Online Resources & Further Reading

Online Resources

Favorite Book Review Sites for YA Books


BookRiot YA Blog

Cool Reads

Fantastic Fiction

Guardian Books for Young Adults blog

Inside a Dog

Monster Librarian

No Flying No Tights (Comics and Graphic Novels)  

Read Alike Lists  

Reading Rants

Story Links

Recommended Reading

* Gold, Joseph (2001). Read for your life : literature as a life support system. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Markham, Ont.;
* Allston, MassHart, Melissa & Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills), (author of introduction, etc.) (2019). Better with books : 500 diverse books to ignite empathy and encourage self-acceptance in tweens and teens. Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA
* Berthoud, Ella. Elderkin Susan (2017). Story Cure : an a-z of books to keep kids happy, healthy and wise. Canongate Books Ltd, [S.l.]
* Campbell, Joseph (1972). The hero with a thousand faces (Second edition, first Princeton/Bollingen paperback printing). Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J

Bibliography & Further Reading for Blog Posts

Why Teens need books

Horowitz J., Graf N., 2019, Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problem Among Their Peers,  PEW Research Centre.

Kelly C., Kitchener B., Jorm A., 2013, Youth Mental Health First Aid (Manual), 3rd Edition, MHFA Australia.

Anonymous in Parker-Pope, Tara, The troubling allure of eating-disorder books, The New York Times, May 11 2009.

Dovey, Ceridwen, Can reading make you happier? The New Yorker June 9 2015.

Olsen, M., 2007, Bibliotherapy: School psychologists’ report of use and efficacy, Brigham Young University.

An ounce of prevention

Andrews-Hanna, J.R. (2011). The Brain’s Default Network and Its Adaptive Role in Internal Mentation. The Neuroscientist, [online] 18(3), pp.251–270. Available at: [Accessed 28 Jul. 2019].

Ellen, S. and Deveny, C. (2018). Mental : everything you never knew you needed to know about mental health. Carlton, Vic.: Black Inc.

Gold, J. (2001). Read for your life : literature as a life support system. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry And Whiteside.

Noe, A. (2017). Why Do Our Minds Wander? Available at: [Accessed 1 Jun. 2019].

Seligman, M.E.P. (2013). Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York: Atria.

Smallwood, J., Gorgolewski, K.J., Golchert, J., Ruby, F.J.M., Engen, H., Baird, B., Vinski, M.T., Schooler, J.W. and Margulies, D.S. (2013). The default modes of reading: modulation of posterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex connectivity associated with comprehension and task focus while reading. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7.

Tamir, D.I., Bricker, A.B., Dodell-Feder, D. and Mitchell, J.P. (2015). Reading fiction and reading minds: the role of simulation in the default network. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, [online] 11(2), pp.215–224. Available at: [Accessed 28 Jul. 2019].

Vatansever, D., Menon, D.K. and Stamatakis, E.A. (2017). Default mode contributions to automated information processing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [online] 114(48), pp.12821–12826. Available at: [Accessed 1 Jun. 2019].

Cultivating Core Confidence

Akhtar, Miriam. “What Is Self-Efficacy? Bandura’s 4 Sources of Efficacy Beliefs.” PositivePsychology.Org.Uk, 8 Apr. 2017,

Frumi Rachel Barr, et al. The Resilience Factor 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles Notes. 2002.

Malik, Akshay. Efficacy, Hope, Optimism and Resilience at Workplace – Positive Organizational Behavior. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 3, Issue 10, October 2013 1 ISSN 2250-3153, Oct. 2013.

Mohan Kumar. “A Simple Guide to Teaching Resilience.” HubPages, HubPages, 15 July 2014, Accessed 10 Aug. 2019.

Snyder, C. R., Rand, K. L., & Sigmon, D. R. (2002). Hope theory: A member of the positive psychology family. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology (pp. 257-276). New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

Stajkovic, Alex. “Alex Stajkovic Confidence and Performance Talk.” YouTube, 13 May 2016, Accessed 9 Aug. 2019.

Stajkovic, Alexander D. “Development of a Core Confidence-Higher Order Construct.” Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 91, no. 6, 2006, pp. 1208–1224,, 10.1037/0021-9010.91.6.1208. Accessed 9 Aug. 2019.

Zakrzewski, Vicki. “How to Help Students Develop Hope.” Greater Good, 2012, Accessed 9 Aug. 2019.

Cli-Fi: Reframing Eco-Anxiety

Bloom, D. (2014, April 7). “Cli-Fi” May Be No Stranger than Reality – Our World. Retrieved December 19, 2019, from website:

Bloom, D. (n.d.). he Cli-Fi Report. Retrieved February 27, 2020, from website:

Brown, F. (2019, December 5). What is Climate Fiction? Cli-Fi and How It Can Help Us Respond to the Climate Crisis. Retrieved January 12, 2020, from Stories for Earth website:

Cavanagh, V. (2020, January 24). Friday essay: this grandmother tree connects me to Country. I cried when I saw her burned. Retrieved January 24, 2020, from The Conversation website:

Curtis, S. (2019). It’s not OK to feel blue and other lies : inspirational people open up about their mental health. London: Penguin Books.

Diego Arguedas Ortiz. (2019). How science fiction helps readers understand climate change. Retrieved January 5, 2020, from website:

Eckersley, R. (2008). “Nihilism, Fundamentalism, or Activism: Three Responses to Fears of the Apocalypse” by Eckersley, Richard – The Futurist, Vol. 42, Issue 1, January-February 2008 | Online Research Library: Questia. The Futurist, 42(1). Retrieved from

Fentin, R. (2012, April). Disobedience Youth: Political Involvement and Genre Resistance in Contemporary Young Adult Dystopian Fiction. Retrieved December 19, 2019, from website:

Fritze, J. G., Blashki, G. A., Burke, S., & Wiseman, J. (2008). Hope, despair and transformation: climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2(1), 13.

Hope is a key factor in recovering from anxiety disorders: Hope increases in therapy. (2019). Retrieved December 19, 2019, from ScienceDaily website:

Leyda, J., Loock, K., Starre, A., Pinto Barbosa, T., & Rivera, M. (2016). The Dystopian Impulse of Contemporary Cli-Fi: Lessons and Questions from a Joint Workshop of the IASS and the JFKI (FU Berlin) The Dystopian Impulse of Contemporary Cli-Fi. Retrieved from

Marsden, J. (2019). The art of growing up. Sydney, N.S.W.: Pan Macmillan Australia.

McArthur, M. (2017). Storytelling: the most important skill I ever learnt as a scientist. EINGANA, 40(1). Retrieved from

Plautz, J. (2020, February 3). Eco-anxiety is overwhelming kids. Where’s the line between education and alarmism? Retrieved February 8, 2020, from Washington Post website:

Ro, C. (2019, October 11). How to avoid being paralysed by climate anxiety. BBC. Retrieved from

Rousell, D., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., & Foster, J. (2017). Children of an Earth to Come: Speculative Fiction, Geophilosophy and Climate Change Education Research. Educational Studies, 53(6), 654–669.

Sanders, A. (2019, December 2). Under the Weather. Retrieved January 12, 2020, from Believer Magazine website:

“THE GENRE THAT DARES TO SPEAK ITS NAME” — A Global Cli-fi Blog (all languages). (n.d.). Retrieved January 5, 2020, from website:

Veland, S., Scoville-Simonds, M., Gram-Hanssen, I., Schorre, A., El Khoury, A., Nordbø, M., … Bjørkan, M. (2018). Narrative matters for sustainability: the transformative role of storytelling in realizing 1.5°C futures. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31(April 2018), 41–47.

Verlie, B. (2019). Bearing worlds: learning to live-with climate change. Environmental Education Research, 25(5), 751–766.

Wilkinson, L. M.-L. (2015). The politics of empowerment: young adult literature, heterotopia and the possibility of social change. Retrieved from