July 23, 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.

Prolific YA Author Eileen Cook Opens Up About “With Malice”

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The SLJTeen Live panelist chats with SLJ about what inspires her as an author and her latest thriller, With Malice.

Your Worst Nightmare | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for a good scare? Check out the latest spine-tingling YA offerings sure to keep teens up at night.

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

Brooklyn Public Library Honors Teens with Inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Prize

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Brooklyn Public Library honored budding teen writers with top prizes for their inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Contest on June 7.

36 Mature Reads for Older Teens

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As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”

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Since The Raven Boys, the YA author has had teens spellbound by the trials of Blue, her fatal curse, and the enigmatic boys at a local private school. Maggie Stiefvater chats about The Raven King and what’s next on the horizon.

“This One Summer” Restored to Henning, MN, School District Library, with Restrictions

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The award-winning graphic novel This One Summer has come under fire again, this time in Henning, MN.

Archie Vol. 1. by Mark Waid | SLJ Review

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Waid, Mark. Archie Vol. 1. illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, & Veronica Fish. 176p. Archie Comics. Mar. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781627388672. 

Gr 7 Up –Archie Andrews and the Riverdale teens have been reimagined by Eisner Award–winning writer Waid and “Saga” artist Staples with a fresh, 21st-century spin in time for the franchise’s 75th anniversary. While still keeping the boy-next-door charm and sweet sensibility of the original comics, this volume, which collects the first six […]

“Pride and Prejudice” YA Redux | SLJ Spotlight

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s classic continues to inspire new YA adaptations every year. Give these titles to budding Janeites or teens looking for YA romances with a unique spin.

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

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.