YARN: The Young Adult Review Network
April 19th, 2014

darith3duh:

When Movie/TV Show Posters Resemble Young Adult Novel Covers.

Exhibit A:

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Novel) | Into The Storm (Film)

Exhibit B:

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (Novel) | Fargo (FX TV Series)

Guys. No One Else Can Have You is amazing! It is funny, dramatic, a wonderful depiction of small town life, and a mystery to boot. 

Read this!

Also, anything related to Fargo is A+.

~ Lourdes 

(via teenlibrariantoolbox)

pickeringtonlibrary:

Some new books to add to your 2014 TBR piles…

It’s still a great year for series, both new and ongoing, but if you’re in the mood for a story that begins and ends with one book, here are a few of the novels for (most of) the latter half of the year - ranging from science fiction and fantasy to paranormal to realistic contemporary - that have us intrigued. And of course they’re not the only ones on our radar - visit us on Goodreads to find many, many more! 

Follow the links to find copies of available books in our catalog:

Free to Fall, Lauren Miller

Everything Leads to You, Nina Lacour

Inland, Kat Rosenfield

Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern

Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn

Conversion, Katherine Howe

Fiendish, Brenna Yovanoff

(Don’t You) Forget About Me, Kate Karyus Quinn

Servants of the Storm, Delilah Dawson

Beware the Wild, Natalie Parker

Illusions of Fate, Kiersten White

Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer

Stitching Snow, R.C. Lewis

Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

Falling into Place, Amy Zhang

Kiss of Broken Glass, Madeline Kuderick

Bleed Like Me, Christa Desir

AHH! Seeing this list of YA books that have not come out yet is killing me. 

You can imagine then what happened to me yesterday after I started peeking about the 2016 YA releases: I was reincarnated - thrice. 

Being a bit dramatic are we, Lourdes?

No. No, I am not. 

YA does this to people. 

ebookporn:

Love to see 3M back a national eBook club run through local libraries. ~ eB

andersoncountylibrary:

Wise words from Albert Einstein. #loveyourlibrary #librarymonth #acllove #library #alberteinstein http://ift.tt/1g87Obk

This is why I own two Einstein t-shirts. 
~ Lourdes 

andersoncountylibrary:

Wise words from Albert Einstein. #loveyourlibrary #librarymonth #acllove #library #alberteinstein http://ift.tt/1g87Obk

This is why I own two Einstein t-shirts. 

~ Lourdes 

(via kingsbridgelibraryteens)

 

YARN staffer Lauren has provided great inspirational poetry for our #NPMRWC14 contest: 

Staffer Lauren here, with another #NPMRWC14 example entry, one way to enter our Random Word Contest is by uploading a picture to YARN’s Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr! Now we KNOW you can create something miles better, so get involved! The contest closes this SUNDAY!All the info you need (including what you could win!) is here: http://yareview.net/2014/03/random-word-contest/
Underlined words are taken from “the white witch’s heart” by Shirley Kuo:http://yareview.net/…/the-white-witchs-heart-spelling…/


Have you entered yet?
You have 2 DAYS LEFT!
Good luck!
~ Lourdes 

 

YARN staffer Lauren has provided great inspirational poetry for our #NPMRWC14 contest: 

Staffer Lauren here, with another #NPMRWC14 example entry, one way to enter our Random Word Contest is by uploading a picture to YARN’s Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr! 
Now we KNOW you can create something miles better, so get involved! The contest closes this SUNDAY!
All the info you need (including what you could win!) is here: http://yareview.net/2014/03/random-word-contest/

Underlined words are taken from “the white witch’s heart” by Shirley Kuo:http://yareview.net/…/the-white-witchs-heart-spelling…/

Have you entered yet?

You have 2 DAYS LEFT!

Good luck!

~ Lourdes 

April 18th, 2014
mindyraf:

Animated book covers are all over the place right now. And I really want in on this animated/gif book cover trend. Now I’m not a graphic designer. (I don’t even have photoshop on my computer right now). But today I realized that my brand new paperback cover will make the PERFECT GIF. AHHH!  AHHH! I know.
I wanted to do something super artsy and complicated -like spell out Insanity letter by letter- but I don’t have the skills/time. And really, this DIY-erase-the face is so much better!
I know what you’re thinking? “Mindy, that is a work of art! You should make book gifs professionally!” 
Thank you. Thank you so much! But I’m gonna stick to writing.
You’re welcome, tumblr. 

mindyraf:

Animated book covers are all over the place right now. And I really want in on this animated/gif book cover trend. Now I’m not a graphic designer. (I don’t even have photoshop on my computer right now). But today I realized that my brand new paperback cover will make the PERFECT GIF. AHHH!  AHHH! I know.

I wanted to do something super artsy and complicated -like spell out Insanity letter by letter- but I don’t have the skills/time. And really, this DIY-erase-the face is so much better!

I know what you’re thinking? “Mindy, that is a work of art! You should make book gifs professionally!”

Thank you. Thank you so much! But I’m gonna stick to writing.

You’re welcome, tumblr. 

mindyraf:

Hey  andimjulie ! Your cover was much easier to make! : ) : )

So cool! Also a great read.~ Lourdes

mindyraf:

Hey  andimjulie ! Your cover was much easier to make! : ) : )

So cool! Also a great read.

~ Lourdes

YARN staffer Lauren has provided great inspirational poetry for our #NPMRWC14 contest: 

Staffer Lauren here, with another #NPMRWC14 example entry, one way to enter our Random Word Contest is by uploading a picture to YARN’s Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr! Now we KNOW you can create something miles better, so get involved! The contest closes this SUNDAY!All the info you need (including what you could win!) is here: http://yareview.net/2014/03/random-word-contest/
Underlined words are taken from “the white witch’s heart” by Shirley Kuo:http://yareview.net/…/the-white-witchs-heart-spelling…/

Have you entered yet?
You have 3 DAYS LEFT!
Good luck!
~ Lourdes 

YARN staffer Lauren has provided great inspirational poetry for our #NPMRWC14 contest: 

Staffer Lauren here, with another #NPMRWC14 example entry, one way to enter our Random Word Contest is by uploading a picture to YARN’s Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr! 
Now we KNOW you can create something miles better, so get involved! The contest closes this SUNDAY!
All the info you need (including what you could win!) is here: http://yareview.net/2014/03/random-word-contest/

Underlined words are taken from “the white witch’s heart” by Shirley Kuo:http://yareview.net/…/the-white-witchs-heart-spelling…/

Have you entered yet?

You have 3 DAYS LEFT!

Good luck!

~ Lourdes 

TEN TIPS FOR READERS AND WRITERS:

1. Look for an older magical negro or noble savage.


2. Notice a smart/good peer from a marginalized group who serves as a foil for a flawed hero. 


3. Check the cover or illustrations for misrepresentations of exoticization or whitewashing.

4. Ask when and how race is defined, if at all.

5. Notice if the setting, plot, and characters are in charge of the casting (because they must be.)

6. Pay attention to how beauty is defined (i.e, straight, silky hair; big, wide eyes, etc.)

7. Check for a “single story” that identifies a community or person on the margins of power.

8. Notice the presence of bridge characters.

9. Ask who has the power to bring about change and who has the power to be changed.

10. Question the storyteller’s (your) authenticity, privilege, and power, but not for the purposes of setting up an arbitrary apartheid system about who can tell the story.

YARN Alum Mitali Perkins ~ It’s Just Fiction: Reading and Writing about Race, Culture, and Power

At the recent Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, MI, I had to tweak a presentation I’ve given over the past several years. A previous version focused on empowering writers with questions related to race, culture, and power to ask of ourselves and our stories. The Festival brings together writers and readers, so I presented “Ten Tips To See
 ‘Below the Waterline’ of Stories,” hoping that they might be useful while reading another person’s story as well as in the revision of one’s own work.

My goal is for us to SEE themes related to race, culture, and power with our conscious minds. Fiction is powerful, as propagandists know, and a “single story” of a group of people (as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eloquently argued) transmitted “below the waterline” can be dangerous.

For me, none of these lead to a deal-breaker when it comes to a book. In fact, I hate censorship.  I want to encourage us to see the powerful act of storytelling through slightly different eyes. It’s helpful to consider the perspective from the margins, and to comprehend that the privilege of power (whether derived from class, nationality, education, accent, ethnicity, etc.) often enables us not to see.

lostinurbanism:

James Baldwin

lostinurbanism:

James Baldwin

(via politicsprose)