Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

May 25, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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3 on a YA Theme: Authors Inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale

On inspiration from The Handmaid’s Tale…

The idea of a narrator who doesn’t want to be telling a metafictional story but is compelled to and tortured by it.

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May 8, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Read science fiction more than periodically!

Sci-Fi for People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi “There’s so much more to sci-fi novels than the usual aliens, spaceships, and evil villains who wants to destroy the intergalactic world. These stories can be filled with mysteries, action, suspense, and of … Continue reading

May 4, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Code name Verity…

This, from the Scottish Book Trust is interesting – Win Elizabeth Wein‘s new carefully constructed and intriguing prequel to Code Name Verity, The Pearl Thief, in our Teens’ Book of the Month competition: “With its picturesque, historical Scottish setting and variety of … Continue reading

May 2, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Stay woke: in defence of ‘other girls’…

This opinion piece from Book Riot – In Defense of ‘Other Girls’ in YA – is definitely worth a read. It tackles the rather unpleasant trope of, ‘Not Like Other Girls‘. I have to say, this trope has always seemed … Continue reading

April 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Ask the question: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is the latest Netflix show everyone is obsessed with. Whilst it’s received a lot of praise for its diversity, for flipping the silent dead-girl trope, and for its overarching message to be kinder to others, there is a growing number of people who are criticising the show’s troubling portrayal of youth suicide and the risk it poses to vulnerable viewers. – Buzzfeed Continue reading

April 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Curating diversity…

A recent School Library Journal article made Clishmaclaver pause for thought. 😉 This inspiring success story – about guiding reading via enabling technologies – really adds something to current diversity dialogues  – College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books … Continue reading

April 7, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Book of the Month!

April’s Book of the Month, is the ‘Book of the Moment’, is The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. 🙂 Clishmaclaver has no budget left to buy a new BOTM unfortunately >sob< so I’m making my own personal copy of this … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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13 Reasons Why…

13 Books to Read After You Finish 13 Reasons Why You’ve read the book, you’ve binged the show (maybe more than once), and now all you want is more. Never fear, we’ve got thirteen great emotional reads to get you … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Scotland… forbidden romance… sure, I’ll bite.

Toward a Secret Sky By Heather Maclean “Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around … Continue reading

April 4, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Stay Gold, Ponyboy, Stay Gold

Clishmaclaver was reading Penguin Teen’s blog when she realised – with mild shock! – that it’s been 50 years since, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – the original teenage rebel story – was published. Eek! Blurb: According to Ponyboy, there are … Continue reading

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