LGBTQ Non-Fiction for Teens: A Collection Development Guide

“I read books about schools that have gay/straight alliance clubs.  These are fictional books.  And so I believe gay/straight alliance clubs must also be fictional. ” -A.S. King, Ask the Passengers A few months after starting my new position, I culled Deal With It!  A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a…

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See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles

What, exactly, is the ever-elusive “middle-grade” novel? Oh sure, that seems like an easy question, doesn’t it?  It’s a novel written for middle-school audiences.  But middle-school isn’t even the same everywhere.  In my community, middle-school is seventh and eighth grade only.  This is a great example of the larger question: where does “middle grade” fiction begin anyhow? …

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In Memoriam: Richard Azar

“The best part of Kentucky Fried Chicken is the mashed potatoes and gravy.  And the best part of the mashed potatoes and gravy is, of course, the spork.” I explain this to Richard, my boss at the library, with great relish.  He peers at me through his dirty glasses with a look I know all too well….

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