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Saturday, April 22 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Unusual Suspects: Perfect YA Book Suggestions from Off the Beaten Path

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Avid young readers. They are the best kind of patron, but can be the most challenging when it comes to readers’ advisory. What do you hand the reader who says they’ve read everything (and has maybe come close)? We’ll give you some under the radar ideas that are sure to satisfy. Where are those hidden gems for the younger students reading WAY above grade level? We’ve got a list of books that can pass the “appropriate” test, but keep a smart kid turning the pages. Learn more about classics that are truly timeless and perfect to engage the curious reader even when it’s not a class assignment. And gather suggestions for where to point older teens who are ready to start experimenting with the adult collection and looking for a way in. We’ll arm you with select booktalks and longer lists, then ask the audience to throw out their best ideas. Everyone will leave with ideas at the ready for the next kid who says, “But I’ve read all that. Now what?”


Liz Beazizo

Teacher/Librarian, West Salem High School

Emily Byers

Senior Librarian, Salem Public Library
I have worked in public libraries for 14 years. I currently work at Salem Public Library as the Senior Librarian in Technical Services, doing collection development and eResources. In my off time, you can find me hiking, reading, or knitting.
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Ian Duncanson

Youth Services Librarian, Beaverton City Library
Ian has been at the Beaverton City Library for 10 years. He loves teen fiction, recommending books and anticipating the Printz winner every year.
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Sonja Somerville

Teen Services Librarian, Salem Public Library
Sonja Somerville is a recovering journalist and erstwhile grant developer and marketing specialist who finally decided what she really wanted to be was a librarian. She has her MLIS from Drexel University and The Funnest Job Ever getting teens excited about books, planning wildly... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Loucks Auditorium Salem Public Library