October 15, 2017 at 6:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Here are my 2 professional book reviews.



Thomas, A (2017). The hate you give. New York, NY: Bray & Belzar: 978-0062-498-533 (ISBN)


The protagonist in this riveting novel is Starr Carter. Starr is living a double life, prep school kid in suburbia and another on the other side of the tracks in the hood. Straight out of the headlines of today’s newspapers, “The Hate U Give” tells a story that is relevant in today’s society. Starr’s world suddenly turns upside down. While reluctantly attending a party in the hood, Starr comes into contact with her closest childhood friend Khalil. Emotions get amped up when Khalil is shot dead by a white police officer during a questionable traffic stop. Starr’s  is overwhelmed by anger and guilt over the death of her fiend.

Angie Thomas encapsulates the Black Lives Matter movement gripping our country today. Harsh realities are spread out beautifully throughout the novel’s narrative by Thomas. It is the type of story that needs to be told it brings perspective to the difficult climate we’re living in today. The novel is full of interesting characters that bring color to this dynamic tale. This book is a must read.


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Ghost (Track Book 1) by [Reynolds, Jason]


Reynolds, J (2016). New York, NY: Atheneum Books: 180 p. 978 -1-4814-5015-7


Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw has a lot of hate inside (34). Ghost a nickname he gave to himself is being raised by his mother after circumstances at home go astray. This life leads to Ghost having what his principle calls altercations at school. One day while sitting in the park near the track field. Ghost is watching a local neighborhood track team called the defenders practice one day. When without provocation Ghost lines up and races the defenders fastest sprinter to a hundred yard dash and wins.

The coach takes notice of Ghost’s natural talent for sprinting and invites him to join the team. It goes without saying that maintaining his spot on the team will not be an easy task for Ghost. Altercations and situations constantly challenge coach’s patience and tough choices have to be made about Ghost’s position on the defenders. Reynolds ability to present a narrative in the voice of our protagonist makes for a wonderful read. The story mirrors that of so many teens growing up in similar situations in today’s society.

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Patina (Track Book 2) by [Reynolds, Jason]




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October 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Here is a YA lit. publisher from Canada that’s producing great YA materials.

Red Dear Press is a publisher of YA literature based in Ontario, Canada. They also publish upscale children’s books, and adult fiction and non-fiction. Red Dear has been in existence since 1975. They were purchased by Fitzhenry and Whiteside in 2000, but retain full autonomy of their publishing house. Their authors have won over 300 literary awards over the years, and citations for excellence throughout the years. Red Press has recently has gained notoriety in the young adult world with two Governor General’s Award nominations Leslie Joyce’s novel, “Jeremy Stone” and Beverly Brenna’s “The White Bicycle”.

The Red Dear Press website www.reddearpress.com  has many features that are easy to navigate. Feature’s a catalogues that contains a teacher’s guide, Canadian catalogue, and personal mailing list. Red Dear Press acknowledges the importance of social media, the website has links to the Canada Council for the  Arts, Ontario Art Council, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. In July 2017 Red Dear Press was acknowledged by BOOKFOX, www.thejohnfox.com/2017/07/30-best-young-ya-publishers/  as one of 30 young adult publishers eager for your book. Dawn Green’s book “How Samantha Smart Became a Revolutionary” is debuting in 2017 by Red Dear Publishing. Kirkus Reviews calls it “Action packed drama…A troubling gripping read”. This is just one of several exciting YA novels being published by Red Dear Press.

“Dawn Green provides a powerful heroine. . . (The story) is suspenseful and well-developed. Samantha?s story shows readers that the most unexpected moments and people can inspire hope and take on a power all their own if you have the courage to let them.”
the National Reading Campaign

         Green, D (2017). How Samantha smart became a revolutionary. Markham, ON: Red Dear Press. 978-088995-5493 (ISBN).

By: Freddie Rivera, GSLIS 739 Student


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October 10, 2017 at 1:23 am (Uncategorized)

Serrano,S (2015). The rap yearbook. New Yok, NY: Abrams Image books. Illustrated by Arturo Torres

“The Rap Year Book” tells the narrative of many teens lives in the today’s current climate. The juxtaposition this retrospective book creates are very telling.  Choices teens and adults make have consequences, we shouldn’t draw conclusions based solely on our beliefs. Listening is a great equalizer. The reactions and events that have transpired all over our country since rap music’s inception have been monumental. Laws have been created, barriers have been broken, and a new culture of teens has burst on the scene.

Teenagers in today’s society are more sensitive to the issue surrounding their everyday lives. They’re kind, caring, entrepreneurs, and volatile. A YA Librarian must act as a curator when choosing the books that go into their collections. A book like “The Rap Year Book” is great for any library collection, because it tells a story. in many cases it mirrors their own story. Teens benefit greatly when reading books that they can identify the issues being written about. Police profiling, racism, and social injustice especially are just some of the stories told in this narrative. Prevalent in this book the 1% attacks the genre and its artist with a blitz in order to regulate the genre. The 99% ers need access to these types of materials.


Coval, K (2015). The breakfast poets: new American poetry in the age of hip hop. Chicago, Ill: Haymarket Books. ISBN 9781608463958


Vincent,R. (1996). Funk, the music, the people, and the rhythm of the one. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin Publishers. ISBN 97803121344991





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Grade range: 13 to adult

These two items are very complimentary to “The Rap Year Book”. Funk may have been published in 1996, but artist faced the similar backlashes from society. Like rap music, funk music also changed the nation at a time when society was afraid of change. It is the perfect read alike book for teens, it will allow them to  identify with their current situation. Teens will be surprised to learn that teens struggles were not much different 20 years ago. Poetry, as we’ve learned in class has become a genre used by teens to express their messages to the masses. The power of poetry especially by teens through social media and poetry slams has swelled to a phenomenon nationwide. Teens will love “The Breakfast Poets”.



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October 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm (Uncategorized)

Thomas,A (2017). The hate u give. New York NY: Balzar and Bray,
an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers iSBN:9780062498533.

I choose this title because it’s a topic the resonates with the youths of today’s society. Minneapolis, St Louis, and New York are just a few of the cities where their have questionable police shootings of African American males have occurred. The outcomes are always the same, ” Police Officer Acquitted”, in shooting of young black male. Young people are frustrated and have taken to the streets in protest all across America. Movements like “Black Lives Matters” have developed and galvanized youths in order to lend a voice to this serious issue. The anger felt by teens in today’s society is real.

The need for diversity in library collections especially in the area of YA materials plays an important role in the development of this impressionable demographic. Making books on sensitive subjects available to teens in libraries, gives others teens an opportunity to read about issue from a different perspective. A perspective other than the one provided by media outlets that often times take the side of law enforcement. A good YA collection in our public libraries will always enhance the minds of the teens in our communities. A good book like “The hate u give” can used as a great teaching tool in these volatile times with live in today.



Stone, N (2017). Dear martin. New York NY: Random House Children’s Books 2017.

ISBN: 978 1101 939 499 / Ebook ISBN: 978 1101 939 51 2

Magoon, K (2015). How it went down. New York NY: Felwel and Friends 2015.






These are written the 13 to 18 years old demographic. These 2 read a likes stories resemble the narrative of the “Hate U Give”. In “How it Went Down” a community goes into an uproar after a 16 year old black teen is gunned down by a white man (not a policeman). The protagonist in “Dear Martin” tells the story of black teen headed to an Ivy League school is harassed by a police officer who profile him.




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September 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Trend Forecasting: Freddie Rivera

Building a solid YA book collection for a public library is predicated on a YA librarian’s ability to know current trends in the world of teens. The best resource for librarians are the teens themselves, talk to them. Making a point to know what is socially acceptable by communities, is also just as important as understanding what teens want to read. The teen demographic is so diverse, that choosing a collection that’s socially acceptable is very difficult to accomplish. Equally important is the fact that a librarian needs to identify books that mirror the lives of teens, so teens can read about topics that are relevant to what they’re experiencing (76).
http://www.teenreads.com/ this blog is a good follow for any YA librarian. It features a blogroll that contains many more bloggers many who are teenagers themselves, social media outlets like Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, etc… are also featured on this blog.


Latham, Don, and Melissa Gross. Young adult resources today: connecting teens with books, music, games, movies, and more. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Liitlefield,2014.



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September 9, 2017 at 3:35 am (Uncategorized)

Everyday fourteen million middle and high school kids are released from school into the world. A large number of these kids visit public libraries. That’s where YA librarians ride  in to save the day. The mind of a teenager is fragile and unpredictable. A good librarian knows the important role a library plays for this demographic. Paramount is the fact that a librarian, understands that a well thought out and balanced collection of books, and teen centered programs make  a major difference in the life of a teenager. Collection development for the teens who frequent your library, is crucial to keeping teenagers engaged.  YA librarian’s take collection development seriously. The importance of a matching a teen with the right book, Audio book, graphic novel, and other resources that are available to them is of paramount importance to librarians. In order to make this happen Librarian’s  need to keep up with YA trends, resources like the HUB in YALSA, and Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf Shelf are great sources of information. These resources help librarians choose the best materials that benefit the teens. A good librarian understands the question of diversity, Character depictions tell a story of self  and others from all social economic backgrounds. Young adults need to read about themselves in books. Librarians need to understand the YA community in order to help them achieve their goals.

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“Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)”, American Library Association, dynamically generated page.

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/ (Accessed September 9, 2017)


Clare Snowball (2008), Teenagers Talking about Reading and Libraries,

Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 39:2, 106-120, DOI: 10. 1080/00048623. 2008 10721336



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September 6, 2017 at 2:12 am (Uncategorized)

Young Ladies it is Your Time to Shine


The development of young teenage girls from ages 13 to 18 years of age is the group I focused on for my first blog. These formative years are crucial young girls establishing themselves as responsible adults. I think everyone can agree with me that it is hard to be a teenager in todays society. In class discussed teens are stuck doing the jobs nobody wants to do and for low wages, but hey they have to pay for those smart phones somehow. Giving young girls a resource made up of economic literacy programs that allows them the opportunity to gain confidence and a strong sense of self. My article talks about 6 great programs from New York to Miami for young girls, they provide mentoring programs in positive settings that will protect girls at this crucial point of their lives. Programs like B.A.R.T. (being a responsible teen) whose mission statement is, “Improving the World One Girl at a Time”, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and Girls Inc. are motivated to teaching teenage girls how to prepare for the harsh world we all struggle at times to survive.

6 Great Ways to Make a Difference in a Girl’s Life | HuffPost


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September 3, 2017 at 11:30 am (Uncategorized)

Our teens in today’s society are diverse, rebellious and passionate. They’re also socially aware and very tech savvy. Their understanding of popular culture is paramount and on display on a daily basis. In order to understand popular culture we need to put into context all the digital tools at our disposal. Social media, Hip Hop music, Twitter, and Blogs are just some of the literacies being used by teens, both through personal channels and academia. Good reading and writing skills allows the messages being brought forth by young adults to resonate with society and educators alike. The articles contextualize  how these digital literacies are being implemented in classrooms and society alike. The smartphone is probably the single most important digital tool youths have at their disposal. Teens regardless of their communities or background are able to express their message into the mainstream media. Smart phones have sort of leveled the playing field, everyone has one, and they’re not bashful. Youths are fighting a daily struggle not to be cast in a bad light, so many are misunderstood. Straight, gay, LGBT, minority, and white face challenges to gain acceptance within societies unwritten and written rules daily. I recently ask a group of Hip Hop culture kids why they wear their pants below they’re belts and several answers came forth, “it us expressing ourselves dude” said one another simply stated ” we’re young and people need to understand this how we dress and express who we are”. I personally still don’t agree, but it is a choice and I can respect it.



Haddix,M., Garcia,A & Price – Dennis, D. (2016).

Youth, popular culture, and the media: Examing race, class, gender,

sexuality, and social historiesa. New York: Guilford Press, pp 21-37

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#gslis737w13/ Comic

May 9, 2017 at 3:24 am (Uncategorized)

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Gou Jing. (2015). The Only Child. Schwartz & Wade Books. New York.

ISBN 978-0-553-49706-9. Ages 5- 9. Genre Fantasy. 112 pages.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, (2015).

Publishers Weekly Book of  2015.

As parents and professionals we need to be cognizant of children’s astuteness. Their ability to be autonomous thinkers and learners has to be respected. I chose “The Only Child” because it ties in to common core values that we all carry, such as, problem solving, and critical thinking. The content of this wonderful fantasy focuses on isolation, loneliness, and happiness. These are traits that all children feel, identify, and experience often throughout their early development. Children are naturally drawn to comic books, “reading the comics surely represents a consuming and satisfying leisure pursuit of American boys and girls” (Witty, P, 1941, pg.100). The Only Child follows a day in a little girls life. When she is left alone at home, she decides to visit her grand mother, but she gets lost on the way. The story features a stag who befriends her and assists her on her fantastic journey home. This wordless comic I feel appeals to children in so many ways. It’s always great to tap into the imagination of young children and this story does not disappoint.

Kirkus Review:


Left alone when her mother leaves for work, a child amuses herself with television, dolls, and a toy deer before boarding a bus for her grandmother’s house.

The ensuing experience, in which she falls asleep, misses her stop, and runs scared into the woods, is pulled directly from the author’s childhood in China. In this wordless, 112-page graphic novel, her constantly-in-motion protagonist is rescued by a mysterious stag that leads her up a ladder of clouds into a puffy paradise. The animal is a perfect playmate. Humorous close-ups reveal a hands-on exploration of the animal’s muzzle, toothy smiles, and affectionate nuzzling before the afternoon’s excitement. Guojing’s telling is skillfully paced. Early on, a sequence of 12 nearly square panels on a page conveys the child’s sense of confinement, loneliness, and boredom. Varying in size and shape, digitally manipulated graphite compositions create a soft, quiet atmosphere within which a gamut of effects are achieved: brilliant, snowy light, the etched faces of shivering street vendors, nuanced cloudscapes, and the pure black of a whale’s interior after the duo and a new friend are swallowed, Jonah-style. Majestic settings, tender interactions, and pure silliness lead readers to pore closely over these images, pulled along by shifting perspectives, ethereal beauty, and delight in the joy born of friendship.

Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such. (author’s note) (Picture book. 5 & up)

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GSLIS737w12/ Digital Media

May 3, 2017 at 4:05 am (Uncategorized)

I chose this article because it gives librarians a glimpse into the future. Major change is inevitable, ebooks, apps and other digital media tools are being used in libraries daily. We read about the importance of becoming media mentors for children and families. Mary Pagliero Popp, 2012-13, President of RUSA, writes about librarians having to educate themselves in order to better serve their users. As librarians we have to create positive learning environments. Today’s technology gives librarians the ability to approach programs like digital story time, in unique interactive ways. Ebooks use is also on the rise 43% of Americans age 16 and up use them. Apps like those being created at Tinybops Inc., the latest being “Mammals” in 2017. Their apps are very interactive as well as educational. “The ability to adapt to changing realities is crucial to the future of libraries as well as to the future of librarians” (Popp, 2012, pg.86). The article also stresses the importance of leadership. It is my belief that librarians will take the lead in teaching users how to understand these new literacies.

Changing World, Changing Libraries; New Literacies, New User Needs, and Leadership for Change, Reference and User Services Quartely. 52, 2, Pg.84-89. 2012



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