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#FactsMatter Primer: The What, Who, and Why of Middle Grade and Teen Nonfiction

The overarching theme for 2021 here at TLT is #FactsMatter. Our goal is to take a deep dive into middle grade and teen/young adult nonfiction. We’ve already had a lot of great posts and will continue this deep dive throughout the year. Today I am taking you through a little bit of a walk through of what that journey has looked like for me personally as a public librarian. Here’s a little primer about the what, who and why of middle grade and teen nonfiction and why it matters.

Did You Know That Nonfiction Can Be Broken Down into Various Types of Nonfiction?

When I began my quest to learn more about nonfiction, I recently stumbled upon the realization that nonfiction is generally divided into 5 types of nonfiction. I was definitely aware of some of it; for example, I am very aware of narrative nonfiction. But the overall discussion was fascinating to me as I took a deep dive into the depths of nonfiction. A great resource when seeking to learn more about nonfiction can be found in educator Melissa Stewart. She has an overview of the 5 Types of Nonfiction here: https://www.melissa-stewart.com/img2018/pdfs/5_Kinds_of_Nonfiction/2_5KNF_an_Update.pdf. I recommend poking around her website to learn more about particularly middle grade nonfiction. It’s a great resource and just like with fiction reader’s advisory, knowing what kinds of nonfiction are out there and how they connect with readers can help you connect readers to the nonfiction in your collection.

Who Gets to Write Nonfiction?

This year as we are focusing more on talking about and elevating nonfiction as part of our #FactsMatter project, I was interested in this article in Horn Book about the challenges the BIPOC writers face. More Than a Footnote by Carole Boston Weatherford talks specifically about the challenges that nonfiction authors of color face when trying to break into the nonfiction book market for kids. In addition to just being an all around good discussion, I also learned a bit about some more titles and authors to seek out. You can read that article here: https://www.hbook.com/?detailStory=more-than-a-footnote-challenges-for-bipoc-nonfiction-authors. As we talk about nonfiction, I think it is also important for us to explore who is writing the nonfiction that we share.

Promoting diverse authors is always important in matters of representation but also, there is something to be said about authority and authenticity when it comes to nonfiction as well as fiction. I know that for me, as a woman, I appreciate reading nonfiction about women’s history more when it comes from an author who understands the emotional connection and has more first hand experience about what it means to be a woman in this world than when a man writes about the same topic. That first hand knowledge and experience can make all of the difference in how facts and data are applied to real life experiences. Facts matter, research matters, but so does having the ability to put those facts into a real world context.

How Do We Fight Misinformation?

The last few years have really highlighted the importance of quality nonfiction. Misinformation and outright conspiracy theories have played a huge and important role in everything from local politics to the recent insurrection at the nation’s capitol. Now that same misinformation is being used across the country in support of vast legislation that has the potential to dramatically change the landscape of our voting rights. The Atlantic has an article on what libraries can – and can’t – do to fight the QAnon conspiracy phenomenon. You can check that out here: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2021/02/how-librarians-can-fight-qanon/618047/.

Here are some more articles on libraries trying to fight disinformation:

https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/42517488/Why%20Librarians%20Cant%20Fight%20Fake%20News.pdf?sequence=1

I think the idea of how, exactly, librarians can help fight misinformation in the 21st century is of particular interest, and importance, and is part of the reason why we set out here at TLT to embark on this project. And though I don’t think that information literacy alone will save us, I think it’s always a good goal. Next time, I will highlight some organizations that have the specific goal of addressing information literacy and misinformation.

Take 5: 5 of the Best Books I’ve Read in 2020, Nonfiction Edition

I personally tend to read far more fiction than I do nonfiction, though that it something that I am personally working on changing. And as you may have heard, TLT has decided to make the intentional effort to highlight and review more nonfiction in 2021 as part of our #FactsMatter project.

You Too? 25 Voices Shares Their #MeToo Stories by Janet Gurtler

Publisher’s Book Description:

A timely and heartfelt collection of essays inspired by the #MeToo movement, edited by acclaimed young adult and middle-grade author Janet Gurtler. Featuring Beth Revis, Mackenzi Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer Brown, Cheryl Rainfield and many more.

When #MeToo went viral, Janet Gurtler was among the millions of people who began to reflect on her past experiences. Things she had reluctantly accepted—male classmates groping her at recess, harassment at work—came back to her in startling clarity. She needed teens to know what she had not: that no young person should be subject to sexual assault, or made to feel unsafe, less than or degraded.

You Too? was born out of that need. By turns thoughtful and explosive, these personal stories encompass a wide range of experiences and will resonate with every reader who has wondered, “Why is this happening to me?” or secretly felt that their own mistreatment or abuse is somehow their fault—it’s not. Candid and empowering, You Too? is written for teens, but also an essential resource for the adults in their lives—an urgent, compassionate call to listen and create change.

Karen’s Thoughts: This is a difficult but important read for teens and anyone else who lives in this world. Here 25 people, including teens authors like Beth Revis and Cheryl Rainfield share their personal experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and assault. As each person shares their personal stories, we learn more about the truth of this issue in our world and how to navigate these painful conversations to help change the world for future generations.

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Publisher’s Book Description:

Stamped traces the history of racism and the many political, literary, and philosophical narratives that have been used to justify slavery, oppression, and genocide. Framed through the ideologies and thoughts of segregationists, assimilationists, and antiracists throughout history, the book demonstrates that the “construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, whether financially or politically,” and that this power has been used to systemically and systematically oppress Black people in the United States for more than four hundred years.

Karen’s Thoughts: I remember learning about racism and the Civil Rights movement more than 30 years ago when I was in high school, and this year we have seen both a rise in violent hate crimes that are racially motivated and in a new growing movement that boldly proclaims that Black Lives Matter and we need to keep doing the work of breaking down systemic racism in all areas of our world. Here Ibram X. Kendi taps prolific YA author Jason Reynolds to make his more scholarly work on racism in America accessible to a younger audience. Each section of the book is divided into historical time periods and takes a deep look at issues that kids today may not know about. It’s another uneasy but necessary read, and in the more than capable hands of Jason Reynolds it’s an amazing nonfiction work for our times.

Super Sleuths: Solve This! Forensics by Kate Messner

Publisher’s Book Description:

C.S.I. meets National Geographic in this forensics-filled adventure. Examine the evidence and consider the suspects to put your crime-solving skills to the test.

Calling all budding sleuths! Solve your way through each entertaining, imaginary G-rated mystery to explore the forensic science of investigating and analyzing evidence. You’ll study smudges on a computer keyboard, dust for fingerprints, examine bite marks on a discarded snack, analyze toxicology tests on blood samples, and much, much more. Piece together the clues to see if you can solve each case.

Fans of true crime dramas, escape rooms, mysteries, and preeminent author Kate Messner will love this introduction to forensic science.

Karen’s Thoughts: Regular readers know that my teenage daughter is in the process of applying to college to major in forensic science, which means that my house if full of books about murder, serial killers, poisons and more. This is a fun little look at forensic science that helps us share the older kids passion with the younger sibling with less . . . graphic details. It explains the science and has fun puzzles to solve. Plus, it’s Kate Messner, who can always be trusted to do her due diligence when it comes to researching and writing juvenile nonfiction.

True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy Otis

Publisher’s Book Description:

“If I could pick one book to hand to every teen—and adult—on earth, this is the one. True or False is accessible, thorough, and searingly honest, and we desperately needed it.” —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A former CIA analyst unveils the true history of fake news and gives readers tips on how to avoid falling victim to it in this highly designed informative YA nonfiction title.

“Fake news” is a term you’ve probably heard a lot in the last few years, but it’s not a new phenomenon. From the ancient Egyptians to the French Revolution to Jack the Ripper and the founding fathers, fake news has been around as long as human civilization. But that doesn’t mean that we should just give up on the idea of finding the truth.

In True or False, former CIA analyst Cindy Otis will take readers through the history and impact of misinformation over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. Then, she shares lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, perhaps most importantly, how to understand and see past our own information biases, so that we can think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.

True or False includes a wealth of photo illustrations, informative inserts, and sidebars containing interesting facts and trivia sure to engage readers in critical thinking and analysis.

Karen’s Thoughts: This book chilled me to the bones. Cindy Otis takes a deep dive into the history of fake news and propaganda, both past and current. There are lots of important tips for how to analyze your news sources included. One of the chilling facts you will learn is that Americans and outside agitators purposefully create and use fake news websites to destabilize our country, but in the case of some of the American websites it’s really just college kids with lots of student debt creating websites to make lots of money quick and easy. I also learned that fake news websites were shared far more than real new websites in the 2016 election and that although both parties engage in the creation of fake news and propaganda, the conservative party tends to do so at a much higher rate than more liberal parties. Like You Too? and Stamped, this is a profoundly important and vital work of nonfiction designed to help us navigate one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Pocket Change Collectives: Various topics and authors

These are a collection of short, compact books on a wide variety of topics. I am including them together because it’s hard to emphasize one when part of their appeal is the format and size. You can read Amanda MacGregor’s review on these books here.

So these are my favorite nonfiction books for the year, which means I have now shared 10 of my top 20 reads of 2020. You can read my first Top 5 list for 2020 here. Join us next Monday for my next batch of 5. And tell me in the comments, what’s your favorite nonfiction of 2020?

#FactsMatter: The 2021 Project Focusing on Nonfiction and Information Literacy

At TLT, we have often focused on middle grade and young adult fiction when we talk about books. But if there is anything that the last year of our lives have shown us, it’s that we have done our world a disservice. We have done our youth a disservice. Each year Teen Librarian Toolbox announces a yearly project, an area of focus to guide us. This year we will be focusing on juvenile and teen nonfiction and information literacy. This doesn’t mean we won’t continue to talk about, read, and review fiction, it just means that we will be working hard to highlight nonfiction titles as well.

And we could use your help, as always, with our yearly project.

If you are an author, a teacher, a librarian or a publisher, please contact us to write a guest post, talk about your book, or share what you are doing in the classroom or in your libraries to help your youth become informed consumers of information. Share your favorite resources, tools, etc. If you have a topic that fits and want a space to share it, we are here for you.

If you would like to participate by writing a post, please fill out this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7-unzEqgqmOZdwKa_0hZ5NOa_Q1gFlzGpkmnJvsDqfdY90w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Keep checking back here as we will try and update this post periodically with links to all of the posts after 2021 kicks off, so that all the posts are in one place.

Join TLT as We Interview Kate Moore, author of The Radium Girls on Tuesday, October 27

Tomorrow, October 27th at 6:00 PM Central, I will have the honor of interviewing author Kate Moore about her book, The Radium Girls.

About THE RADIUM GIRLS

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives…

Join us on Tuesday for a discussion by registering here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f5xjGiXoQi6cMRtn6OpkmQ

Book Review: Holy Spokes: a biking bible for everyone by Rob Coppolillo (with a TPiB)

It’s January, which means your TV is being flooded with weight loss ads and 1 out of every 1 person it seems is making a resolution to lose weight and get in shape.  Cycling is a great way to do that.

When The Mr. and I were dating, we spent a lot of time – at times almost daily – cycling through the canyons in California.  This was the first I had ever done it, and yes, I did it for a guy, but it turned out to be a lot of fun and living in the suburbs now, I miss those adventures.  I started out knowing exactly nothing about buying my first bike, what the various gears meant, and how to be safe.  Oh how I could have used this book!

Holy Spokes is divided into several informational chapters that include a brief history of the bike, finding your book type, and more.  There is some discussion about the environmental impact (or lack there of) in using a bike as opposed to a car and a look at using your bike for work.  Think Premium Rush starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (or if you are older, Quicksilver starring Kevin Bacon).  Also – movie tie-in!

Some interesting facts learned from Holy Spokes:

  • Many cyclists shave their bodies while racing, not for aerodynamics, but to aid in first aid and recovery in the event of a crash.
  • Crumpling your race number before pinning it on your jersey will help prevent it from keeping air and becoming a drag, literally.
  • There are bikes that fold to make commuting easier.

The one draw back to Holy Spokes: Lance Armstrong.  Holy Spokes was published just a few days ago,
right as the proverbial doodoo was hitting the fan for Armstrong.  He is, of course, mentioned in the book.  There is a brief mention of his wins with a disclaimer regarding “Lance Armstrong’s Dark Cloud”, which as we all know finally burst.  However, this is by no means the focus of the book and does not negate the depth and coverage of the information presented on the topic of biking.

Holy Spokes looks at all types of bikes, and all types of biking, from those who just want a leisure ride to those who want to cycle competitively.  What type of book you need depends on what you want to do with it.  Picture from Zestbooks.net

Holy Spokes is published by Zest Books (I am a fan), which means that it is presented in a way that is quick and easy to read while being engaging and informative.  There are information inserts, some short stories and interviews, and a few line illustrations that help you define and label various parts of a bike.  High recommended.

TPiB

True story: I once had a bike festival at a library I worked at. It took a ton of work by a great committee, but we put it together.  A team of BMX stunt riders came and did a show in the section of the parking lot that we had closed.  The local police can come out and talk bike safety.  Do a giveaway for some bike helmets and, if you can get a generous donation or a grant, a bike.

You can do bike related crafts from the very simple to the more sophisticated, like using fabric markers to design your own bandanas.  For the simple, make a huge bicycle mural out of butcher paper on the wall and have tweens and teens decorate the bike.  Thinks stinkers!  For younger kids, it could even become a fun bike version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Put the Sticker on the Bike.  You can even use discarded magazines (Eco Craft Alert!) to make your own stickers as part of your event.  Information here.

If you have a big enough space you can set up a fun tricycle obstacle course and have teens race to see who can complete the course first without banging their knees completely off.

We have a local pizza vendor set up in the parking lot and they were selling slices and cans of pop.  It really was a fun little parking lot festival with a few indoor activities designed to move people into the library to browse so they didn’t just watch the BMX team in the parking lot and leave without thinking about using the library.

If you want to make a health festival out of it you can have a martial arts demonstration, someone talking nutrition, etc.

Holy Spokes, a Biking Bible for Everyone by Rob Coppolillo.  Published January 22, 2013 by Zest Books. ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-23-2.

P.S. I looked, but I didn’t have any pictures of The Mr. and I during our biking phase.  It’s hard to ride and snap pics.  Plus, it was long enough ago that we didn’t have smart phones.  Yes, I realize I just aged myself.

Book Review: Uncool, a Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In by Erin Elisabeth Conley

The Unrules:
  • Be kind to your fellow misfits.
  • Believe that black is a color suitable for any occasion, worthy of even being added to the rainbow.
  • Think.  Be.  Think and be different.
  • Throw caution to the wind.  Take chances with fashion, hobbies, hopes, and dreams.
  • Be OK with wearing things that your mother, grandmother, or nosy old neighbor thinks are ugly.
  • Don’t be afraid to look weird.
  • Write a blog.  Make a documentary film.  Publish a zine.  Learn the accordion.  Build a radio-controlled blimp.
  • Express your individuality in a healthy, creative way.
  • Let your inner geek speak- whether it’s through music, art, science, origami, circus school, or whatever.
  • Do something slightly risky (but never dangerous) every once in a while.  Take up the sport of spelunking (cave exploring), or invite your gym teacher to join you for lunch.
  • Have patience with people who are different from you.  (You know, the ones who are so “normal” they’re practically clones.)
  • Find something to believe in, a worthy cause of sorts.  Volunteer and invest some genuine spirit into it.
  • Feel free to pop over to the Dark Side, but don’t move there.
  • Orbit Planet Normal in your mother ship, but don’t inhabit it.
  • Don’t change just because someone else thinks you should.
  • Know that even though you may misfit, there is always someplace you are welcome in the world.

Uncool, a 2009 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, is a fun and active read for teen girls who are always faced with the pressure of fitting in and bending to the whims of everyone’s opinions, whether it’s the media or family and friends.  When you know that you are not stepping to the same tune as everyone else, life is always difficult, and the humor that runs rampant throughout the book helps give girls already anxious about issues like appearance, clothing, cliques, and being themselves a lift and an easy way to navigate through some of the tougher waters.


Containing recommended book lists and playlists, Mad Libs for thinking through issues, and activities for handling situations in non-confrontational ways, Uncool engages readers into making active insights into the world around them.  It encourages the inner weirdness in all of us in a positive way, without shining rainbows and glitter over the negatives of middle school and teen life.  A lack of an appendix for additional resources (websites or readings), and its nonstandard size are the only negatives for adding it to a library collection- at 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches it’s perfect for a teen to carry around in a purse or backpack unnoticed, but it’s going to be hard to keep track of on traditional library shelving.
I can definitely see using this in library programming, paired with fiction books such as the ones listed on our Top Ten Books Dealing with Body Image, or with programs on self esteem, or as part of “spa days” for teens.  Get some of the Mad Libs or other writing activities blown up, create a playlist on your iPod with some of the recommended songs, and go to town for your program opener.  Lead with a discussion of where things stand in books and media before creating body salts or killer robots for crafts.
Some totally “Uncool” role models to share with teens:
Daria, from the awesome animated series from Mtv
Lisa Simpson, from the Simpsons animated series
Georgia Nicolson, from author Louise Rennison
Kat, from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You
Bridget Jones, from the books and the movies
And let us not forget one of the coolest Uncool people out there, Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Share your favorite “Uncool” female role models for us in the comments.

Retro Movies with Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) by Mimi O’Connor

Retro can be cool.  And let’s face it, there are some great classic movies out there.  In fact, a lot of our ya lit, TV shows and movies like to drop those classic movie references in there and sometimes, teens can be lost.  But don’t fear – there is a book to help! Isn’t there always?

Reel Culture: 50 Classic Movies You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends) outlines 50 significant movies from 1938 to 1991. This is a great browsing titled put together in chronological order.  It is an interesting look at some of the classic movies that helped define our culture at the time; the movies that we keep going back to time and time again.  Each title has about a 2 to 3 spread that outlines the movie, answers what all the fuss is about and tells you the stuff that people are still talking about.  Reel Culture than gives you a few significant quotes from each movie: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” (p. 13)

Reel Culture is part of Zest Books Pop Culture series (which also includes Scandalous, The End, Dead Strange, and How to Fight, Lie and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date).  Each book in the series has the same browsable format with insets of pictures, interesting facts and more.  Although teens will enjoy flipping through these titles, they will appeal to adults as well and they provide some good basis for teen programming.  Read on for some specific programming examples.

True story: During my senior year of high school I may have been suffering from what is commonly referred to as “Senioritis”. It’s a real disease, I swear to it. Anyhow, my teacher gave us a list of books to choose from to read and do a book report on. I picked the shortest book on the list, which happened to be Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the inspiration for the movie Apocalypse Now (It’s in the book!). It didn’t hurt that I was in love with Martin Sheen and wished he was my dad. Anyhow, long story only moderately short: That was the best stinking book I had read and I ended up doing the best book report ever. I never have been very good at slacker moments.  But it certainly can be some interesting discussion of how some movies are inspired by books even if they aren’t a direct book to movie adaptation.

Here are just a few of the programming ideas you can tie in with Reel Culture:

  • Book to Movie book discussion groups (The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) 
  • Movie marathons (80s, Horror, Prom)
  • You can use some of the information to create contests both online and in-house: Most Iconic Characters, Top Movie Couples, Legendary Oscar Moments, Movie quotes
  • Since the book only goes up to 1991, have teens add their own titles to represent later years.

Have a Flashback Party:
Show movies in the background
Bust out some retro boardgames and do some retro crafts. Think modge-podge, sock monkeys, and more.  There are some ideas in this Flashback Fridays post.  Some fun retro games you may want to include are Battleship, Clue, Uno, Yahtzee, etc.

Have a Disco Party:
Truthfully, you probably can’t show Saturday Night Fever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it.  You can use discarded cds and foam flower balls to create disco balls.  Just break the cds up and glue them to the foam flower ball and voila’, a disco ball.  Do some 70s Karaoke and be sure and YouTube some Disco moves.

 

An 80s Party Would Be, Like, Totally Fun:
One of my favorite movies included in Reel Culture is The Breakfast Club.  I think this is still an important and relevant movie for today’s teens.  You can have teens dress us up in 80s fashion and come view the movie.

An Oompa Good Time:
With Willy Wonka playing in the background, have a chocolate making and tasting program.  Or do a dessert version of Iron Chef using various candies, graham crackers, whip cream, marshmallow cream and more.  I have done this and it rocked! The teens loved it and begged to do it again.:

Social Media:
You can use your social media sites to share quotes, do short quizzes and more for an online movie festival during the award season.  In fact, create your own Teen Movie Awards and give your teens the chance to nominate and vote on their favorite movies during this time.

Film Wise is one of my favorite websites for movie lovers, and would be a great addition to your Reel Culture social media campaign.  They have a quiz called Invisibles where the main character is erased from a screen shot of a movie scene and you have to guess what movie it is.  There are a wide variety of movie quizzes and activities that would tie in nicely here.

Tapping into Teens Creativity:
And don’t forget that you can get teens to use their tech to create their own mini movies.  Have them act out scenes, create movie trailers and more.  The iPhone has a great app called iMovie that makes it easy to create movie trailers to share. 

You can also  tap into your teens creativity by having them make movie posters for their favorite books and sharing them online and in house.  One of my favorite Tumblrs is the Minimal Movie Posters, which are both a great example and another fun thing to share using your social media sites.  You can also check out Tech Blog which has 42 Awesome Minimalist Movie Posters.

What movie related programming have you done?  Tell us about it in the comments.

A “Zest” for Teen Nonfiction: Your TLT Zest Books HQ

During the month of November TLT is going to be talking about Teen Nonfiction and Science Fiction.  As part of our celebration we are doing a special project with Zest Books for the week of November 11th-17th.  During this week we will be reviewing several of their titles, giving you ready made programs to use with their books, and sharing some of our own personal stories inspired by their titles.
 *  Book Reviews  *  Teen Programs in a Box  *  Booklists  * Giveaways  *
If you are not familiar with Zest Books, these are great Teen Nonfiction titles because they are quick yet heartfelt teen reads that are packaged perfectly for their audience.
Oh, and did I mention that we will be having several giveaways during this week where you can win a package of several Nonfiction titles from Zest Books?  Well – we are!!!
Join us every day November 11th – 17th as we talk about the end of the world, our first crushes (and breakups) and share some amazing teen programming that includes fashion, babysitting and saving the Earth!
As we post new posts, they will be linked here for your convenience, making this your TLT Zest Books Headquarters.
Dear Teen Me, authors write letters to their teen selves edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally
The End, a look at books containing epidemics based on The End: 50 apocalyptic Visions from Pop Culture That You Should Know About . . . before it’s too late by Laura Barcella
 
 
 
 
Uncool (Book Review)
 
Girls Against Girls (Book Review and Discussion)