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Channel Kindness

2021-03-23T14:49:45+00:00

The Born This Way Foundation, co-founded and led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world.  Per their website: "Through high impact programming, youth led conversations and strategic, cross-sectoral partnerships, we aim to make kindness cool, validate the emotions of young people, [...]

Channel Kindness 2021-03-23T14:49:45+00:00

Fast Fridays: A Little Bit of Luck, a Little Bit of Irish!

2021-03-12T10:13:59+00:00

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy In Ireland with her brother during the filming of a movie based on her grandmother's wildly popular Elementia trilogy, Iris, seventeen, decides to shut down production and end the annoying craze. -- The Call by Peadar O'Guilin For the last twenty-five years, every teenager in Ireland has been subject to "the call" which takes [...]

Fast Fridays: A Little Bit of Luck, a Little Bit of Irish! 2021-03-12T10:13:59+00:00

American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories

2021-03-09T14:36:13+00:00

Earlier this year, we lost a great author when Kathleen Krull died.  Her innovative and thoroughly enjoyable nonfiction have been winning awards and setting high standards for years.  One of her last books was American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories. For all Americans, immigration is part of our history.  Honoring that, Krull provides a great look at the ways immigrants [...]

American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories 2021-03-09T14:36:13+00:00

Celebrate National Women’s Day on March 8!

2021-03-05T14:31:14+00:00

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu|This book profiles inspiring women--some who are world famous and some who are little known in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, and Naziq al-Abid. -- She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Changed the World by Michael Elsohn Ross A source of inspiration for young women [...]

Celebrate National Women’s Day on March 8! 2021-03-05T14:31:14+00:00

Hold Back the Tide

2021-03-02T15:03:19+00:00

Alva lives by a very specific set of rules.  Rules that she hopes will keep her father from murdering her, like he did Alva's mother seven years ago.  Living in a remote cottage set near the town loch, she spends her time helping Da measure and care for the lake, like generations of her family before.  But simply following the [...]

Hold Back the Tide 2021-03-02T15:03:19+00:00

Black Historical Figures You Should Know

2021-02-26T14:54:08+00:00

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history. -- Turning [...]

Black Historical Figures You Should Know 2021-02-26T14:54:08+00:00

The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown

2021-02-23T13:51:23+00:00

Jane and Isabel have worked as a sideshow attraction since their parents sold them to a carnival barker at the age of three.  As conjoined twins, they are made to dance and sing or just be put on display for gawking crowds. The only true family they have are the other members of the troupe, people who live on the [...]

The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown 2021-02-23T13:51:23+00:00

Fast Fridays: Black YA Romance

2021-02-12T14:27:25+00:00

Pride by Ibi Zoboi In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. -- Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, [...]

Fast Fridays: Black YA Romance 2021-02-12T14:27:25+00:00

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean

2021-02-02T15:09:41+00:00

I first heard about The Ship We Built this summer, but with how crazy my reading habits were in 2020, I forgot it was on my TBR pile. I was reminded of it when I was looking at the Michigan Notable Book Awards given by the Library of Michigan.  And I am so grateful that I did! Now, first off, this [...]

The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean 2021-02-02T15:09:41+00:00

Fast Fridays: The Awards Edition

2021-01-29T14:47:06+00:00

      The ALA (American Library Association) Youth Media Awards were announced this week.  Check out this list of award winning titles, available at SDL! Printz Award (The best book written for teens) Winner: Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri Honors: Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang Every Body Looking [...]

Fast Fridays: The Awards Edition 2021-01-29T14:47:06+00:00