Chattanooga Public Library

If you read Juvenile or YA books--or know someone who does--then this podcast is for you! Join the staff at The Chattanooga Public Library each week for a book recommendation to help you add to your TBR stack. Learn about new books or even older books that are new to you, and be ready to answer the next time someone asks you what you're reading next!

All Episodes

Lyn is already thinking about spooky season, so let this sweet surprise recommendation from Rachel get you ready for autumn's chills!

Oct 31

6 min 36 sec

Whether you love competition or call anything involving exercise "sportsball," Rachel promises you'll love her new rec: Fence, a graphic serial by C.S. Pascat. En garde!

Jun 18

5 min 27 sec

Join Crissy as she discusses Wolfpack by Abby Wambach. This J-Non Fiction, written by the GOAT of the soccer world, is all about how young people can learn how to use their voice, unite their pack, and change the world.

Jun 11

8 min 17 sec

Lyn's talking about Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, and she loves it so much that she can't stop talking about it to everyone she meets. Read it so she will stop that.

May 16

7 min 34 sec

Join Rachel and special guest Thomas Anderson, fellow Youth Services Librarian, as they discuss The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

May 9

16 min 23 sec

Lyn has a scary middle-grades recommendation for you! Eleanor Barton is creeped out by her new home, by her new town, but mostly by the creepy stuff she can see that no one else can. Something is wrong in Eden Eld, and it seems like maybe that wrong thing is coming for her!

Apr 16

9 min 5 sec

Lyn is joined by Lee Hope, Director of Youth Services at the Chattanooga Public Library, in this week's episode focusing on An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

Mar 26

27 min 38 sec

Don't be fooled--this one isn't about a fish. Or be fooled, if fish are your thing. Rachel unravels The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, a touching graphic novel about fairy tales, immigration, and how to communicate love across a language barrier.

Mar 19

5 min 35 sec

Join Crissy as she talks about this week's recommendation, Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder. This young adult, non-fiction graphic novel is an amazing read for any and all, but especially those who are interested in how to deal with loss and grief.

Mar 6

8 min 55 sec

Attention: headphone users, you may want to turn down your audio for this one. Rachel's reviewing her favorite graphic novel and she gets so excited she yells. A lot. If you too want to yell about The Witch Boy trilogy by Molly Ostertag, we have copies over at http:// chattlibrary.org .

Feb 19

8 min 17 sec

Join Crissy and special guest, Christina Sacco, as they discuss The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials Trilogy.

Feb 13

23 min 58 sec

This week Lyn recommends The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Barnes which is full of puzzles, intrigue, and a ton of good reasons to be thankful you don't have to worry about people plotting to keep you from inheriting a fortune!

Jan 30

8 min 50 sec

Sometimes, you need a break from reading those heavy, heart-wrenching stories. The Tea Dragon Society by Kate O'Neill is just the fluffy, decadent graphic novel to cleanse your palate and put a smile on your face. Also, Rachel was so tired recording this, she got the title of the book Acquicorn Cove wrong. Should've drank some Tea Dragon tea to wake up. You can find all her recs by their correct titles at http://chattlibrary.org

Jan 15

6 min 1 sec

Lyn's pick this week is a new J Fic survival novel that takes place in the Arizona desert and that is mostly written in poem form. Big emotions and big scenery combine to make for a big adventure! Reserve your copy of Dusti Bowling's 2020 novel, The Canyon's Edge, at http://chattlibrary.org

Jan 8

9 min 53 sec

Looking for a YA fantasy that doesn't take itself seriously? Let Rachel introduce you to the Discworld canon universe, from the brain of scifi master Sir Terry Pratchett. Find the anthology of the first two books in the Wee Free Men Series at http://chattlibrary.org

Dec 2020

5 min 12 sec

Join Crissy and special guest, Cameron C-Grimey Williams, in the first special guest episode of J-YA. They will be discussing “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This title is available as a digital book, digital audio books, as well as available to check out a physical copy at the Chattanooga Public Library. For more information go to http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=All%20American%20Boys&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=&query=&page=0&searchid=1

Nov 2020

20 min 43 sec

Lyn's recommendation this week is historical fiction set during the Great Plague of 1348, which sounds potentially gross and actually scary in the middle of the pandemic, but which is really quite beautiful, both visually and thematically, so don't be afraid to add A Cloud of Outrageous Blue by Vesper Stamper to your TBR pile.

Nov 2020

9 min 5 sec

Love DC & Marvel comics? Wish they related more to contemporary social issues? Boy, does Rachel have the graphic novel for you! Superman Smashes the Klan features everyone's favorite building-leaping, train-beating superhero doing what he does best: smashing racists and saving the day. Find this title and many more DC comics at http://chattlibrary.org

Nov 2020

7 min

Lyn's got a brand-new 2020 Afrofantasy novel to recommend especially for the 6th-8th grade readers out there--Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. Great, big world-building fantasy and exciting, wide-ranging action adventure narratives combine along with a cursed child/coming of age plot, and it fits perfectly in that hard-to-find age range. Also, Lyn apologizes in advance that her accent makes it impossible to understand that she's saying RAYBEARER. Raybearer: print & ebook on Hoopla

Nov 2020

8 min 56 sec

Join Crissy for her recommendation about one of the most mythologized true crime duos in American History. Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend by Karen Blumenthal. http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&pos=1

Oct 2020

7 min 51 sec

Get ready for some modern realism recs this week. Rachel explores the companion books George and Rick by Alex Gino, perfect for younger J-Fic readers and grown-up kids of any age. Snag a print or digital copy at http://chattlibrary.org

Oct 2020

5 min 6 sec

Lyn thinks you might like William Ritter's books, and, luckily for us, he has both J and YA titles you can try -- The Oddmire series and the Jackaby series!

Oct 2020

8 min 52 sec

Join Crissy for another non-fiction recommendation, Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsberg's Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz. This non-fiction biography is targeted towards YA readers.

Oct 2020

8 min 19 sec

This week on J-Ya, Rachel presents Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova, a graphic novel that tackles the woes of middle school in a particularly supernatural way. Borrow a print copy by going to www.chattlibrary.org (http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&pos=1)

Oct 2020

4 min 48 sec

Looking for some Harry Potter read-alikes? Lyn has that covered for you--for both J *and* YA readers! Find them in the CPL catalog at http://chattlibrary.org

Sep 2020

7 min 19 sec

This week on J-Ya, Crissy presents This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell, a Juvenile Non-Fiction book, and Monster by Walter Dean Myers, a Young Adult Fiction novel. Borrow a digital or print copy--or even an audiobook--by going to www.chattlibrary.org (http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&pos=6)

Sep 2020

8 min 53 sec

This week on J-YA, Rachel presents The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, a graphic novel that illustrates how being true to yourself is the best way to a fairy tale ending. Borrow a digital or print copy--or even an audiobook--by going to www.chattlibrary.org (http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=the%20prince%20and%20the%20dressmaker&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=TOM%3C%3Eabs&query=&page=0&searchid=2)

Sep 2020

5 min 15 sec

This week on J-YA, Lyn presents Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a spooky new Gothic-inspired novel for the longer days of autumn that explores the darkness and terror that can hide in places that seem beautiful and safe. Listen to a Spotify list inspired by the novel here (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/233O4CcNUXQIJjqcHlsHqj?si=9fApiWzLQuuiPgckjjZ9Rw), download some quirky Zoom backgrounds here ( https://randomhouse.box.com/s/kdd5gcr8ptgld0rn4gxmu8ht0q7vfuhe), look at some book club questions (http://www.randomhousebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Mexican-Gothic-book-club-kit.pdf), or borrow a digital or print copy--or even an audiobook--by going to www.chattlibrary.org (http://chattanooga.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/searchresults.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&type=Keyword&term=mexican%20gothic&by=KW&sort=RELEVANCE&limit=&query=&page=0&searchid=1)

Sep 2020

4 min 33 sec