Monthly Archives: April 2011

YA Blog Report — “A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy”

(As viewed somewhat appropriately by “Katy by the Fireplace”) Summary of the Blog and Its Themes: The young adult materials blog that I have chosen to follow over the course of the Winter 2011 semester is “A Chair, a Fireplace, … Continue reading

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Caroline B. Cooney: “Three Black Swans” and more

For my digital booktalk for Three Black Swans, click here. Between the ages of eleven and fourteen, I loved this author.  Caroline B. Cooney has written many novels for young adults and has written across several genres: mysteries, disasters, supernatural … Continue reading

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Romance, Religion, and WEREWOLVES — Katy’s Favourite Teen Romance Novel: “Blood and Chocolate” by Annette Curtis Klause

All right, in honour of supernatural romance/thriller week, I recommend my favourite young adult romance novel: Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause. Published in 1997, it predates the Twilight phenomenon by a decade, and yet explores many similar themes.  … Continue reading

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High School Zombies — “Generation Dead” by Daniel Waters

For supernatural romance/thriller week, I read Generation Dead by Daniel Waters.  The story was intriguing enough that I went onto Wikipedia to find out what happens in the sequels (Kiss of Life and Passing Strange), but I did not really … Continue reading

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Reading in Translation — Schoolwork or Entertainment?

Reading works in translation is either a pedagogical exercise or undertaken for pleasure, but rarely both.  Reading something translated word-for-word (or in close proximity thereof) might be great for learning a new language or for increasing one’s proficiency in said … Continue reading

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Teen Writing Venues — Web 2.0 and Writing as a Hobby

I started writing when I was eight years old, and I never really stopped.  That said, I don’t like sharing my work.  It’s a failing of mine that I don’t take criticism well (one which I’m trying to work on) … Continue reading

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Great Young Adult Materials Blog: “A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea-Cozy”

I would like to recommend the blog “A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea-Cozy“, which is maintained on the School Library Journal website.  It features reviews, opinion articles, news items, and advice for teachers and librarians. It is primarily a … Continue reading

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