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The Contemps!

I love the idea behind this group and it features some of the coolest and nicest authors I know, so I'm spreading The Contemps love!

Celebrate realistic YA with The Contemps!

Who are The Contemps? "We're 21 authors putting real life in the spotlight, keeping readers up to date on the latest in YA contemporary fiction by blogging, tweeting, (over) sharing our own teenage experiences, and occasionally meeting up in real life."

With the popularity of genre fiction (especially paranormal) I think shining a light on contemporary YA fiction is a great idea. I had a teen come into the library who said she needed to find a contemporary book because her mom wanted her branch out and read something other than vampires and werewolves. It's easy to forget that there are contemporary readers that need contemporary stories, and I love that this group of authors is promoting that.

In addition to blogging on their site, they are hosting a Contemps Challenge-readers are asked to committ to reading 18 of the 21 upcoming contemporary reads between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky reader will win all 21 Contemps books!

The other thing I love about The Contemps is that they are talking about their teen years (no matter how embarrassing!) every Thursday and they'll even answer questions and share stories from teens.

So check out The Contemps and give contemporary YA fiction some love!

Comments

  1. Yay, Sarah! Thanks so much for featuring us. We're really excited for the coming year and appreciate your help getting the word out about what we're trying to do. Thanks again!

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  2. I'm so excited for this blog. I've already subscribed and am looking forward to all the fun.

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  3. Sarah - thanks so much for your support - it means the world to have great librarians like yourself behind us!!

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  4. Michelle-I am too-I think it's going to be great!

    Sara and Lisa-you're making me blush! I'm happy to support The Contemps-I've got a bunch of contemporary readers at my library (myself included!)

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee