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    Grasshopper Jungle

    Grasshopper Jungle
    Admittedly, this is not the best place for a book review.  But selfishly, I want more people to read this book so I can talk about it.  I'm a grown-up.  When I read YA fiction (which is almost exclusively what I read), I often try to think if teens I know would like it.  With this book, I knew most teens would enjoy it, and, as much I hate to say it, especially boys.  Not because books are "guy picks" or "chick flicks" but because boys are so often misrepresented in books.  I've never felt so much like I crawled into the skin of a 17-year-old boy as... Read More »

    Tags: Andrew Smith, books, Grasshopper Jungle, reviews

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    Literacy Portraits

    Agape photo shoot
    In order to promote literacy and promote families, the Saint Paul Public Library is hosting Family Literacy Portrait Sessions.  Each family will have their portrait taken while reading, a 5x7 print of their family, and a frame to decorate.   The portrait sessions started today at Agape High School, a Saint Paul Public School for teens who are pregnant and/or parenting. (The photographer is the amazing Amy Wurdock.) It was a wonderful morning filled with beautiful smiles, babies, and books.   Read More »

    Tags: Agape, Babies, books, Portraits

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    Carrie Mesrobian

    Carrie Mesrobian
    Have you read Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian? She's teaching writing workshops here at the library! Here's how she describes the workshops: Sex and sexual identity, eating disorders, sexual assault, post-traumatic stress, drug and alcohol addiction, self-harm, mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and death and dying have long been subjects both writers and readers have been fascinated by – but that doesn’t mean tackling these topics is easy. In this class, we’ll explore difficult subjects close to our hearts and how we can spin them into fiction that is realistic and complex. Here's where you can catch one of her workshops: Hamline Midway Library, Sat, May 10, 2:30 pm
    Merriam Park Library, Sat, June 7, 1 pm
    Dayton's Bluff Library, Sat, June 14,... Read More »

    Tags: authors, books, Carrie Mesrobian, writing

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    Book Review: Brewster by Mark Slouka

    Confession: I work with teens in a library setting, but I'm not generally a huge fan of YA books. *Boo* Hiss* I know, I know. Keep in mind there are exceptions, for one, I loved Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. (Ms. Rowell, by the way, is doing multiple Read Brave events in St. Paul this week that you should definitely check out if you can.) But in general, books marketed as Young Adult don't work for me. Even when I was in the target audience, you could usually find me reading adult fiction. It might be because I did not like high school, so spending more time there in any capacity is not appealing to me. Even YA fantasy, taking place well outside of the dreary, cinder block reality that is high school, still traffics in unavoidable high school emotions and... Read More »

    Tags: Alex Awards, books, Read Brave

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    Have you read Eleanor & Park yet?

    Eleanor & Park
    Rainbow Rowell will be back in town in less than a month! I'm excited. (There's still time to read her book - pick it up at your nearest library.) You can see her schedule of events here. I'm most excited for the Como Conservatory event on the night of Thursday, February 27. I love going to the Conservatory during the winter, and I think it will be a neat place to see an author talk. Hope to see you there! Read More »

    Tags: books, Read Brave