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Jen Young noticed a NYTimes Article on the crazy competition in science fairs.
The simple fair of times past, when parents wielding encyclopedias turned the kitchen sink into a makeshift laboratory to help their children, has become a research extravaganza in which students armed with computers, electron microscopes and other powerful instruments explore ever more ambitious terrain.
"Sex, drugs, and other "problems of the month" persist as subjects of Young Adult books, but, according to booksellers who recently spoke to BTW, the YA field is growing more fantasy, getting more fuzzy about labeling, and appealing to more adults."
"It's gotten edgier," said Valerie Lewis, co-owner of 24-year-old Hicklebee's in San Jose, California. "The line between adults and young adults is thinner than ever."
"Instead of hinting at sexual situations, books are more explicit and detailed, she noted. YA stories used to refer to kissing until dawn. What was implied is now more explicit in detailing what went on until dawn." (from Bookselling this Week)
Here\'s A Fun One from a newspaper in the Midwest.
They asked a bunch of middle school students what book has made the greatest impact on their lives. The answers are all over the map, from the Bible, \"The Little Engine That Could\", \"Wrest-ling, a Commitment to Excellence\", and of course, \"Green Eggs & Ham.\"
Ham I Am, words to live by.
Rochelle Hartman writes \"This article from Publisher\'s Weekly gives the scoop on the YA passion for Japanese Manga. Manga, according to the article, features \"dynamic, eccentric and very often sexy illustrations in combination with fast-paced science fiction, adventure, fantasy and martial arts stories.\"
As a parent to two girls who love Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragonball Z, and similar stuff, I have to admit that I don\'t get the appeal, but YA librarians, the hippest of our professional tribe, are on to it, and trying to keep YA sections stocked with manga, and other graphic material. \"
A Nice Little Story by a high school student says \"Reading is our ticket to and out of this world; no matter where a reader may be, as soon as the book is open, boundaries cease to exist and no sky is the limit.\"
She says there is virtually no excuse for avoiding an entire world of worlds found in books. She also points out \"The best part about reading is that there are no commercials – it\'s at your own pace, and although readers may find themselves believing otherwise, the story never starts without them.\"
Here's An AP Story that says growing back pain complaints prompted a new California law limiting textbook weight. But some say assignments drawn from the Internet, "e-books" or CD-ROMs will be the real solution. New Jersey is also considering imposing a maximum textbook weight.
Officials there used money normally spent on textbooks for computers. The new school's first students — about 60 incoming freshmen — get assignments from such services as Questia, and Interactive Mathematics, curriculum on computer CD.
See also, School officials keeping eye on new backpacks for a low tech solution.
SomeOne writes \"Here\'s a nice one that says kids would rather watch television or play sports and other activities than read. Too-busy parents often don\'t take the time to make reading to their children a priority, let alone sit back with a good book themselves.
In fact, only about half of children ages 3 to 5 have a book read to them by an adult each day. That\'s one reason why 40 percent of youngsters entering kindergarten are not prepared, the PR Newswire Association reports.
Ellen writes \"This Slate Story
talks about what can go wrong in the kids\' section of a bookstore or library. They say the new books resemble Victorian tracts: moral tales where every action had to be met with an equal and opposite reaction. This new genre\'s marketing name is \"realistic fiction.\" On these shelves, children never enjoy any kind of unsupervised life without dire results. No one can misbehave or even take normal risks (lie to Mom, go out alone) without being made to realize what an awful mistake it was.
They call this the world of Net thinking, a form of reasoning that characterizes many students who are growing up with the Internet as their primary, and in some cases, sole source of research. Ask teachers and they\'ll tell you: Among all the influences that shape young thinking skills, computer technology is the biggest one.
See Also, a press release with some \"advice\" on shopping for students.
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Court TV will be broadcasting a story on this landmark case in WV. Local Charleston, WV teenager Katie Sierra won her battle to start an Anarchy Club at her local high school this fall, and won $1. Unfortunately, she lost her T-shirt battle.
Full Story \"