May 24, 2016

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Shelley Diaz

About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

SLJ’s 2016 Day of Dialog in Chicago: “Everything Is Wonder”

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The summit drew record numbers of librarians and book creators, who, apropos of the new location, enjoyed deep dives into kid lit along with their deep dish.

Interview: John Corey Whaley on Star Trek, Anxiety, and “Highly Illogical Behavior”

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SLJ chats with Printz Award-winner John Corey Whaley about his third YA novel Highly Illogical Behavior

Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

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SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Meet the Reviewer: Leigh Collazo, an International Librarian in China

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A longtime SLJ YA reviewer of science fiction, romance, fantasy, historical fiction, dystopian, and horror, Leigh Collazo, originally a Texas school librarian, packed her bags and her family and became an international librarian.

YALSA’s 2016 Teen Read Week To Focus On English Language Learners

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This year’s Teen Read Week, held from October 9–15, will highlight teen services, programming, and literature for young adults who speak a language other than English at home.

Interview: Cassandra Clare on SLJ Popular Pick “Lady Midnight”

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SLJ chats with Cassandra Clare, author of the mega-popular “Mortal Instruments” series about her “Dark Artifices” series opener and her love for libraries.

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Sexual Violence in YA Lit | SLJ Spotlight

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share these recently reviewed YA titles and resources with teen readers.

YA Tales from Down Under | SLJ Spotlight

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From a nuanced look at abuse to a fun read about a teen who communicates with ghosts, these latest works set in Australia are sure to wow U.S. teens.

The 2016 In the Margins Book Awards Are Unveiled

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P.D. Workman’s fictional Tattooed Teardrops and Tewhan Butler’s nonfiction title America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope top this year’s In the Margins Book Awards.

Snakes, Music, and Fashion Blogging: Jeff Zentner on “The Serpent King”

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Nashville musician Jeff Zentner shares with SLJ what inspired him to write The Serpent King, a singular work about friendship, class, and having the strength to pursue your dreams and defy social impossibilities.

And They’re Off: SLJ’s 2016 Battle of the Kids’ Books Begins

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SLJ’s eighth annual riff on March Madness has begun! Author judge Michael Buckley kicked off the virtual elimination tournament, deciding between Phillip Hoose’s The Boys Who Challenged Hitler and Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep.

Sizzling Seventies: Meg Medina on “Burn Baby Burn”

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Meg Medina tackles burgeoning feminism, first love, disco music, and family violence in her stellar Burn Baby Burn. SLJ chats with the award-winning author.

Florida High Schools Restrict Access to “This One Summer”

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In response to a complaint from a parent of an elementary school student, three high school libraries in Florida have restricted access to the award-winning This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.

The Last Frontier: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on “The Smell of Other People’s Houses”

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SLJ chats with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock about family, Alaska, and what inspired her YA debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

Masterful YA Mysteries | SLJ Spotlight

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If your teens are in need of a thrilling whodunit or a suspenseful crime drama, the following YA novels are just the thing.

Flatiron Press Goes YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

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Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Interview: Veronica Rossi on Her YA Crossover Series Opener, “Riders”

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New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi chats with SLJ about her inspiration for Riders, her latest focusing on the four teen Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their quest to save the world from destruction.

(Anti)Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Molly Wetta Curates an SLJ Pinterest Board

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In search of a last-minute display idea for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps your teens would run in the opposite direction at the sight of hearts and doilies. Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s (Anti)Valentine’s Day-themed Pinterest board.

Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez | SLJ Review

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Velasquez, Eric. Looking for Bongo. illus. by Eric Velasquez. 32p. Holiday House. Feb. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823435654; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823436026. 

PreS –An Afro Latino boy searches for his missing stuffed toy in this tender tribute to family, music, and childhood. The adorable narrator, depicted charmingly with a puffy Afro, protruding tummy, inquisitive eyes, and pj’s, inquires after the whereabouts of his beloved Bongo. With Spanish-peppered text, the toddler asks his parents, the family pets, […]