November 27, 2015

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Shelley Diaz

About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz ( is Senior Editor of School Library Journal's Reviews and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She recently received her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

Take SLJ’s Must-Have YA Poll


If you could purchase only 100 YA novels for a library serving teens, what would they be? Cast your votes in SLJ’s first-ever Must-Have YA Poll.

YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens?


SLJ takes a long view of YA literature in our Teen Issue. With the red-hot category capturing adult and tween readers, is YA’s intended audience being left behind?

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Five Finalists Announced for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

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The National Book Foundation has revealed the finalists for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, & Grace Ellis | SLJ Review


WATTERS, Shannon, Noelle Stevenson, & Grace Ellis. Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max. illus. by Brooke Allen. 112p. (Lumberjanes). Boom! Studios. Oct. 2015. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781608867370.
Gr 5 Up–Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley, aka. the Lumberjanes, continue their adventures at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types with as much verve and panache as in the first volume. Collecting issues five to eight, this work follows the five friends as they confront crazed dinosaurs, […]

SLJ Chats with Teen Author and Bullying Survivor Aija Mayrock


Bullying awareness advocate, speaker, and now published author Aija Mayrock shares how she was able to overcome bullying and what inspired her to write The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen.

Apply for Summer Grants; “Ghostlight” Giveaway; NZ Banned Book Coming to the U.S. | SLJTeen News


SLJ readers can enter to win a copy of the spooky Ghostlight. Nominations are open for the 10th annual Cybils Awards. Polis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the recently banned Into the River by Ted Dawe. Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink authors. These news bites and more in the latest SLJTeen news roundup.

Molly Wetta Takes Over SLJ’s Pinterest Board for Teen Read Week


Want to make a splash for YALSA’s Teen Read Week (TRW) from October 18–24? Look no further than SLJ‘s TRW Pinterest page curated by blogger, collection development librarian, and guest pinner Molly Wetta.

Julie Murphy and Aaron Hartzler Chat About Self-Image, Media, and Their New YA Titles


Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ celebrates body acceptance, and Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw tackles rape culture. SLJ sat in on their conversation about what inspired their latest YA novels and the importance of self-image, body acceptance, and media for today’s teens.

“Romancing the Dark” Giveaway; Banned Books Week Essay Contest | SLJTeen News


Teen winners of a Banned Books Essay Contest in Colorado Springs were recently announced. “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth was named 2015 Illinois Young Adult Librarian of the Year. Readers have the opportunity to win a copy of Ann Jacobus’s Romancing the Dark in the City of Light.

Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board


Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than SLJ’s BBW Pinterest page, curated by blogger and collection development librarian Molly Wetta.

SLJ Welcomes Back “Someday” Printz Blog


Celebrating its fifth year, SLJ’s “Someday My Printz Will Come” blog has returned. It will continue to speculate about possible contenders for YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award while even adding a few podcast episodes liven up the discussion.

Nicola Yoon Spills “Everything, Everything” About Her YA Debut


SLJ chats with Nicola Yoon, debut author of the YA novel Everything, Everything.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano | SLJ Review

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SLJ’s starred review of Sonia Manzano—Sesame Street‘s “Maria”—YA memoir.

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney | SLJ Review


PINKNEY, Andrea Davis. Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound. 176p. chron. discog. index. notes. photos. Roaring Brook. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781596439733.
Gr 5 Up–A tour of the musical powerhouse’s history done with verve and panache. “The Groove” takes readers through the birth and demise of Motown, one of the most influential African American-owned enterprises in the world’s social and musical history. Centering around Gordy Berry, the talented tastemaker and eventual mogul, the ingenious narration highlights the […]

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir


SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Game on! Gaming at the Library | SummerTeen 2015


Looking to incorporate games in your library’s programming and collections? A panel of librarians shared ideas and best practices on the topic during the first ever teen services track of SLJ’s SummerTeen all-day virtual event on August 13.

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month; Giveaway: Lubar’s “Sophomores” | SLJTeen News


Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.

Ghost Stories That Aren’t: Moïra Fowley-Doyle on “The Accident Season”


Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle chats with SLJ about her haunting YA debut, The Accident Season.

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”


SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers | SLJ Review


Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Came Home. illus. by Oliver Jeffers. 48p. Philomel. Sept. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399172755.

K-Gr 2–Duncan’s crayons are back in this companion to the spectacular The Day the Crayons Quit (Philomel, 2014), and they are just as forthright as ever. A stack of postcards arrive for the neglectful boy, this time written by a new batch of crayons who have been forgotten at motels, lost under the couch, or left behind in the basement. Maroon […]