ALAN Real Quick Picks October 2016

      The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely (Simon & Schuster, 2016) Love is a language that is spoken in so many different ways. Kiely’s book is a love poem to forever love, first love, family love, questioning love, love … Continued

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Speak Loudly: Banned Books Week 2016

Every year during the last week in September, Banned Books Week provides readers with an excellent reminder of the importance of being able to have choice in their reading material. This is a freedom that should not be dismissed or … Continued

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2016 ALAN Workshop

The ALAN Workshop is the premier annual event for teachers, librarians, professors, and critics of young adult literature. Held each year on the Monday and Tuesday after the NCTE Annual Convention, the program consists of keynote speeches, moderated panel presentations, … Continued

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2016 ALAN Workshop Speakers

Authors (and editors/critics) at the 2016 ALAN Workshop Laurie Halse Anderson (Penguin Young Readers Group) M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press) David Arnold (Penguin Young Readers Group) Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group) Ali Benjamin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) *Lee … Continued

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A.S. King Is 2016 ALAN Workshop Keynote Speaker

A message from ALAN President Jennifer Buehler: I am thrilled to announce A. S. King as the keynote speaker for the 2016 ALAN Workshop. King’s work epitomizes this year’s workshop theme of innovation, vision, and risk taking. No matter which … Continued

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Remembering Author Lois Duncan

YA literature pioneer Lois Duncan died June 15 at her home in Florida. Her suspense novels, including the bestsellers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin, gave generations of teen readers their first taste of tightly plotted mysteries written … Continued

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ALAN Real Quick Picks June 2016

     Relationships – tender, troubled, romantic, complicated – are the focus for this issue’s Real Quick Picks. There’s something for everyone here, from young middle grade readers who will appreciate G. Neri’s Tru and Nelle, a fictionalized account of the … Continued

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Speak Loudly: Challenges to Looking for Alaska

The end of the academic year for public and private schools as well as brief breaks from college teaching provides bibliophiles with a chance to catch up on recent happenings in the world of book challenges. In addition to the trouble THIS … Continued

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YA Novels about Mental Illness

Diane Scrofano is a former high school English teacher and librarian who now works at a California community college. She recently did a sabbatical on the topic of mental illness in books for young adults.  Did you know that May … Continued

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Get Out the Vote!

The 2016 ALAN Elections committee includes Rick Williams (chair), Susan Groenke, Anne McLeod, Cindy Minnich, and Daria Plumb. Every election cycle, the problem is the same: Only a small percentage of eligible voters actually cast ballots. How can we increase the number of … Continued

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