I’ll Be There ($17.99, Little Brown Teens, ages 14 and up) by Holly Goldberg Sloan is reviewed by guest reviewer Dr. Juli Barry from Los Angeles. Dr. Barry has her PhD in 20th century American fiction.
When I saw that Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. had given Sloan’s debut novel a rave review I simply had to read this YA book (once I ascertained that there were no vampires or werewolves on a single page, that is). To my delight, I’ll Be There is an engrossing page turner from beginning to end!
Innocent love, wild adventure, character development that makes you believe in these people, and humorous quirks (such as one boy’s name of Riddle because his neglectful, felonius father just didn’t know what to make of him) – I’ll Be There has it all! Sloan’s ability to turn the “boy meets girl” theme into a complex family drama which includes both good parents and bad, unwavering loyalty to siblings as well as young love, and an amusing and fully developed cast of “extras” pushes this teen lit tale into Excellent Adventure Fiction.
YALSA CELEBRATES SUPPORT TEEN LITERATURE DAY AS PART OF NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
Support Teen Literature Day is today, April 15, 2010. The event is celebrated every Thursday of National Library Week, by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) during National Library Week from April 11-17.
The purpose of Support Teen Literature Day is to raise awareness that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials. Every year on Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA launches the Teen Read Week Web site and announces the Teens‚ Top Ten nominations, as well as Operation Teen Book Drop.
“Librarians that serve teens work closely with teens in their communities to create teen literature collections that meet the needs of the teens,” said Linda W. Braun, YALSA president. “Support Teen Literature Day is a chance for them to inform everyone in the community about what‚s available to teens at the library and why these collections are important.”
YALSA will again be part of Operation Teen Book Drop, with 10,000 new books being delivered to teens on native reservations and tribal Lands, to coincide with Support Teen Literature Day. In its third year, Operation TBD is part of a massive effort by librarians, young adult authors and avid readers to spur reading on a nationwide scale. The day aims to encourage teens to read for the fun of it.
The effort is coordinated by readergirlz, the Young Adult Library Services Association, GuysLitWire and a new partner, If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native children.
In addition to participating in Operation TBD, libraries can help celebrate by displaying and recommending books that YALSA has honored through its book awards and selected lists, as well as highlighting the Teens‚ Top Ten nominations.
For more information on Support Teen Literature Day and suggestions on ways to celebrate it, click here now.