Gay And Lesbian Literature For Children & Young People: New Book Prize From ALA

An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association’s annual announcement of children’s prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.

The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award has been added to the ALA’s Youth Media Awards. The Stonewall prize honors “English-language works for children and teens of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.” Stonewall awards for adult books were started nearly 40 years ago, but the children’s category only now.

The Stonewall Book Awards

Stonewall Book Awards List

5 Questions with Rachel Vincent

First up for 12 Months of Halloween is an interview with Rachel Vincent author of The Shifters and Soul Screamers series.

1. For those reading this interview that have not encountered you on their bookshelves would you be able to give us a short introduction?

I am a cat owner, former English teacher, and the author of the young adult Soul Screamers series as well as the Shifters series (adult). I live in San Antonio, Texas, where we’re currently experiencing our first cold day of the year, and my central heat doesn’t seem quite up to the challenge. (Picture me bundled and hunched over my keyboard. ;))

2. Faythe your heroine is a werecat – did you consider other werebeasts before settling on cats as the main weres of this series?

Nope. I’ve always been a cat person.

3. The term paranormal romance seems to have become a catch-all within the supernatural genre, how would you describe your writing?

I actually write urban fantasy. The difference between paranormal romance and urban fantasy (as I see it) is that if you take the romance out of a PNR novel, the story falls apart. But if you take the romance out of urban fantasy, you lose an element of characterization and sexual tension, but the plot still holds up. In other words, in UF, the fantasy/plot is the focus, whereas in PNR, the character relationships and romance are the focus.

But that’s not to say that my novels don’t have intricate character development, because they do. But plot and world-building, for me, come first. Which is why it always surprised me how vehement the readers are that Faythe’s romantic life should end a certain way (and they don’t agree on what that way is). 😉

4. Which authors can you recommend as inspirations

As writing inspirations? Um…in the sense that after reading their writing I want to become a better writer myself, there’s Stephen King (I’m a huge fan), Kelley Armstrong, Courtney Summers, Holly Black, etc… An eclectic list, huh?

5. Can we expect more tales of adventure featuring Faythe and her Pride or is Alpha her last outing? If it is can you let us know what else we can expect book-wise from you in the future?

Alpha is Faythe’s last book. I haven’t ruled out the possibility of a spin-off series, but it’s not currently in the works. Early in 2011, my Soul Screamers series will debut in the UK, and in January, My Soul To Steal (Soul Screamers 4) will be released in the US. That fall, both If I Die (Soul Screamers 5) and the first in my new adult series will be released.

A Review of Alpha will follow soon.

12 Months of Halloween

All Hallows Eve was the 31st October as it has been for the past several hundred years. On this night all manner of fearful creatures stalk the land and darken the night sky

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

Unlike the thoughtful spirits and monsters who only come out on Halloween, paranormal fiction has been creeping out onto Library shelves in increasing numbers over the past few years. To celebrate this fearful fact, Teen Librarian will be celebrating 12 Months of Halloween in between all the other things that happen on the site.

To mark the launch here are The Gothic Archies, with The World is a very Scary Place

Dreaming of a Twilight Christmas?

Enter Atom Books‘ competition to stand a chance of winning the Twi-white books.

To celebrate the release of these gorgeous creations Atom has put together a daily competition over at their Facebook page, which gives you the chance to test your Twilight knowledge and win fab prizes over the next four weeks. And these new books have also given them the perfect excuse to put together another vampy, shapeshifter inspired treat for you, before revealing some cracking Christmas surprises!

Head over to their Facebook page to test your Twilight knowledge and win prizes. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to be the first in the know!

So you have had a complaint about a Graphic Novel or Manga title?

The first thing to do is don’t panic, the second thing is DO NOT WITHDRAW THE TITLE! Seriously do not withdraw it – this is important.

If you are the person that selects the Graphic Novel and Manga titles for your branch this is a run-down of how to cover yourself and your library service from complaints by parents, teachers and anyone who may have reason to complain about what their children have been reading.

1. Know your stock – you should personally have held and looked at every Graphic Novel and Manga item in your library. This will only take a few minutes, unless you have a large collection and need to go through everything, but once that is done all you have to do is grab every new title as it comes in. You do not have to read everything (but you can if you want to) leaf through the pages and look for any nudity, extreme violence or swearing. If you cannot find any then your collection is not doing its job.

2. When you find books that have swearing, violence or nudity make sure that is has a guidance label (Teen/YA, Adult Stock, or GN) on the spine. Most manga titles have age banding on the back cover, these vary from publisher to publisher but they are prominent.

3. Do not keep your Manga and GN collection in the Children’s Library, Have it between the Adult & Teen collections (if you do not have a Teen Collection you should start thinking about one). There are exceptions – a number of libraries keep The Simpsons, Tokyopop’s Cine-Manga and the Alex Rider GN’s in their Picture Books for older Readers collections.

4. Double-check the labels of the books, it is possible for some to creep through.

5. Start reading manga – this will help with stock development knowledge, suggesting titles to readers etc

6. Get to know the readers themselves – they know more than you do and are usually more than happy to suggest titles or discuss genres and series.

7. Get to know your local comic shop as above they should know what they are selling, be able to suggest stock and also (importantly) give a discount

If anyone has advice on preempting complaints or has dealt with a sticky situation and would like to share it please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

We apologise for the break in transmission

Despite evidence to the contrary, Teen Librarian is still active although very, very quiet. I am hoping to have everything updated and back up to speed very soon.

In the meantime here is an incredibly interesting blog-post on Libraries in the UK and general costs courtesy of Use Libraries and Learn Stuff
: Are UK public libraries expensive to run?

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Guest review by Charlie Morris
Carol Lynch Williams’ The Chosen One tells the story of Kyra, a thirteen year old girl living in an isolated, oppressive religious community in rural America.

Kyra has grown up never questioning the iron rule of ‘the Prophet’ who controls the community or why her father has three wives and she is one of twenty one brothers and sisters.

As tensions in the community mount Kyra finds fragile escape in library books borrowed and read in secret and a forbidden romance with Joshua, another teenager member of the community.
When the Prophet decrees she is to become the seventh wife of her sixty year old uncle she is forced to put not only herself but all those she cares about in danger to save herself.

The Chosen One is a powerful and compelling story about freedom and love for ones family told through the eyes of a believable character. This is an intensely gripping read and it is easy to empathise with Kyra and feel afraid for her plight as this absorbing story develops.

The Chosen One has strong parallels to real situations in contemporary America and therefore could perhaps benefit from the inclusion of some factual information to put this commanding story into a more ‘real life’ context for readers who may be new to these issues.

Booktime 2010 prize draw Nominate your primary school or local library for an amazing Eric Carle artist's proof

This autumn The Booktrust is giving away 680,000 free copies of Eric Carle’s wonderful story book “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth to reception class children in England. It means they will have given away more than 5 million books over the last four years.

To celebrate, they are offering primary schools and local libraries the chance to own an artist’s proof from “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth, signed by Eric Carle. Just tell them where you think the proofs deserve to go! You can nominate one library and/or one primary school. Every eligible nomination will be entered into a prize draw and the winners selected at random. So the more nominations your school or library gets, the better their chance is of being drawn as a winner.

This is the final week of the draw, to nominate your school or library click here

Competition closes on Sunday 31st October.

Teen Librarian Monthly September

The latest edition of Teen Librarian Monthly is now available for download: TLMSeptember

Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010

The Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010 shortlist has been released, the books in the running for the £2,500 prize are:

The Enemy by Charlie Higson (Puffin)

Halo by Zizou Corder (Puffin)

Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning (Hodder Children’s Books)

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace (Andersen Press)

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes (Quercus)

For more information visit the Booktrust Teenage Prize website.