Google+ Reading Teen: Welcome SITStahs!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Welcome SITStahs!!

WOW!!  I've been waiting for this day for a long, long time!!  I've been stalking The Secret is in The Sauce blog pretty much since the beginning of my blogging career, and now it's finally your turn to stalk me instead!

If you're a regular here, you may be wondering what on earth I'm talking about.  The Secret is in The Sauce (SITS) is a group of over 6000 woman bloggers dedicated to supporting each other through comments and other helpful blogging tips!  So, if you'd like to join us, just send me a check for $100.....or you can just click the button and sign up for free.....




So, you may be wondering why, if I'm a woman blogger, my blog name is Reading Teen.  Well, here's my story! 


I'm not a reader. At least I wasn't until my daughter, Kit, became a teenager. As she began to delve into the world of Teen/YA fiction, I started to wonder what exactly she was reading in these books. I looked for websites that would tell me the content of the books that were on the shelves in the library and bookstores (under teen or young adult), but couldn't find any good ones. How bad can they be, right? They're for teens, after all. Well, what I have found has been startling to me. 

I can't believe some of the things that most teenagers are reading even at twelve and thirteen years old, and their parents have no idea.  I started reading books before giving them to my daughter to make sure they were appropriate for her age, and I thought as long as I'm screening my daughter's books, I might as well share what I've found with other parents out there. So, I started a website called Parental Book Reviews where I keep track of what I've read and what content is in them.  That way parents can make their own informed choices as to what they think is good for their teen/tween and what isn't.





Well, who knew what starting that website would create.  Turns out that I LOVE young adult books!  And I love the bond that reading the same books as my daughter has created.  There's nothing more enjoyable than talking and laughing and sharing a book that we both love!  Which is where this blog comes in!  It started as a parental obligation, but has turned into a passion.  And the best part is, that it's a passion I get to share with my daughter!  

Kit and I



As if that wasn't great enough, my best friend, Amy and her two teens have started helping us with our reviews!  So now the five of us are reading, blogging, and enjoying this newfound love of all things YA books together!

Amy and I with the authors of Amy's favorite book!



We love to give away books!!  So make sure to check out our giveaways!

Want to see more?  

*We love to Vlog (video blog) about books!  Check out some of our Vlogs here

*Last weekend we had the opportunity to go to the American Library Association Convention!  Check out all the authors we met and books we got here and here.

*Wondering what our favorite YA books are?  Andye's favorite, Amy's favorite, Kit's favorite, Abigaile's favorite, Austin's favorite, or you can just watch us vlog about our favorites here.

*And check these out if you're interested in discussing the difficult subjects, like ratings on books, would you give your teen Crank, and whether or not parents are idiots for denying their teen books with the "F" Bomb.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope we see you again soon!

~Andye

Amy and Andye's Kids


207 comments:

  1. Happy SITS day! :-) I'm already follower, and read your blog regularly. I hope you have a fabulous day!

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  2. Happy SITS Day! I love the idea behind your blog, and although I'm not yet a parent, I can see how this resource you've created is invaluable to so many parents out there! That's also amazing that it created such a deeper bond between you and your daughter! :)

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  3. Happy Sits day! I already read your blog and I love it!

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  4. What a fantastic idea. I'll be forwarding your site to several of my mommy friends, and hoping you're still around when my two are ready to read the teen fiction! Happy SITS day!!

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  5. As a teacher I first want to thank you for being an involved parent. I love that you are reading the books too and providing a review of the book. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  6. Happy SITS day! I have to admit that until the Twilight saga, I wasn't aware of the YA book genre. But since then, I am hooked. The Book Thief is one of my all-time favorite reads.

    I can't wait to dig into your blog a little deeper and find other fabulous book suggestions. And although my daughter is only 4, I can't wait until the day comes when we share our books.

    Congrats again!

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  7. Happy SITS Day! I thought you were a teen until I read your post! LOL! That's a great idea for a blog!

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  8. Happy Sits Day! You know I never really thought of keeping an eye on my pre-tween's reading list until now. I should have though, considering I loved Harlequin novels at too young an age! I love the idea of your blog and think you are doing a great service for us parents! Now following!

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  10. Happy SITS day! Incredibly interested in your blog as an English graduate student and reader of YA. Currently reading Riordan.

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  11. happy sits day!

    i can't wait to read about your favorites! i finished the harry potter series earlier this year and i haven't found anything to read since!

    enjoy the day!

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  12. Happy SITS Day! What a cool concept! Have you checked out the London Confidential series by Sandra Byrd? It's a good series for tweens with a christian theme.

    Off to check out your list!

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  13. congrats on your SiTS day!!!! what a neat blog!!!!please stop by

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  14. I like your blog although I'm unsure why you screen YA/Teen books.. Unless it's a Hustler magazine or a Romance novel.. I don't find books to be much of a threat, like Crank.. I read it when I was teenager and it really had no influence in the choices I made day to day. A story is a story. However, I like that you have found a way to bond with your daughter and that I can find new reading material from your blog. So Happy SITs Day!

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  15. Happy SITS day! What a fabulous idea! I love it.

    You look so young it took me a second to figure out which one of you was the teenager!

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  16. Happy SITS day! Your blog is a great example of what life is NOT like with a house full of boys! Sigh! However, 3/5 of my boys LOVE to read - and the others can be enticed with either WWII historical accounts and the littlest - well, we're just throwin' everything and the kitchen sink at him right now to see what sticks! LOL

    I love what you are doing!

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  17. Happy SITS Day! What a great idea for a blog! And what a great way to get involved with your daughter's life.

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  18. Enjoy your special day. I'm off to explore your blog!

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  19. I LOVE the idea and premise behind your blog - how cool is this? My daughter is only 2 but I already think about being in your position. Can't wait to look around and I'm passing on your address to a few friends that I know would love this!

    Happy SITS day!

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  20. Bookmarking for my future!
    Great blog.

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  21. Happy SITS day!!! I think it's great that you proof read the books your daughter reads. A lot of parents have no clue what their children are reading. Kudos to you.

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  22. what a great resource you are providing to parents out there. i just listened to a program on npr providing resources where reviews of children's books appear, but they do not review teen books. much like tv, reading makes a big impact on them. i commend your committment to ensuring the quality of the books your daughter is reading.
    congratulations on your sits day!

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  23. Congrats on your SITS Day! How lovely that books have brought you and your daughter so close, and what a great thing you're doing for other parents of teens.

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  24. Congratulations on your special day! You have a most interesting blog! I love reading YA fiction, old and new! Happy SITS Day!

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  25. Happy SITS day! Wonderful blog. My teen is a big reader as well and I've been thinking about getting him involved and write some reviews for me.

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  26. What a fabulous idea for a blog!

    My son is 7 years old and is reading the Percy Jackson books. After he read me a few things from the first book, I decided to read them for myself but I could never keep up with the voracious pace at which he reads ...

    I'm so happy that there's a resource out there! I'll be back for sure!

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  27. Wow, your blog and reviews are amazing! I will be returning and spending some time reading, for sure! I have grandchildren who are close to reading young adult books, so this will be very helpful.

    Congratulations on being the featured blogger for SITS today! *woot*

    {hugs} from another SITStah! :-D

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  28. What a great feature! From a girl married to the man that got “biggest bookworm” in highschool (hey hey…he also got “most likely to win a gold medal”), this will be an AMAZING site to see when our girl reaches an age where she’s reading. Thanks so much for giving parents out there some informed reviews...you're doing part of our jobs for us.

    Any recommendations that are a must read for people younger than teenager age?

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  29. What a wonderful idea. I never thought about searching for such a sight. I will definitely be bookmarking your blog. I am blessed with a daughter who loves to read. I can't keep this girl in books. She goes through them so quickly.

    Oh and happy SITS day! And I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend!

    Celebrate Life and Capture It!
    Patty

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  30. I love your blog. Thank you, and happy SITS day.

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  31. This is such an amazing site! What a great influence to make teens read more. I know I wish I had...I suppose I can just take these reviews and apply them to things I want to read too! : )

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  32. What an absolutely great idea for a blog. Even for people that don't read much they can get ideas for books that are musts or have the cliff notes versions from your reviews. Keep up the good work!

    Carrie
    the5thgirl.com

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  33. Woo hoo! Happy to be here!
    Happy SITS day, off to look around!

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  34. Wow....why have I not been following you??? LOL Thanks SITS!

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  35. Happy SITS Day :) Hope you enjoy it.

    xoxo

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  36. Happy ISTS day! I can't wait to poke around your blog more and fill out the rest of my summer reading list.

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  37. Stopping by from SITS! What a great concept for a blog. Hope you have a great feature day!!

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  38. Came here from SITS but I'm almost certain I'll stick around. WHat a great resourse..I have a 7 year old who loves to read..can't keep up with her!

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  39. Happy SITS day!

    What a great idea your blog is. I will be bookmarking this site for use with my own kids. Thanks!

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  40. Happy SITS Day!! That's great that you read the books before your daughter.

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  41. You get high praises from the SITS girls and now I know why. I think it's awesome that you've developed this strong bond with your girl through books. Reading is something that brought me closer to both my parents and I read everything when I was little, even stuff that was inappropriate. I enjoy teen fiction now even though I'm waaaaay past that stage, and your blog is a great resource. Happy SITS day!

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  42. Congrats on your sits day. I think your involvement with your kids literature is fantastic and inspirational.

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  43. I love your blog already. That is so nice you and your daughter read the same books and discuss them. I wish I had started reading for pleasure while my mom was still alive. She loved to read and was always trying to get me to read too but I was just too busy doing other things. I didn't really start reading for pleasure until after I was married (at age 43. I just started our book blog this month so will add you to my blogroll there.

    Congrats on your SITS day--so glad I found you!

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  44. Popped in from SITS to say hi! I read and write YA, so so glad I found you!

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  45. Happy SITS Day! Thanks for putting all the work you do vetting these books. Something to bookmark for when my son is older.

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  46. Happy SITS day! I am looking forward to exploring your site.

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  47. Congrats on your very own SITS day! I hope to have one of my own someday soon!

    I LOVE YA Fiction and read everything I can get my hands on!

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  48. Happy SITS Day!

    What a GREAT concept! I'm you're newest follower. As a teacher headed back into the classroom this August after an eight-year "maternity leave" I'll definitely be using you as a resource!

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  49. Oh wow. What a great site. I love you guys. And by the way, you look like you could be teens yourself! I can't wait to read some reviews, I'm always looking for something good to read, YA or not...

    Happy SITS day!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  50. Happy SITS day! What a genius idea, I became a follower today. I look forward to sharing your finds with my teen!

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  51. Good morning and Happy SITS day. My daughter loves to read so this blog is going to be a great resource for us. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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  52. Happy SITS day!

    Thank you so much for this site - my son is 7 but his reading age is 14 (at least).

    I always have a hard time finding books that are challenging ability-wise, yet content-appropriate.

    Your site may just be a blessing for us!

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  53. Love this concept & I will be forwarding to several of my friends with teen/tweens & bookmarking for myself since I only have a few years til I have one... yikes! By the way, you guys look great! I couldn't even tell which one of you was the daughter at first!! The secret MUST be in the sauce!
    Enjoy your SITS day!!

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  54. What a great idea for a blog and an even greater way to bring a mother and daughter together. Kudos to you!

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  55. Happy SITS day! You don't know how happy I am to find you! What a wonderful idea and passion. Have a grand day.

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  56. Happy SITS Day! I love to read YA books too. What a fantastic hobby you have created and can enjoy with your daughter. Off to check out some of your reviews! Enjoy your day.

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  57. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! Happy SITS day! I'm so glad I found you as my 11 year old and I are just starting on our journey reading books together (same book same time)

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  58. What a fantastic idea! I hope you are still around in 10 years when I'll really need you!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  59. HAPPY SITS DAY! This is a genius idea!!!

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  60. What a wonderful idea. I can't get enough reading. Look forward to sharing book when my triplets become teens.

    Enjoy your SITS day! yay!

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  61. What a great idea! And, how fun to do something you actually love!! good for you!

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  62. Happy SITS Day! I will be following your blog now....my daughter loves to read...we are always looking for good books.

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  63. Happy SITS day!!! What an awesome blog idea! My ultimate goal is to become a YA author so I can't wait to look around and figure out what it is you guys look for in an enjoyable book. This blog is a valuable resource to many!

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  64. This is such a great idea! I totally love teen books, too - Happy SITS day!

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  65. I really like the idea behind your blog. I am a new follower.

    http://2readornot2read-loves2read.blogspot.com/

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  66. just stopped by from SITS!
    Love this blog, great idea!
    And I personally still love reading YA books, so, since I'm not a parent, I can still enjoy all these reviews!

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  67. Congrats on your SITS day! I have an 11 and 12 year old, and so your blog is very interesting to me. I think this is a marvelous idea you had and I imagine is a great way for you and your daughter to stay connected throughout her teen years. I am definately going to bookmark your site and use it to keep up on what my kids are reading. I think I'll start reading their books too, what a great idea. Thanks!

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  68. Happy SITS Day! So glad to discover your blog since I am both a writer and reader of YA books.

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  69. OK - I already love you! :)

    I am a book lover myself (Have a seperate book blog myself) so I'm gonna mark you to come back.

    I think the young adult books are so much better then people think. I read tons of them myself...

    Happy SITS day!

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  70. Happy sits day and love reading blogs--have one too.

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  71. I love the idea behind your blog. I work at a comic book store (and I know that's not real books but!) where we work with a lot of schools and libraries. Graphic novels get a lot of kids to read. What kills me is the content that some schools/libraries consider acceptable for the teen section. A story with blood guts gore and absolutely no point is ok - because there is no nudity. A story where the main character doesn't change to get a boy interested in her not ok because a male character appears shirtless at one point. These are the same places that stock VC Andrews and Anne Rice for 12 year olds?
    Most comics at this point even come with a rating system on them and you wouldn't believe how many parents simply don't care and let their young children buy books with content I wouldn't willingly sell to an 18 year old.
    I love what your doing and I think it was a very smart thing for you to do. Have a great SiTs day!

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  72. Wow, this is great! I teach high school and will post this link on our resources for teachers site as soon as we get back in the fall.

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  73. Congrats on your SITS day. What a fantastic idea for a blog and to help encourage your daughter's reading. My son wasn't interested in reading until, in 3rd grade, I started reading the same books that he did. He always wanted to get ahead of me. Now, at almost 20, he has very sophisticated taste in books. One of my proudest moments was when he spent money he earned to buy a copy of Catch-22!

    Enjoy your special day!

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  74. Wow, congratulations on your SITS day, and aren't I glad you are the FB. I have an 8 year old daughter who is just now getting into reading. I have a feeling your blog is going to be a valuable place for me to hang out!

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  75. happy sits day! wow...you better start reading! 76 comments already! have a great special day!

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  76. Oh wow, a reading blog... that's like my favourite 2 things rolled into one!! Will definitely be adding you to my reader :D

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  77. Happy SITS day! I love YA lit; in the past, I taught high school, so I could "get away" with reading it. Glad to see others are still enjoying it past their teen years, too!

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  78. What a great idea!!! I am really challenged. Happy SITS day, and keep up the good work.

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  79. What a great concept for a blog. Love it! Congrats on your day!

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  80. Congratulations on your SITS day! And thank you for this website. My children are getting to the age where they're going to start wanting to read YA books, and it's nice to know there's a place I can go to get some info about what they might be wanting to read.

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  81. You have quite the full house over there! I've heard that YA is the hot genre right now, regardless of age, so your blog has come around at the perfect time.
    Ooh, and I love your layout! :)

    http://lambaround.blogspot.com

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  82. What a great idea for a blog and a website.

    Congrats on your SITS day. I hope it is awesome.

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  83. Happy SITS Day!!! I will definitely be back! I will also be showing this to my 16 year old daughter! What a great way to get close to your daughter!

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  84. Happy SITS day! This is such an amazing idea. I can't wait to read your reviews!

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  85. PS I would love to add you to our blog directory!!! Let me know if you are interested!

    Blog Directory

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  86. I LOVE the idea of your blog! I too am not a huge reader but hear that young adult fiction may be just up my alley! I will have to read your reviews and try out a few! Your daughter is so lucky to have you doing this for her! Enjoy YOUR day!

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  87. What a great blog! I am JUST getting to this stage of reading with my daughter and love the idea of looking up reviews before agreeing to a book. Thank you for doing this!

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  88. Happy SITS day! I love this! There are so many books out there that kids should be reading! I have 4 brothers who are all about gaming/tv/etc and arent going outside. If I still lived at home, I'd take those controllers and hand em a book. But what book? Now, I can be super sister with awesome reads! Thanks!!

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  89. Happy SITS day! I've already passed on your site to my sister, a YA English teacher - always searching for new great YA books.

    So great that you and your daughter are able to do this together!

    Have a great Canada Day!

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  90. What a great idea for a blog! Good work and congrats on your SITS Day!

    -Aimee

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  91. Happy SITS day! I really love what you're doing on this blog and look forward to reading more. I have a 14 yr. old daughter who likes to read so I'm sure your site will be a great source for us.

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  92. So fun! There is nothing that excites me more than a good book
    : ) Hope you have a happy SITS day! Can't wait to read one of your reviews!

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  93. Happy SITS day! What a great idea for a blog. Oh and you are so super pretty.

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  94. Happy SITS day! My first YA book was Twilight that I bought, hesitantly, at the airport book club. I didn't think I could relate to a girl in high school at my age. I'm amazed at how many great books there are. I cannot wait until Mockingjay comes out! Love your blog. Telling all my friends about it.

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  95. Happy SITS day! I love your blog! My aunt has been looking for something like this for her teen, so I passed along your info! Keep it up!

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  96. Love your site. I read a lot of YA lit- I'm a former middle school teacher and I liked to know what my students were reading. I still try to keep up so I'm not clueless if I decide to go back to teaching.

    Following your blog now. Enjoy your SITS day!

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  97. SO glad that you didn't blindly let your daughter read! I learned a lot from books when I was a teen...some good, some bad.

    I'm a big reader and love YA as well (something about the coming of age stories that really resonate) so I'll definitely be following your blog!

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  98. Wonderful idea! My son is 10 but reads at a 11/12th grade level and this is such a great resource. Happy SITS day!

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  99. can't wait to pass your blog on to so many parents I know who will appreciate this - happy SITS day - just became your newest follower!

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  100. What a great resource! I will pass it along to my sister who has a teen. My girls are still small! Happy SITS day!

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  101. @JessRaquel

    Well, the reason I'm screening them is two-fold. One, because she is still young and I like to give her age appropriate books. And two, so that I know what she's reading and am able to talk to her about it. Sometimes the books I've read have had difficult issues in them (like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson). I still let her read the book, but I'm able to talk to her about rape and how if something ever happened to her that she can talk to me about it (or at least talk to someone). I just think as a parent that it's important to be connected with what your child is learning and doing.

    Thanks for your comment!

    Andye

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  102. What a great blog - love the design! Hope you are enjoying every minute of your SITS day!!!

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  103. How fun! Delighted to meet you (through SITS) Hope you have a delightful day!

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  104. Happy SITS Day. I am your newest follower. What a great idea for a blog. I can't wait to start catching up on what you have written!

    Jenny

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  105. What a wonderful idea for a site! This is very well put together. Your dedication as a mother truly shows through!

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  106. My niece isn't quite a teen but reads at a college level-- but I never really know what she's reading.. this site is going to help to make sure that at least what she is reading is content appropriate for her age (10)...

    Great job!!

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  107. really great! happy sits day!
    new follower

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  108. What an awesome and so very useful blog you are providing to all of us! I think this is a great way to make sure your daughter stays on the right reading path, while also being able to talk about the books and gush about how much you love them! In a girl's teen years, it's so important to have something to bond with her mother!

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  109. Congrats on your SITS Day! I blog on dangerous teen trends and other teen issues (but not teen books), so I was going to add your button to my blog, but I didn't see one. I am following now.

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  110. Happy SITS day! Have a great day.

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  111. WOW. you are doing so much for all of us out here. YOu have a lot to be proud of, b/c I know how much work blogging takes.

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  112. such an awesome idea for a blog! i don't read YA but i read A LOT and write. plus, i have a baby girl so one of these days a site like this is going to come in handy!

    happy SITS day! glad to be following now!

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  113. Stopping by from SITS and what a fun blog! I love the YA genre and it's so neat to see how far its come. I'll definitely be stopping back!

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  114. That is so wonderful that this new experience of understanding more about YA books, turned into a passion in which you are able to share mutual exchanges with your own daughter. Happy SITS day! And enjoy the day whatever you are up to. :)

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  115. Happy SITS day! I'm off to explore your blog...

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  116. Happy SITS Day! What a cool idea for a blog!

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  117. Happy happy SITS DAY....enjoy all your bloggy love!!
    xo bj

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  118. Congrats on your SITS day! I love to read but not YA. And since my own daughters are only 4 and 2 I only have to be concerned if the autor of the Dora books has inserted a Spanish swear word ;)

    Great work on the blog, I hope it helps out lots of parents.

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  119. Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

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  120. How much fun is this! I love the concept behind your blog! Excellent! Have a wonderful SITS day!

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  121. Very smart idea for a blog! Im sure parents everywhere appreciate this site. I know I do!

    And Happy SITS day!

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  122. Happy SITS Day to you.

    What a great idea for a website. You are a great Mom! I read everything I can get my hands on but I couldn't bribe my daughter to pick up a book. Any tips on how I can get my teen interested in reading?

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  123. Happy SITS Day!!!! I love to read as well!

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  124. How inspiring story. Happy sits day!

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  125. Happy SITS day! Such a fabulous idea. I will be checking this site out for sure :)

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  126. Happy SITS day! This is such a great idea! And I'm with you on the YA books. They're awesome!

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  127. I LOVE to read & actually started a book club this year! I also have Twin daughters who will turn 13 in just three and a half short months, who also love to read! I'm so glad we found you! (Just another reason to love SITS!)

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  128. Happy SITS Day! I think the concept of your blog is awesome. You sound like a great mom!

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  129. Happy SITS Day! What a great idea for a blog! Glad I fould you =)

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  130. Happy SITS day! What a cool website!

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  131. Happy Sits Day! :))
    Congrats!!
    Awesome blog! What a cute little girl!!
    ~B xx

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  132. WOW thanks guys! Glad you enjoyed! Read Sea By: Heidi Kling it's my favorite!!

    ~Kit

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  133. Happy SITS day! I really love how you came to have your blog. It's so nice to see parents really looking into what their children are doing and reading, and now you enjoy it yourself. Love that! Hope you have a great SITS day!

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  134. Happy SITS Day! I love new books! Can't wait to read more reviews.

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  135. What a great concept and a very unique blog. Congrats to you!

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  136. Congrats on your SITS day!!!

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  137. Happy SITS Day! What an awesome way to connect with your teen. I have a 13 year old daughter and the distance between teenagers and their parents is scary. I wouold love to relate to my daughter through books. I love how you have done that here! Great job!

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  138. What a great blog idea! I'm sure many parents appreciate it! Congrats on your SITS day. Enjoy the spotlight and the bloggy love!

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  139. As a teacher I TOTALLY know what you mean about book content! You have to be careful about what the kids are reading!!
    Great blog with a great premise!
    Happy SITS day!

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  140. LOVE IT! I have a blog that I didn't know would turn into sort of what you're doing, but has- just because of the same reason. I was shocked at what school was having my daughter read. I am going to follow ya now! Happy SITS day!

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  141. Happy SITS Day!! I love this idea - I don't have teen but my younger sisters will ask about books and sometimes I wonder "should they be reading this?" so it will be great to hear what you have to say as well. and I am always on the lookout for fun new books to read myself.

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  142. Congrats on your SITS day. Well-deserved. You have a terrific and valuable site here.

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  143. Congrats on your SITS day! What a great service you're providing for parents. You really cannot be sure that what is being marketed for teens and tweens is approprate. More often than not those things are far from it. It's great that you're sharing something wonderful with your daughter, and your friend with her daughters as well. Communications, and sharing something your child loves makes for a healthy, strong parent/child relationship. Keep up the good work! Peace. ;)

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  144. Congrats on your SITS day! What a great thing to share with your daughter and a great thing to share with other parents.

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  145. Love the concept. I, too, have read some YA fiction over the past few years and been REALLY SURPRISED especially by how dark it can be. Keep up the good work!

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  146. What a wonderful way to do something special and meaningful with your daughter, and how generous to share it with the rest of the world! Congratulations on your SITS day. My daughter is 9 and is just on the brink of delving into the YA section. What fabulous timing! Jenn

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  147. Congrats!!! What a great idea for a blog. I hope I've passed on my love for reading to my daughters.

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  148. I always wonder how it is raising teens. I think raising a 3-year-old is hard, but I can imagine it only gets harder.

    Happy sits day!

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  149. Very nice. I also read the books before my daughter, but this will be a great help as my daughter gets into more reading. She is 10 now, but loves to read! Thanks for this resource!

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  150. What a great idea. I don't have any teenagers yet, but I would worry about what they were reading. Now there is a resource. Great blog! Happy SITS day.

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  151. Mother daughter book club! Genious!

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  152. What an awesome idea. You have found something that you should trademark and be established in all schools across the nation! I am going to start but my son is 14 years old, but I don't think that matters much. I like the boy-ish books around too. I do love your background picture btw... and GO TEAM EDWARD!!!

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  153. Congrats on your SITS day! What a great service to parents of teens! I don't have a teen (yet) but am going to pass this on to a few friends who do--THANK YOU!!

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  154. Congrats on being the FB! Is it just me, or is teen fiction so much better than when I was a teen? I love the reviews and how collaborative the blog is.

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  155. Happy SITS day! I love the concept of your blog & I think it's so great that you've taken such a deep interest in what your teen is interested in- as someone who was recently a teenager, I can say it means a LOT!

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  156. Happy SITS day!! I think I will always love YA fiction :)

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  157. happy sits day! its evening here in south africa.. i will be back tommorow to have a deeper look at your blog! Im a bookworm too so i cant wait to come back!

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  158. Stopping by from SITS. Congrats on being featured! I think it's cool that you and your daughter read the same books and can share that. I have never been a big fan of teen or YA fiction. By the end of elementary school, I was reading at an adult level. Teen fiction bored me, so I read adult books. Some of the content may have been ahead of me, but it didn't affect me negatively.

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  159. Stopping by from SITS. Congrats on being featured! I think it's cool that you and your daughter read the same books and can share that. I have never been a big fan of teen or YA fiction. By the end of elementary school, I was reading at an adult level. Teen fiction bored me, so I read adult books. Some of the content may have been ahead of me, but it didn't affect me negatively.

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  160. What a great idea for a blog! YA books are awesome.

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  161. Congrats on your SITS day! This is a great idea, book reviews for teens. As a burgeoning teacher it's a good idea to know what the teens are reading. Kudos!

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  162. Happy SITS day! What a great idea your blog is. I am the mother of a teenager, who consequently does not share my passion for reading! But my 9 year old loves to read and it won't be long before she is looking at books in the YA section so I look forward to using your website for direction!
    Nina

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  163. Wow what a worthy site. I actually like a lot of youth fiction myself so I can see myself reading a lot of my children's books first but still.. it's nice to have a jumping off point. Thanks so much for sharing your reviews.

    Happy SITS day!

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  164. You are such an awesome mom! I love YA books too, and I don't have kids yet! :)

    Happy SITS day!

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  165. I am so excited to take a little peak around, I love me some young adult books. I used to work in a children's book store and I'd just take home stacks of books every night to read.

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  166. Happy SITS Day... I am glad I have found you. My oldest is an avid reader and I preread what ever she was reading for a long time but I can no longer keep up. This will help me out!!

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  167. That is amazing the bond it has helped you have! I love that and it looks like you and Amy will be reading plenty more young teen books w/ all those kids!!!!!!!!!! happy SITS DAY!

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  168. Well. Happy SITS day. I, too, started reading young-people books to see what my girls were reading. This blog is a great idea. I'll be interestedly checking this out :0).

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  169. What a great idea for a blog. I'm not a mom yet, but I will hope around to check out some of you reviews. Happy SITS day and congrats!!

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  170. Congratulations on finally getting to be SITS queen for the day!

    I have a 6 year old that already loves to read, so I will definitely return! I actually feel so much better knowing that a site like yours exists!

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  171. This is a great blog and a fantastic idea, I love it! Congrats on your SITS day, that is awesome!

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  172. Wow! I'm so excited to find this blog. So different and so applicable to my life. My son is an avid reader but you're right, I don't know what he's reading most of the time. Can't wait to delve further into it.

    Congrats on your day!

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  173. a great sits day to you.... you have arrived...congrats...

    may i suggest a book to you...
    The House With Dirt Walls By
    Elaine Newkirk

    its the first installment in a series of YA books focusing on issues faced by youth today... good reading...

    hope
    http://hopelesslycrushingonyou.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/david/

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  174. What an awesome site! And I have to tell you, I wasn't sure which of you in the pic wasn't the teenager, until I noticed the braces!

    Following, can't wait to read your reviews!

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  175. Awesome blog, visiting via SITS! COngrats on your feature, and I def will be back! :)

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  176. What a fantastic idea for a blog! I am going to subscribe and can't wait to read more of your choices.

    Congrats on your SITS day.

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  177. Happy SITS day!!! I love the idea of your site!

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  178. Congrats on your SITS day! :)

    I love this blog and go to it anytime I need a good read! As a teen... it's perfect! :) Thanks for all the hard work that you do! :)

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  179. What a fabulous service you are providing to mom's and I love love the idea of bonding with your daughter! I have considered starting to read what my 9 year old is reading! even though they are "elementary" I have the same desire to know what she is reading... and if it provides me with opportunity to talk to her... thank you for the nudge!! =) cute pic of you and your young lady!! oh... Happy Sits day!

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  180. Great idea for a blog. Can't wait until my daughter is old enough to start reading with me!

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  181. This is something that scares me - the thought of my daughter reading the books that I like! Trashy, sexy, mysterious... damn karma!! I found this site through The SITS and I am so happy I did!

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  182. Happy SITS day!!! Your blog is a great resource for parents!

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  183. Hello from SITS. Great blog - very useful information for parents and a great to connect to teens.

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  184. I wish I could get my tween to read that much! I got her into the Twilight books but don't think she has read them cover to cover. I don't know what else to do to give her the book bug. Anyway, Happy SITS Day!

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  185. Happy SITS Feature Day!

    Having worked in a bookstore, I know that books for teens are not children's books. The subject matter can be darker, they deal with dating & relationships, drugs, gangs, crime & all kinds of things that you don't find in the children's section. I also know that parents can be unaware & concerned about content, so your blog is a great idea & a great resource!

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  186. Happy SITS day! I love the story behind your blog. I teach a second grade class, but I am going to pass your blog onto the other teachers at my school.

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  187. Define "waiting for a long, long time." :)

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  188. Happy SITS Day! How wonderful that you read the books that your daughter reads and share them! Your site is such a valuable resource to parents of teens.

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  189. This site is awesome and I hope you are still going strong when my girls are older (just babies now). Happy SITS day!

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  190. What a cool blog! I was surprised at how many gay and lesbian books there are on the YA library shelf.

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  191. What a great blog! My daughter is not yet a teen but an avid reader... a total bookworm. So I know that I'll be needing your advice. Thanks!

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  192. +JMJ+

    I think your blog is great! I'm not a parent yet, but I've also started worrying about the content of the new YA books that are coming out because of my teenage students and my pre-teen brothers. So I'm not sure whether it's a good thing that the boys don't really like to read! =P

    But we do read together, and I seem to have some success in picking good "classics" that catch their interest. Jerry Spinelli gets mixed reviews, Louis Sachar is a big hit, Donald Sobol is still in the "testing stage" but is looking good!

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  193. Love your idea of reading books before your daughter reads them. So interesting what you have found out about what teens are reading. Thanks for sharing with us all!

    Happy SITS day!

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