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Banned Books Week 2018

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK, SOME GIRLS ARE, and THIS ONE SUMMER have all been banned or challenged? Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers.

Good thing librarians fight for our fREADdom! Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29) is happening now and it’s the perfect time to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

Here are resources for librarians and free downloadable art from Banned Books Week to help spread the word. The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged booksbanned/challenged classicstop 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a photo of your Banned Books Week display or a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtags #bannedbooksweek and #ireadbannedbooks.

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Day’s YA – AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS

TGIF, YA pals!

We’ve made it to Friday and I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on spending my weekend working through my towering TBR pile (and inevitably adding to it at the Brooklyn Book Festival). If this title isn’t on your list, it should be!

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
Available in hardcover and trade paperback from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Seventeen-year-old Genesis (Gen) is having a very tough time. Her father died of a drug overdose, her mother can’t deal, and Gen’s boyfriend just abandoned her at Planned Parenthood. As Gen recovers from her procedure and attempts to heal (physically and emotionally), she realizes that the chaos surrounding her may be the path to her growth.

From the bucolic New Jersey suburbia to the gritty underground NYC theater scene, we follow Gen’s highs and lows (mostly lows). Gen’s past / flashbacks are uniquely captured throughout the book as a four-act play featuring stage directions and lighting cues.

Gen’s emotions are raw and real. The reader feels her deep angst, her profound grief, and ultimately, her hope, right along with her. And Gen is not alone in her authenticity: Delilah’s frustration as she witnesses her younger cousin’s downward spiral; Rose’s sincerity as she stands by her best friend; Seth’s kindness as he introduces Gen to an unexpected world that leads her through recovery. All of Pipkin’s secondary characters are as fully developed as our heroine. readmoreremove

Postcards from Three Pines

“In the lead-up to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND coming out November 27th, I’ve looked back on the previous books with some amazement. For thirteen years we’ve been visiting the little Quebec village together. I went back over my notes, and it got me thinking that you might like to know how it all happened. So, we’re starting a new feature. Postcards from Three Pines. Every week one will be sent out digitally, describing my thinking and feelings as I wrote each book.” — Louise Penny

In a countdown to KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, Minotaur Books will reveal a postcard from Louise Penny each week on GamacheSeries.com, offering a glimpse into the creation of each book in the Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series!

Now Open: Postcard from STILL LIFE
September 4: To be revealed from A FATAL GRACE
September 11: To be revealed from THE CRUELEST MONTH
September 18: To be revealed from A RULE AGAINST MURDER
September 25: To be revealed from THE BRUTAL TELLING
October 2: To be revealed from BURY YOUR DEAD
October 9: To be revealed from A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
October 16: To be revealed from THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY
October 23: To be revealed from HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
October 30: To be revealed from THE LONG WAY HOME
November 6: To be revealed from THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
November 13: To be revealed from A GREAT RECKONING
November 20: To be revealed from GLASS HOUSES readmoreremove

Celadon Interviews JOCO Library’s Gregg Winsor

First things first: if you haven’t checked out Celadon Books‘s gorgeous new website, do so NOW. They’ve got all sorts of interesting things there, particularly in the TBR (To Be Read) section, where we saw this great interview with Johnson County Library’s Gregg Winsor!

“Good librarians are like ninjas – we come in every day expecting the unexpected, and must be prepared for anything that the day can throw at us. Great librarians do all that, make it look easy, AND look fabulous while doing so.” — Gregg Winsor

Read the full interview here and find out what Gregg’s been #bookpushing, what he loves best about Kansas City, and who his book twin is.

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Required Friday Reading (8/10/18)

It’s important, now more than ever, to continue reading, reflecting, and engaging in open dialogue about the issues facing us all as a nation. Here are our picks to help you do just that:

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming

2018 Alex Award Winner

2018 ALA Amelia Bloomer List

“This poignant tale of survival and loss gives immediacy to the plight of Syrian refugees. Fleming’s skillful writing brings new vividness to Doaa Al Zamel’s dramatic story. This book amply demonstrates why Al Zamel has since become a symbol of hope for other refugees. Fleming should be congratulated for bringing [this] inspiring and illuminating story to the page.” — Publishers Weekly

BUTTERFLY: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph by Yusra Mardini

BUTTERFLY is a powerful story of survival, inspiration, and hope with a resounding message: no one chooses to be a refugee; rather, horrific circumstances force ordinary people to take extraordinary measures to save themselves. This unforgettable memoir shines a spotlight on the refugee experience and the role sports can play in giving a voice to those affected by conflict throughout the world… Teens who enjoyed I AM MALALA will find another heroine in this inspirational memoir of a Syrian swimmer who became an advocate for refugees.” Booklist, starred review

CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

“[A] remarkable book…Like Dadaab itself, the story has no conclusion. It is a portrait, beautifully and movingly painted. And it is more than that. At a time when newspapers are filled with daily images of refugees arriving in boats on Europe’s shores, when politicians and governments grapple with solutions to migration and erect ever larger walls and fences, it is an important reminder that a vast majority of the world’s refugees never get as far as a boat or a border of the developed world.” — Caroline Moorehead, The New York Times Book Review

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

“Guerrero relates her struggle to hold her life together, get through high school and college, and find her feet in the world—challenges that will resonate with many readers… [She] writes with humor and heartbreaking honesty. Offering readers the story she needed to hear as a child, Guerrero shines a light on this country’s flawed immigration system, eloquently calling for reform without diminishing her appreciation for the opportunities US citizenship has afforded her. A timely and enlightening read.” — Booklist

SPARE PARTS: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.” — Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.” — Publishers Weekly

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson

“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” — Booklist, starred review

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Day’s YA – I DO NOT TRUST YOU

Hey, YA librarians! 

Today’s YA pick has you visiting far-off places all from the comfort of your own home. But don’t forget to buckle your seat belt!

I DO NOT TRUST YOU by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
9781250052308
Available September 11, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Memphis (known as “M”) spent most of her formative years traveling the world with her archaeologist father. She’s proficient in multiple languages and her knowledge of ancient religions is not that of a typical eighteen-year-old. However, after her father dies, M’s life takes an oddly normal turn. Her guardians, Bob and Liza, are as normal as they come, and all they want is for M to start acting like a “normal teen.” But M’s life has never been normal, and that’s not about to change now. Enter: Ashwin Sood, the handsome young man that reveals that M’s father is alive. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – SADIE

Helloooooo, YA librarians!

Holy. Moly. This. Freaking. Book.

I’m not even going to waste time with a witty introduction because I’m just SO EXCITED to talk to you about SADIE. But before I begin, just know that you will not be able to put this book down. So carve out an afternoon, get comfy, and prepare yourself for a YA thriller like no other. Ready? Let’s go.

SADIE by Courtney Summers
9781250105714
Available September 4, 2018 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Nineteen-year-old Sadie lives in a small Colorado town where she has raised her little sister, Mattie, on her own for years . . . until the day she runs away, on a mission to find the man who killed Mattie. The police investigation was a mess and Sadie wants justice. She throws away almost everything she owns, buys a cheap car, and leaves town following whatever clues she can find to lead her to her sister’s killer. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – MIRAGE

Hello, YA librarians!

Whew! We’re back from ALA Annual and, with that, our 2018 conference season comes to a close! The past few months have been such a fun and wild ride, and we certainly ended on a high note.

Speaking of ALA, some of you may have picked up this magical YA debut. If you were one of the lucky ones who got a copy, you’re going to want to put it at the top of your pile.

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
9781250126429
Available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Young Listeners
Ages 13 to 18

Amani lives “on a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village” with her family. Their moon, Cadiz, is part of Mizaal Galaxy and is ruled by the Vathek Empire’s cruel king, Mathis, and his daughter, Princess Maram.

On Amani’s Majority Night—the night she is to become an adult in the eyes of her village and celebrate her coming-of-age—she is kidnapped by Vathek guards and forced to become Princess Maram’s body double. The one bright spot in Amani’s bleak situation is Idris, Maram’s fiancé (who’d mistaken Amani for Maram the first time they met). As Amani perfects her role as Maram and draws closer to Idris, she discovers the rebellion and an opportunity to use her position in an unexpected way. readmoreremove

Introducing Celadon Books!

Welcome to Macmillan’s newest imprint, Celadon Books!

Founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices. Their motto: “We believe that when readers finish a Celadon book, they will know that it was time well spent.” (They also have a gorgeous, amazingly curated website!)

Celadon’s first list of four titles is set for Winter 2019, and many of you are already raving about their inaugural title

THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
Also available in audio
Available February 5, 2019
A woman shoots her husband five times in the face, then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is the criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk….

CAPE MAY by Chip Creek
Also available in audio
Available April 30, 2019
A mesmerizing debut novel that explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Available March 5, 2019
Author, activist, and TED speaker Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – LEGENDARY

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

We’re ending this week with a *legendary* book recommendation! [insert How I Met Your Mother pun here]

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available now from Flatiron Books
Also available in audio
Ages 13 to 18

You all know how much I loved CARAVAL, with its magical circus and evil mastermind, and now Stephanie Garber is back at it again with LEGENDARY (an instant #1 New York Times bestseller!!). This time the story is told from Scarlett’s sister Tella’s point of view (whom I adore), and oh boy, does she have a story to tell. readmoreremove

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