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1. Prophecy by Ellen Oh (The Dragon King Chronicles #1)

PROPHECY by Ellen Oh Series: The Dragon King Chronicles Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: HarperTeen (January 2, 2013) Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope... Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the

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2. Printz Books for Tweens

I am currently serving on the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. We are considering books that are published in 2014, so while I can’t comment on any of those in this public forum, I thought it would be fun and beneficial to look back over previous Printz winner and honor books and see which might be appropriate for tweens.

The criteria for Printz includes books that are written for 12-18 year olds, which is a giant gap, developmentally-speaking. I think Printz committees tend to skew older in their choices, but there have been some years when titles for younger readers have won or received honors.

Some of these titles I read a long time ago and haven’t re-read, so let me know in the comments if I’m off the mark. Also, this list is by no means exhaustive, so please chime in on other Printz winner or honor titles you think would be appealing to tweens.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Printz Honor in 2014

Jack Baker, uprooted suddenly after his mother’s death, and Early Auden, the strangest of boys, meet at a Maine boarding school. Their friendship culminates in a treacherous quest and unexpected self-discovery. Vanderpool delivers an emotionally powerful novel in an untamed setting as the boys head up river in search of the Great Appalachian Bear.(annotation from the Printz committee)

One Whole and Perfect Day By Judith Clarke
Printz Honor in 2008

Freakish, thought Lily. That was the word for her family. Not freaks exactly, but getting there. Sometimes Lily wishes she weren’t so sensible. If she were less reliable, then perhaps she’d have more fun. As it is, her hardworking but flaky mom and her dreamy older brother count on her to run the house. She wishes things could be different, but how can she change her responsible ways? Perhaps, she thinks, she should fall in love!  (publisher description)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Printz Winner in 2007

Yang draws from American pop culture and ancient Chinese mythology in his groundbreaking work. Expertly told in words and pictures, Yang’s story in three parts follows a Chinese American teenager’s struggle to define himself against racial stereotypes. “American Born Chinese” is the first graphic novel to be recognized by the Michael L. Printz Committee.  (annotation from the Printz committee)

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
Printz Honor in 2006

In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention.  (publisher description)

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Printz Honor in 2005

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.  (publisher description)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Printz Honor in 2005

Not only is Turner Buckminster the son of the new minister in a small Maine town, he is shunned for playing baseball differently than the local boys. Then he befriends smart and lively Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves. Lizzie shows Turner a new world along the Maine coast from digging clams to rowing a boat next to a whale. When the powerful town elders, including Turner’s father, decide to drive the people off the island to set up a tourist business, Turner stands alone against them. He and Lizzie try to save her community, but there’s a terrible price to pay for going against the tide.   (publisher description)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Printz Honor in 2003

Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?  (publisher description)

Thanks to Beth Saxton (@BethReads)  and Ally Watkins (@aswatki1)  for brainstorming with me on this topic!

Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts? The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens.


Our cross-poster from YALSA today is Angela Frederick (@angelina41). Angela is currently a school librarian with Metro Nashville Public Schools; she has eight years experience working with teens in public libraries in Nashville and San Antonio.

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3. Middle Grade Maker Book Club

Timing is everything – right?

It isn’t often that the exact book you need is published exactly when you need it! Many of us are engaged in providing all types of maker spaces and maker programs from low-tech legos to minecraft, coding, and 3-D printers. Even storytime crafts are maker activities for the very young.

These new books by Bob Pflugfelder make a terrific school age book club/maker program in one for grades 3-6 and appropriate for school or public libraries. They are unlikely to win awards for literary merit, but they could win an award for kid appeal on many levels.

Siblings Nick and Tesla use their wits and their uncle’s workshop to invent cool gadgets using readily available stuff to overcome problems and obstacles and to ultimately solve a mystery. My reluctant readers are fighting my avid readers for these books!

Nick and Tesla’s high-voltage danger lab : a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms, and other gadgets you can build yourself

Nick and Tesla’s robot army rampage : a mystery with hoverbots, bristlebots, and other robots you can build yourself

Build an adventure.

Sarah Abercrombie
School Age Programs and Services

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4. Start Seeing Middle Grade (Part 1)

A 6th grade girl entered the library with a look of trepidation.  She needed a book for her independent reading time but was convinced there was nothing for her in our collection. As we talked she expressed the frustration of searching for books in the Young Adult collection of the local public library. She told me how nothing in that collection was right for her. Fortunately the Prairie Creek Intermediate School library is built around the needs and interests of the 800+  5th and 6th grade students who attend our school.   Of course we have YA titles on the shelves but we also have a large collection of materials intended especially for this unique audience.

Drawing distinctions between YA and middle grade literature is an important topic for librarians serving the upper range of the ALSC scope of attention (birth to age 14).  In a two part posting we’ll dig into the attributes of middle grade literature, the needs of these readers, and how to best serve them as a distinct group between early childhood and young adult. There has been much in the news about the tendency of mass media and the general public to refer to all children’s literature as Young Adult.  A few background readings for our discussion:

Jeanne Birdsall writes in the Horn Book about her own youth reading habits in Middle Grade Saved My Life.  She also comments on the trends in publishing for this age:

The immense success of young adult books, written for teens and known to everyone as YA, has been overshadowing the quieter middle grade category and, in some cases, threatening to subsume it.

Anne Ursu has been writing about the capacities of middle graders to handle serious stories told exclusively for them (sometimes more quietly). She has described this age as often being overlooked and under appreciated by the general public, reviewers, and sometimes their own parents.  How are children’s librarians doing in this regard?

I had the opportunity to share 5 questions with Anne on the IRA blog. Anne will be joining me for part 2 of this post, to be published in April. What questions do you have for Anne about writing for the middle grade audience? How do you provide great service and resources to middle grade patrons? What are the major barriers to serving middle graders in your library?  How can we get more people to see middle grade this year?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Speaking of great middle grade books – take a moment to download the Tween Recommended Reads list from the ALSC School Age Programs and Services Committee.

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5. Measuring Program Success

Working with tweens can be fun and also frustrating. My branch will have a large after school crowd of tweens but they’re not at the library to attend a program or hang out. Instead they are at the library to meet with a tutor, work on homework, or grab a book quickly before they rush off to their extracurricular activities. No matter how much we advertise programs to this age group, our attendance can sometimes be low. Or at least it feels low when we’ve put a lot of effort into planning a program that we hope will be a big success.

It’s hard to get caught up in numbers and statistics when it comes to programming. It’s also hard not to compare programs with each other. Sometimes I think about how we can get a group of 30 or more toddlers for storytime but I’m lucky if I can get a few tweens for a program.

But I can’t get caught up in measuring program success by numbers. Instead I focus on the stories. Like the middle schooler who came to every single Hunger Games program we provided last year, won the movie tickets in the giveaway, and came to the library this year and said “thank you so much for having those programs about The Hunger Games! They were my favorite and I met my best friend-and we’re still friends today and we met at the library.”

Or the tween who attended a recent program and was excited to win a set of books she hadn’t read yet.

Or the tween who gets excited to meet someone else who shares their interests when they thought they were the only one who liked Doctor Who, or Origami Yoda, or Cupcake Club.

When I feel down about tween programs and wonder what we could do better to reach this age group, I remind myself of all that we have provided for tweens and that we are successful. We are providing a place for tweens to come, meet other tweens, and participate in a program just for them-and that’s a success.

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6. Get Your Tween Recommended Reads Book List!

ALSC Tween Booklist

Download your free copy today! Image courtesy of ALSC

Looking for books for tweens? ALSC recently announced the release of a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year.

The Tween Recommended Reads list includes 25 titles chosen specifically to appeal to tweens and to encourage them to read. PDFs of the booklist are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute.

A big thank you to the 2013 ALSC School Age Programs and Services Committee who put together this awesome list!

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7. Origami Yoda

The tweens at my library love the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger. With so many fans, I knew this series would be great for a program. For my program inspiration, I used several of the activities in Art2-D2′s Guide to Folding and Doodling. I was nervous about putting on an origami program, because I am not very skilled at origami myself.

I set up the room with origami paper and additional supplies we would need for drawing our own comics as well as print outs of how to do some of the more difficult origami folds. Nine tweens gathered on a Sunday afternoon at my library to learn how to do origami and talk about the series.

We started the program out by talking about the book series and why they liked it (it’s funny and they liked the drawings throughout). About half of the group had read the books, the other half were attending the program either for the Star Wars or origami aspect. I started the group out with the simple five fold Origami Yoda that the author has posted to his website. This also gave me a good way to gauge how well the group could handle origami. Most of them had some trouble getting started but quickly figured it out. Once we made our Origami Yoda’s, we talked about the books some more and talked about favorite characters (Origami Yoda was the ultimate favorite character). While some of the origami was a bit complicated, the group stuck with it and they tried their hardest to complete Darth Paper and Origami R2-D2. In addition to origami, we made eraser Wookie’s and learned how to draw a simple Darth Vader helmet, both from the Art2-D2 book.

This was a fairly simple program with little supply cost, preparation and set up and it was a huge hit. I had to learn a bit of origami beforehand, and being crafty is not my strong suit. But the tweens didn’t care that I was learning along with them and we helped each other out in making various origami characters. The tweens loved gathering around a table, talking about a book series they enjoyed and learning to make origami. The most exciting part of the event was that it was very boy friendly and attended by an overwhelming majority of boys. Only one of my attendees was female and she attended because she was the younger sister of two of the attendees. It was a great way to bring boys into the library and show them all the library has to offer-and that we can have fun programs too.

At the end of the origami making, I was able to give away a copy of Art2-D2 as well as a signed copy of Origami Yoda I had picked up at a previous ALA conference. The group was very excited about the chance to win prizes and had a blast learning some new origami skills. It was a fun way to bring in tweens to the library and tie a book and craft program together. I learned not to be shy about my own lack of origami skills and to have fun with it. I can’t wait to have another origami event with the tweens.


Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts?  The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens.

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8. Seeing It From the Other Side: Programming

As you might recall from my blog post last month, I recently switched gears in my professional life. After eight years of working with teens in public libraries, I am now an elementary school librarian in a large, urban public school. I’ll be writing a series of blog posts about how the two jobs intersect. This month I’m discussing programming and how it relates to what I do in my current job.

When I was a teen services librarian, I had a love/hate relationship with programming. The thrilling highs when tons of happy faces exited the library after a successful venture didn’t always make up for the crushing lows when nobody showed up for the program I’d spent time and taxpayer dollars on.

Still, I had supportive management who let me try lots of different things and tailor my programming to whatever teens were asking for. When I sat down to figure out what I’d be offering in the coming months, I was only bound by my own imagination and what I knew would appeal to teens. Whatever worked I was free to continue, and whatever tanked, I was free to abandon. If the program served only to entertain teens, that was okay. There didn’t need to be an educational angle or goal to guide the program.

In my current job, “programming” isn’t part of the vernacular. It takes the form of “lesson planning” or “lesson collaboration” and needs to align with certain educational standards. So far what I have offered and been asked to offer looks a lot like storytime, which is okay by me. I love finding stories that appeal to the grade levels I’m serving. One thing I’ve had success with is using nonfiction picture books as read-alouds, which I will discuss in a future post.

I’m looking for ways that I can branch out beyond just the storytime/book club model (though those are worthy enough in their own right). I’ve been to some training sessions that have given me some good ideas and I’ve also started building a new school librarian/educator PLN (personal learning network) on Twitter and Pinterest. One goal I have is to offer hands-on learning experiences in the library.

One thing that programming or lesson planning have in common is appeal to an audience of young people. In either scenario, a librarian is trying to make a connection that helps the young person, whether it be through education, enlightenment, or pure entertainment.

Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts? The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens.


Our cross-poster from YALSA today is Angela Frederick. Angela is currently a school librarian with Metro Nashville Public Schools; she has eight years experience working with teens in public libraries in Nashville and San Antonio. She will be serving on YALSA’s Printz committee in 2014.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

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9. ALSC Presents Tween Webinar on Nov. 4

ALSC Online EducationYou have on more week to register for ALSC’s tween webinar. Between Storytime and the Prom: Tween Programming Fills the Gap presented by Amanda Moss Struckmeyer takes place on Monday, November 4 at 2pm Central. In this webinar, attendees will learn key qualities and features of high-quality ‘tween programs.

Amanda Moss Struckmeyer is the Head of Youth Services at the Middleton Public Library in Middleton, Wisconsin, where she has developed an ever-evolving buffet of programs for tweens.

ALSC personal members pay only $45! For more information on Between Storytime and the Prom: Tween Programming Fills the Gapfees and dates, please check out the ALSC site.

Questions? Please contact ALSC Membership/Marketing Specialist, Dan Rude, drude@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext 2164. For more information about ALSC webinars, please visit ALSC webinar page.

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10. Passive Programs for Tweens

The library I work in is on a very busy side of town. Our tweens tend to become very involved in after school activities and homework during the school year. While they still use the library, they tend to be here for tutoring, homework help, or just running in quickly to grab a book. Sometimes our programming for tweens can be hit or miss. But one thing that has become a popular hit with our school age group are passive programs. We put out passive programs several times a year and these are great for tweens on the go who only have a few minutes to spend with a program. A few of our recent ideas:


This has become a holiday tradition for both Halloween and Christmas. Many years ago the library received a Madeline dollhouse that my staff transform into a large I Spy House. The interior changes every year with new items to find. Sometimes it’s a list of items, sometimes it’s a puzzle with rhyming text, but no matter what the tweens love searching for all the times and seeing how fast they can find everything. Here’s a peek at what our Halloween house looks like this year:

I Spy House


Our tweens love scavenger hunts. They would do them all day if we had enough! We tie scavenger hunts into a lot of our programs because of their popularity. I’ve used them for our Hobbit Birthday celebration (find the hidden Hobbits around the library) or to kick off summer reading program (find the pyramids using various clues).

What I love about scavenger hunts is that it’s a tricky way to teach the tweens about the library. We recently made a scavenger hunt modeled after Upstart’s Duck Duck Dewey Game. We took pictures of each of the subject themed ducks and hide them on the shelf in each of the dewey locations. We then created a sheet that showed a variety of book covers they might find in each subject and the picture of the duck that matched with a short description about what that duck liked to read about. Tweens had to then write down what Dewey number they found the books. So many of our patrons commented that they loved this scavenger hunt because it helped them learn where to find books.

Passive programs work well for our tween audience and the tweens get really excited about discovering what’s new at the library. What are some of your favorite passive programs for tweens?


Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts?  The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens. 

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11. Seeing it from the Other Side

This summer, after working with teens in public libraries for seven years straight, I made a career change and now I am an elementary school librarian in a large urban school district. I will be writing a series of blog posts about my new position and the perspectives I’m gaining from my life on the school side of library services to children.

Jumping from one service group to another has been an enlightening experience, to say the least. My school serves children in grades K-4, so I’ve been switching gears to picture books, early readers and chapter books. The kids at my school can mostly be classified as struggling readers, but their enthusiasm for books and the library is very strong, and I hope that trend will continue with my help throughout the school year.

One big difference in this new job is that I am dealing with different stakeholders. At my last public library position, I served teens who wanted to be there and were interested in the materials and services we offered. Sometimes their parents directed their reading choices, but for the most part, they could check out whatever they wanted.

At the school library, most children want to be in the library, but we operate on a flexible schedule, which means each class doesn’t have a set time to visit the library each week. I have to remind many teachers to come by for a visit or check-out time. They have to fit so many things into their instructional day that library visits are on the back burner. 

For me, it is excruciating to greet eager faces in the hallway each morning who ask when their next visit to the library is, and not be able to give them a definite answer. I don’t want them to get the impression that I’m too busy for them or that I don’t want them to visit.  However, I am hopeful that this situation will improve as the school year moves along and the teachers continue to get to know me.

The other difference I notice is the nature of my relationship to the young people I work with, and the way I interact with them. As a public librarian, you do want to ensure the safety of the youth in your library, and encouraging them to follow the rules can be part of that. The teens and kids I worked with at the public library were a mostly well-behaved bunch (I know- how lucky was I?) so I very rarely had to speak to any of them in a stern manner or even remind them of the rules.

Now as an elementary school librarian, behavior management impacts my interactions with the kids. They need many reminders about the expectations for their behavior, and in between sharing my enthusiasm for books and reading, I find myself having to be the disciplinarian I never had to be at the public library. 

So far, I am really enjoying the change of pace that being in a school library has afforded me, and I can’t wait to share more of my experiences in the following months.

Are you interested in reading more tween-related posts?  The YALSA Blog and the ALSC Blog both offer information of interest to librarians who work with tweens.


Our cross-poster from YALSA today is Angela Frederick. Angela is currently a school librarian with Metro Nashville Public Schools; she has eight years experience working with teens in public libraries in Nashville and San Antonio. She will be serving on YALSA’s Printz committee in 2014.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

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12. Teens, Tweens, and Technology – What Are You Doing?

They’re in our libraries, on our computers.

But what, specifically, is the life of a tween or young teen like in this digital age? What are the particular challenges and opportunities they face online? And how do libraries help them?

We will explore these questions at the 2012 Presidents’ Program at ALA in Anaheim. It will be a joint affair between ALSC and YALSA. Michelle Poris (of Smartypants) and Stephen Abrams will be talking about tweens and young teens, exploring their use of technology, and asking the question “What should libraries be doing?”

But the real point of this post: what are YOU doing? How are you engaging with the digital lives of tweens and young teens at your library? We are calling for video submissions from librarians on the front line. We want to know: what worked? What didn’t? What did you learn? What will you try next?

Videos should be 2-3 minutes in length and created by librarians, for librarians. Show and tell us about an experience or project dealing with tweens and young teens and technology at your library. Here’s how to enter:

  • Post it on YouTube with the tag “youthprezprogram12”
  • Email co-chairs Tessa Michaelson Schmidt and Sarah Couri at tweenlibraryvideos at gmail dot com with the YouTube link and your contact information
  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, April 30, 2012 at midnight

All video entrants will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Selected videos will be shown at the 2012 ALSC and YALSA Joint Presidents’ Program in Anaheim! Speak up and speak out: how are you working with technologically active tweens and young teens?

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13. Boy Bands Are Back In Sync

It’s official, boy bands are bringing sexy back! No, we (sadly) don’t mean a ‘N Sync reunion, but rather a resurgence of male, mostly pop musical groups that tweens, teens, and even twenty-somethings are embracing. Call it boy bands 2.0 if... Read the rest of this post

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14. Katniss Barbie Should Come With Beauty, Brains, And A Badass Attitude

Katniss. Barbie. Those two names couldn’t summon more disparate images. Katniss — the main character from “The Hunger Games,” if you’ve been living under a rock — is a badass warrior who could care less about her appearance and just... Read the rest of this post

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15. Research Roundup: New Ypulse Report On Technology, Tweens’ And Teens’ Beauty Habits, College Savings Stats

Today we bring you another installment of the latest youth research available for sale or download. Remember if your company has comprehensive research for sale that focuses on youth between the ages of 8 and 24, email us to be included in the... Read the rest of this post

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16. Q&A With Dave Deluca, DoSomething’s New Head Of Campaigns

We recently chatted with Dave Deluca about his new role as Head of Campaigns for DoSomething, how to motivate teens to get involved, keep campaigns fun, and how organizations can spark the interest of teens. Among his key goals are listening to... Read the rest of this post

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17. March Madness For Sneaker Style

If you somehow haven’t noticed, March Madness is going on right now. Not only is it one of the greatest spectacles in sports, it’s also a sort of fashion show for sneaker heads. From Creighton’s Gregory Echenique’s hot pink kicks in honor of... Read the rest of this post

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18. Happy ‘Hunger Games’: The Film Adaptation Of The Book Is A Must-See

Ypulse was lucky enough to host an advance screening of “The Hunger Games” yesterday, and the response from the crowded theater was unanimous — the film is amazing! As many readers would be, I was nervous to see one of my favorite books of... Read the rest of this post

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19. Millennials ARE Green & Politically Conscious, Despite What The Media Says

In the past week, the media has been captivated by a study on Millennials by San Diego State University’s Jean Twenge, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Twenge has conducted research among students for the past few... Read the rest of this post

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20. Happy April Fool’s Day: Recap Of The Web’s Best Jokes & Pranks

If you open up most calendars, you’re not likely to find April 1st listed as an official holiday, but that doesn’t stop most of the western world from celebrating it in one way or another. Though the true origins of the day remain... Read the rest of this post

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21. YAB Review: ‘Up All Night’ By One Direction

We probably sound like a broken record saying that boy bands are back, but it’s true as male pop groups including the British band One Direction are topping the charts, selling out concerts, and producing record-breaking albums. If you... Read the rest of this post

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22. DoSomething’s ‘Bully Project’ Launches A Census Of Teens

We chatted with Naomi Hirabayashi and Chloe Lee at DoSomething about their new anti-bullying effort — a bullying census on Facebook tied with the release of the documentary “Bully.” They’re hoping not only to get an accurate picture of... Read the rest of this post

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23. Research Roundup: New Ypulse Report, Millennials Moving In With Parents, Teen Spending Recover

Today we bring you another installment of the latest youth research available for sale or download. Remember if your company has comprehensive research for sale that focuses on youth between the ages of 8 and 24, email us to be included in the next... Read the rest of this post

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24. Teen Tribes: Fan Clubs Take On New Meaning

Are you a Gleek? A Directioner? A Lovatic? A Belieber? There are hoards of teen tribes roaming the Internet and meeting up at pop culture events. Nowadays, every teen icon has its own posse that has often mobilized independent of the artist — and... Read the rest of this post

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25. New Ebook By Joe Sottile--101 SECRETS!

With this Ebook you will learn how you can help preteens in your life deal with emotional monsters in a constructive way. This self-help guide for tweens and adults offers suggestions, wisdom, and encouraging stories that will deflate the worse fears and habits of preteens. Preteens will learn to deal more effectively  with their worries, insecurities, anger, blame, bullies, and fear itself.

They will discover strategies for making friends, doing better in school, learning how to be happier and more purposeful in life—starting today! This is a must-read book for preteens, teens, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, principals, and all those adults who frequently guide the lives of children.

The 101 SECRETS! are designed to provide inspiration and hope for all tweens by a teacher of thirty-three years. Joe Sottile has taught over 1,000 students, and many of them claim that he was their “favorite teacher” because Joe knew and demonstrated these secrets, the power of words, and humor in the classroom every day.

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