Reviews: Brown Girl Dreaming and Shadowshaper

Woodson, J (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Nancy Paulsen. This unique and powerful memoir chronicles writer’s Jacqueline Woodson’s early life as an African American girl during the 1960s and early 1970s. She recounts her birth in Ohio to moving to South Carolina to live with her grandparents, and then later moving to Brooklyn. The … Continue reading Reviews: Brown Girl Dreaming and Shadowshaper

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Teens and Media: A Documentary Comparison

The main idea that was apparent throughout both Merchants of Cool and Generation Like was that there is a strong give-and-take relationship between marketing and teenagers. Even though libraries don't necessarily have anything to "sell" to teens, understanding what their trends are and how they react to different marketing tools is important to know. The … Continue reading Teens and Media: A Documentary Comparison

Shadowshaper

Older, D. J. (2016). Shadowshaper. New York, NY: Scholastic I chose Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older because it reminded me of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, which has been extremely popular with teens (and adults) for a number of years now. Here is a teenage girl in Brooklyn who discovers that her family is part … Continue reading Shadowshaper

Publisher Profile: Blink Young Adult Books

Blink Young Adult Books http://blinkyabooks.com/ Blink Young Adult Books is an imprint of Zondervan, which is a division of HarperCollins Publishing. It started in 2013 and prides itself on publishing "clean" Young Adult fiction and nonfiction. It explains that "clean" means that there is no cursing, drinking, sex, and only violence when its absolutely necessary. … Continue reading Publisher Profile: Blink Young Adult Books