Young Adult Lit/Crit

May 10, 2008

Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Filed under: from your prof, FYI — sunyprof @ 9:54 am

Final list for the ALA best graphic novels for teens. Note the length of this list. As we said earlier this week, YA Lit is exploding. This list could not have been put together even three years ago. Take a look. KES


April 26, 2008

L.A. TIMES Book Winners ’08 Announced on 4/25

Filed under: FYI — sunyprof @ 10:41 am

This year’s pick in the YA category is the British author, Phiip Reeve, whose honored novel, A DARKLING PLAIN, is the 4th book in what is known in the US as the Hungry City Chronicles series.

Since TYRELL was a winner of this same prize in ’06 and PART TIME INDIAN in ’07, thought you might be interested in checking out this quartet of fantasy novels. This week was our fantasy week! KES

P.S. Since A NORTHERN LIGHT is also an L.A. Times Book Prize winner in the YA category (’03) and we actually are talking about ONE book this week I look forward to posts about the novel as you read. You might enjoy Donnelly’s website where you’ll learn among other things that the British edition was titled A GATHERING LIGHT. You can read about her newest adult title, THE WINTER ROSE (which follows her THE TEA ROSE) on her Amazon blog. Fans of ANL will like these as well.

April 23, 2008

New Golden Age of Young Adult Fiction

Filed under: FYI — scrollman @ 2:08 pm

I found an interesting article on line discussing the ways in which YA lit. is having a resurgence.  I find it ironic that teens seem to be reading more, buying books with their own money, and yet there is still such crisis in the realm of test scores and academic achievement in ELA.  Could our teaching, curriculum planning and assessment be to blame?  Oh no, it must surely be the kids.  They just don’t like to read!


April 22, 2008

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Filed under: FYI — Joyce @ 1:11 pm

Just wanted to mention that I went to see PICASSO, a Steven Martin off-broadway play presented by the Wit’s End Players this weekend past. Anyone see it?

Enjoyable show. One thing that really stuck out to me was a portion of predictions for the 20th century (the play was set in the first decade of the 20th century, so it was all just imaginary musings….)

I am inspired to make some predictions for the century ahead as a result. I would like to send an invitation for anyone else to add to this list of predictions with their own.

1. Books will find a new surge of popularity as they become banned more and more, and we will go through a reading renaissance as a result

2. Teachers will no longer be called teachers, but will come to be known as model learners: they will embark upon their own knowledge quests and invite students to come along with them for the journey. Model learners will have no central classrooms, but rather, walk throughout the town, village, community, and world…  learning as they go.

3. Curricula will be fluid, and offer choices for specialized individual learning in every path of the way so that students may receive optimum education

4. The SATs and other high-stakes tests will come to be seen as archaic measuring devices based upon a limited viewpoint of what is important to contribute to society in meaningful ways

What else?


April 21, 2008

Alexia Recommends: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Filed under: FYI — sostrom @ 10:12 am

This weekend I got to spend some time with my cousin, Alexia.  After reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret, I knew that I wanted to share this book with her, but what I didn’t expect was the great gift she would give me: Heartbeat by Sharon Creech.  Alexia is currently in sixth grade, but read this book when she was in fifth grade.  I think that it would be appropriate for middle school students in general, depending on their reading level.  Heartbeat is a simple story told through poetry about Annie, a twelve-year-old who loves to run and loves to draw.  Annie’s story involves her best friend and running partner, Max, her aging grandfather and the impending birth of her first sibling.  It was a great recommendation (and a very quick read).  Alexia also suggested Olive’s Ocean and Esperanza Rising.  I have to get going on some of our assigned reading before I read them.

It was so much fun to explore the YA section of Borders with Alexia.  I bought her and my other cousin, Elizabeth copies of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  We’re going to be doing an email-book club about it soon.  In fact, I need to write to her now about my response to Heartbeat.  I also encouraged my cousins to get The Absolutely True Diary  and I got The Book Thief  for my older cousin.  One last note on True Diary, I’m not sure if it’s clear yet, but I still think this is my favorite book of the semester.  I have bought copies for several friends and family members.  One of these friends suggested it for the next Ithaca City School District book club book – and it’s June’s book!  This month’s book is Young, Gifted and Black.  I think the discussion of True Diary will be sometime toward the end of June.  So exciting!


March 29, 2008

Calling for Clear, Specific Content

Filed under: FYI — jexter1 @ 10:31 pm

Check out this article in the AMERICAN EDUCATOR, a catalogue that my parents are subscribed to. My mom sent me this article and I have found it online for all of you to read. It highlights the fallacies in NCLB, the lack of support and information given to new teachers regarding expectations and curriculum, and the need to look beyond the “pedagogical fads.” If we as educators, including veteran educators, are aware of the problems, then why are they so difficult to rectify?

Enjoy! -Jessica

March 28, 2008

Real Life Quidditch

Filed under: FYI — allison @ 6:16 am

Hi all,

For all of you Harry Potter fans out there,  you’ll want to know about a feature on the Early show this morning. It’s about college Quidditch teams that are getting started this year. There’s no video on their website yet, and it hasn’t been broadcasted yet (I’m watching right now), but I’m sure there will be something on youtube later. Here’s an article about it.


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