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Mental Health Awareness Month: General Mental Illness Fiction

This last list deals with teens living or having a parent with different types of mental illnesses.

Dawn, Sasha. Oblivion. Egmont, 20145. Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother's life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.
Easton, Kelly. To Be Mona. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008. High school senior Sage tries to hide her mentally ill mother and get a popular football player to go out with her, but eventually she realizes that abandoning her real friends and letting herself be manipulated by others does not make her feel better after all.
Harrar, George. Not as Crazy as I Seem. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. As fifteen-year-old Devon begins mid-year at a new prestigious prep school, he is plagued by compulsions such as the need to sort things into groups of four.
Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse. Margaret K. McElder…

Mental Health Awareness Month: Fiction about Schizophrenia

This week's list is books about teens living with or who has a parent with schizophrenia. next week, I'll post a list of varied books on mental illness.

Anderson, Jessica Lee. Border Crossing. Milkweed Editions, 2009. Manz, a troubled fifteen-year-old, ruminates over his Mexican father's death, his mother's drinking, and his stillborn stepbrother until the voices he hears in his head take over and he cannot tell reality from delusion.
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Persistence of Memory. Delacorte Press, 2008. Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, sixteen-year-old Erin has spent half of her life in therapy and on drugs, but now must face the possibility of weird things in the real world, including shapeshifting friends and her "alter," a centuries-old vampire.
Averett, Edward. Cameron and the Girls. Clarion Books, 2013. A boy suffering from Schizophrenia falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class--and a girl in his head.
Axelrod, Kate. The La…

Teen Review: Minecraft

Minecraft by MB

Do an of you readers have any game consoles? Well if your answer is yes, then you're in for a treat. The game I want to talk about is Minecraft. Let me guess, you were either shocked or surprised by this. This game however is a good game in my opinion.

Many think it's lame, but to be honest it's good for an architecture project. If you actually think about it, Minecraft has many settings to help you with your gaming experience. This game has settings like survival which lets you have a real life experience of building your life but with the threat of being killed by a creature like a zombie.

On the other hand though, the other setting is creative which lets you build what you want and you don't have the risk of dying. There are also settings that are more in depth like infinite, flat, and old.

Infinite is when the world is never ending and goes on forever. The second setting flat is the architecture experience that I was talking about earlier, this is w…

School Library Journal Writing Resources

Below is a list of resources recommenced by School Library Journal
Tools To Spark Writing: Fiction NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program The Young Writer’s Program challenges kids to write a novel in the 30 days of November. The site offers workbooks and resources that will motivate your students and allow them to unleash their inner novelist. Grades 4–12
Tools To Spark Writing: Nonfiction KQED Do Now allows students to respond to a current issue each week using social media. The issues range from politics to the arts and sciences. In this age of fractured political discourse, Do Now helps students practice constructive online conversation. Grades 8–12 National Geographic EducationWho doesn’t love National Geographic’s images, videos, and articles? Kids can use the vast resources at this site to spark their imaginations and get their writing juices flowing. Grades 1–8 NewselaOffering daily news stories, differentiated by reading level, Newsela is a popular resource for  teachers seeking to help ke…

Mental Health Awareness Month: Fiction about Depression

This week's book list are books about someone dealing with or living with a parent that suffers from depression.

Adoff, Jamie. The Death of Jayson Porter. Hyperion Books for Children, 2008. In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.
Borris, Albert. Crash into Me. Simon Pulse, 2010. Four suicidal teenagers go on a "celebrity suicide road trip," visiting the graves of famous people who have killed themselves, with the intention of ending their lives in Death Valley, California.
Cannon, A.E.   Amazing Gracie.  Delacorte Press, 1991. A high school girl has a lot to deal with in her sophomore year when her beloved mother who is a victim of depression remarries, a new brother is acquired, and the family moves to Salt Lake City.
Carlson, Melody. A Not-So-Simple Life. Multnomah …

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Fiction about Anxiety

I recently was a guest blogger on Teen Librarian Toolbox. The site is creating posts by authors and bibliographies all about mental health awareness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I will post my three bibliographies that I made for the site each week and create another one for the last week of May.

The first bibliography is about Anxiety. In these novels, the main character either has anxiety disorder or is living with a parent with the disorder.

Caletti, Deb. The Nature of Jade. Simon & Schuster Book for Young Readers, 2007. Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.
Colasanti, Susanne. Waiting for You. Viking Children’s Book, 2009. Fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Marisa, who has an anxiety disorder, decides that this is the year she will get what she wants--a boyfriend and a social life…