartrending in its simplicity. Some samples from the student authors…
Met online; love before first sight.
They screamed “nobody.” I believed them.
Defined by numbers: age, weight, SATs.
I needed Daddy; he needed meth.
My scars: Everybody stares. Nobody asks.
I fulfilled my awkwardness quota today.
The exits were entrances in disguise.
A boy wizard saved my life.
*Highly recommended for ELA/creative writing friends - thinking I may do a wall of these in the library if my students will contibute. ;-)

I absolutely loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and part of that stemmed from my love of fanfiction and Harry Potter, which the novel used and adapted as a backdrop for the central love story. My problem with Guy in Real Life then may be it’s story is immersed in RPG, and while I have students who are certainly into it, it’s just not my thang. After a chance meeting late one night, Lesh and Svetlana discover they go to the same high school and share a love of online gaming, particularly role-playing. The problem comes when Lesh assumes an online identity that seems very familiar - like a total knock-off of girl crush Svetlana. Reviews of the book have been positive, but I personally never connected with the story or characters. I’m interested to see if any of my RPGers like it… #yalit

I absolutely loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and part of that stemmed from my love of fanfiction and Harry Potter, which the novel used and adapted as a backdrop for the central love story. My problem with Guy in Real Life then may be it’s story is immersed in RPG, and while I have students who are certainly into it, it’s just not my thang. After a chance meeting late one night, Lesh and Svetlana discover they go to the same high school and share a love of online gaming, particularly role-playing. The problem comes when Lesh assumes an online identity that seems very familiar - like a total knock-off of girl crush Svetlana. Reviews of the book have been positive, but I personally never connected with the story or characters. I’m interested to see if any of my RPGers like it… #yalit

"Stay gold, Ponyboy." Courtesy of the Sundance Channel… #tbt to my all-time favorite Y.A. book AND the best movie of 1983 (as voted on by my hormones). #theoutsiders #greatmoviemoments

"Stay gold, Ponyboy." Courtesy of the Sundance Channel… #tbt to my all-time favorite Y.A. book AND the best movie of 1983 (as voted on by my hormones). #theoutsiders #greatmoviemoments

Another great Y.A. read that addresses #yesallwomen - in this case, 15-year-old Alexi who silently carries the trauma of her rape by someone close to her inside, until an equally damaged boy slowly gets her to open up, confront the abuse and begin to heal. I particularly liked author Courtney Stevens’ afterword, where she shares that something similar happened to her but other amazing people helped her by offering these truths:
1. What happened to you is not your fault.
2. You are not stuck in a never-ending cycle of pain.
3. It is not your job to protect the abuser from the consequences.
4. There are Bodees (supportive males who can be trusted) in the world.
5. Grieve your losses but remember this moment does not define you.
#yalit #yesallwomen

Another great Y.A. read that addresses #yesallwomen - in this case, 15-year-old Alexi who silently carries the trauma of her rape by someone close to her inside, until an equally damaged boy slowly gets her to open up, confront the abuse and begin to heal. I particularly liked author Courtney Stevens’ afterword, where she shares that something similar happened to her but other amazing people helped her by offering these truths:
1. What happened to you is not your fault.
2. You are not stuck in a never-ending cycle of pain.
3. It is not your job to protect the abuser from the consequences.
4. There are Bodees (supportive males who can be trusted) in the world.
5. Grieve your losses but remember this moment does not define you.
#yalit #yesallwomen

Last Saturday when we were in Asheville, we bought this beautiful piece by artist Marisol Spoon for Lucy’s room, but left it for her to repaint the eyes blue and put in this cool woodland animals frame. It arrived today! We tried to get Chester to pose curled on Lu’s head, but that wasn’t happening. ;-) Really do love her artwork - thank you for introducing me to it @anna_bryan and @ashngo85 ! #marisolspoon

Last Saturday when we were in Asheville, we bought this beautiful piece by artist Marisol Spoon for Lucy’s room, but left it for her to repaint the eyes blue and put in this cool woodland animals frame. It arrived today! We tried to get Chester to pose curled on Lu’s head, but that wasn’t happening. ;-) Really do love her artwork - thank you for introducing me to it @anna_bryan and @ashngo85 ! #marisolspoon

You know you’re in for a fun time when a book opens with both a quote from a poem by Emily Dickinson *and* a Beyonce lyric! Basically, The Ring & The Crown is one big ol’ sudsy historical fantasy soap opera, so if you’re suffering from Selection series withdrawal, here is your next read. Several centuries back, England defeated France and they became one powerful country with a British monarch. And y’know that American rebellion of 1776? Totally squashed - a hundred years later, America is still under British rule. The only real threat to twentieth century England is Prussia, but if Queen Eleanor of England can marry off her daughter Princess Marie to that dashing, if not douche-y, young Prussian Prince Leo, then combined they will control most of the known world. As always, there are just a few wee problems with that though - such as Leo’s wandering eye and hook-ups with possible French insurgent, Isabelle; Princess Marie’s continuing crush on her servant, Gill; the queen’s illegimate daughter, Aelwyn, using her wizard father’s spells to break-up the engagement; and Prince Leo’s younger brother, Wolf, forgetting his Prince-ly protocol when he falls for a destitute but gorgeous American who has sailed to England to land a money-ed husband. Absolutely loved it - the perfect fantasy beach read! #yalit

You know you’re in for a fun time when a book opens with both a quote from a poem by Emily Dickinson *and* a Beyonce lyric! Basically, The Ring & The Crown is one big ol’ sudsy historical fantasy soap opera, so if you’re suffering from Selection series withdrawal, here is your next read. Several centuries back, England defeated France and they became one powerful country with a British monarch. And y’know that American rebellion of 1776? Totally squashed - a hundred years later, America is still under British rule. The only real threat to twentieth century England is Prussia, but if Queen Eleanor of England can marry off her daughter Princess Marie to that dashing, if not douche-y, young Prussian Prince Leo, then combined they will control most of the known world. As always, there are just a few wee problems with that though - such as Leo’s wandering eye and hook-ups with possible French insurgent, Isabelle; Princess Marie’s continuing crush on her servant, Gill; the queen’s illegimate daughter, Aelwyn, using her wizard father’s spells to break-up the engagement; and Prince Leo’s younger brother, Wolf, forgetting his Prince-ly protocol when he falls for a destitute but gorgeous American who has sailed to England to land a money-ed husband. Absolutely loved it - the perfect fantasy beach read! #yalit

The Y.A. genre isn’t short on books about bullying - sadly, our high schools aren’t short on bullies. But what drives someone to such cruelty? In Amanda Maciel’s debut, Tease, we read the story from The Bully’s standpoint. When the novel opens, we learn Sara and several of her friends are on trial for causing the death of Emma Putnam. It seems their relentless slut-shaming assaults through social media, practical jokes and property defacement at school led Emma to hang herself in her parents’ garage. Told in both present time as Sara prepares for her trial and flashbacks to the bullying, Sara steadfastly maintains her innocence. Nothing they ever said or did to Emma wasn’t based on “truth”  - Emma was the one who hooked up with so many guys! - and they can’t be responsible for Emma’s final drama queen act. This is tough stuff to read, if only because you know this is the rationalization many bullies have, but as Sara’s court-assigned therapist asks - why should someone else’s life choices bother or anger you to the point you put so much effort into harrassing them? A tough but powerful read. #yalit

The Y.A. genre isn’t short on books about bullying - sadly, our high schools aren’t short on bullies. But what drives someone to such cruelty? In Amanda Maciel’s debut, Tease, we read the story from The Bully’s standpoint. When the novel opens, we learn Sara and several of her friends are on trial for causing the death of Emma Putnam. It seems their relentless slut-shaming assaults through social media, practical jokes and property defacement at school led Emma to hang herself in her parents’ garage. Told in both present time as Sara prepares for her trial and flashbacks to the bullying, Sara steadfastly maintains her innocence. Nothing they ever said or did to Emma wasn’t based on “truth” - Emma was the one who hooked up with so many guys! - and they can’t be responsible for Emma’s final drama queen act. This is tough stuff to read, if only because you know this is the rationalization many bullies have, but as Sara’s court-assigned therapist asks - why should someone else’s life choices bother or anger you to the point you put so much effort into harrassing them? A tough but powerful read. #yalit