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"My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park" by Steve Kluger

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, December 27, 2009,

Imagine a novel set in a high school, with three main characters:  two boys and a girl.  Now imagine that I told you it was in the style of a classic teen romance.  All of these statements are true.  But my guess is that you imagined it all wrong.

Kluger has written a terrific teen romance for the modern age.  The two boys, TC and Augie, have called each other "brother" since they chose to become brothers at age six.  TC is a rabid Red Sox fan, while Augie's taste runs more toward musical thea...
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“Into the Wild Nerd Yonder: My Life on the Dork Side” by Julie Halpern

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, October 11, 2009,

The process of growing up requires just that—growing and changing and sometimes becoming someone completely new and completely different.  In the teen novel “Into the Wild Nerd Yonder,” author Julie Halpern explores that metamorphosis, both for the good and the bad it can bring. 


Our narrator is Jessie, a sophomore in high school who faces some awkward and difficult choic...

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So-Called Young Adult Literature

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Saturday, August 8, 2009,
Okay, I know that this title is a bit challenging, but it gets at an issue I want to address.  As a librarian for a PreK to Grade 8 school, I spend a good amount of time screening books that get labeled "young adult" or "adolescent."  In part, I like to make sure the subject matter is appropriate for our middle school aged children.  Some books deal very frankly with information that is completely appropriate for high school students, but much less so for 7th and 8th graders.  Sometimes, I am...
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Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?

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