Submitter: I had completely forgotten about the blog hysteria of a decade ago, and this was confused when I came across this title in the “Current Controversies” series for high school students (so not really suitable for our college library, but that’s another issue). I could not fathom how kitten pics and *cough* library books could constitute a “controversy.” Apparently back them we thought blogs would upset the balance of civil life and undermine the social order. Little did we know that would actually be Twitter. I’m going to use this example to show my staff that bad books aren’t always super old. This is a ten year old title and it’s already eight years too old.
Holly: Goodness knows that Mary and I are accused of ruining civilization on a semi-daily basis with our little dog and pony show here. We started ALB in 2009, and the accusations are going strong in 2018! Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Opposing Viewpoints database to see if blogs or blogging is included as a category. It isn’t…but “fake news in social media” is there. That makes sense – Submitter nailed it with Twitter as their example. So, we’ll carry on with business as usual here at ALB, ruining civilization one weeded book at a time.
Left Over for Tomorrow
Time to kick off 2018 with some helpful advice about leftovers. Hopefully you have some remnants of holiday dinners to try out with this book. At any given time in our fridge are the remnants of take-out food. (Some complete with moldy fuzz!) To me, this is leftovers. The author, however, is not exactly on the same page. The leftover recipes in this book are almost as complex as the original recipes. This book is more about versatile cooking than reheating some day-old food. This author turns leftovers up to 11. I get the feeling she is one step above dumpster diving.
Teen-ager, Christ is for You
More spiritual advice for “today’s” teens. The message is that Christianity is cool and God isn’t out to kill everything fun in your life. (I am not sure my teen self would necessarily agree.) It is a weeder because of the archaic references and the probability that no single teen would pick this title regardless of their interest in the subject matter, since it looks old and feels old.
I really believe that good design and cover art are essential to successful teen materials. I have seen much better covers and titles for Christian teens that would do a way better job than this little book.