Some GLBTQ-friendly YA Books Librarians Like, and Other Stuff (a post by Lou Hoffmann)

Lou Hoffmann Icon-logo-squareHi! Lou Hoffmann, back at Anne Barwell’s Drops of Ink blog for my August guest post—thanks, Anne, for lending me your pixels and bandwidth!

I’d intended to write this month about the School Library Journal (SLJ) Teen Live 2016 virtual conference—a meeting of librarians, publishers, authors, and readers that took place earlier this month. Alas, no matter how I try, I was unable to get my PC to receive the keynotes and workshops, and I’m still unable to download that archived material. Even so, if you visit the organization’s website you’ll find all manner of interesting material.

For instance the “Best of 2015”
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features a slide show and lists of titles judged the “best” in picture books, middle grade, and YA books, as well as non-fiction, which includes the notable Stonewall: Breaking out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum.

In the YA fiction category, More Happy than Not, Adam Silvera’s serious, street-tough look at teen life. Here’s the blurb.

There’s plenty that 16-year-old Aaron Soto would like to forget, including life in the poverty-ridden Bronx projects, his father’s suicide, and his own attempt to carve a smile into his wrist, but he only seriously considers a cutting-edge “memory-relief procedure” when his all-consuming friendship with Thomas turns into unrequited love. Characters with straight-up street cred, a heart-searing narrative, and a must-reread resolution provide an unforgettable look at gender identity and coming-of-age issues.

The website also includes news, previews of what’s coming up, and information geared to the classroom. The “Reviews” section is more than just book reviews—I found an article entitled “Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box.” And, a fun highlight, in the tech section I found “Pokemon Go: What Librarians Need to Know,” complete with a portrait of Bulbasaur.

To summarize: If you’ve got the tech to check out the archive of workshops and such from the conference, I’m pretty sure it will be worth your time. If you’re just interested in knowing a bit more about books for young people, and maybe what School Librarians are doing, seeing, thinking, and planning for, check out the website!

Now some Lou Hoffmann News: On October 6, the second book in the Sun Child Chronicles series will release. Since it’s been a while since book one came out, I posted a refresher (sans spoiler) of book one, Key of Behliseth, on my own blog. Click here to link there. If you haven’t read Key of Behliseth, you could even win a copy there.

Meanwhile, here’s a brand new book trailer for Key of Behliseth. Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

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