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May 27, 2015

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Shelley Diaz

About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is Senior Editor of School Library Journal's Reviews. 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.

Ballerinas Behaving Badly: Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton on “Tiny Pretty Things”

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Debut YA authors Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton discuss how they came to write Tiny Pretty Things, a novel about diverse ballerinas fighting for roles in a posh dance boarding school, and what inspired them to create the book packaging company for diverse teen books, CAKE Literary.

Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

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Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

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The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Jane Addams 2015 Award Winners; Apply for Best Buy Teen Tech Grants; NYT Summer Reading Contest | SLJTeen News

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The winners of the 2015 Jane Addams Book Awards include Teri Kanefield’s The Girl from the Tar Paper School. Sarah Hill has been chosen as the President-Elect of YALSA. Teens can participate in a summer reading contest run by the New York Times. Best Buy is offering up to $10,000 to nonprofits working with teens and tech programming.

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

Adopt-a-Library Program Reveals Winners; “Nowhere But Here” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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The debut authors’ group Freshmen Fifteens announces the winners of its mini-grants. The 2015 International Latino Book Awards finalists are revealed. Enter for a chance to win a copy of Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. Get a preview of Awkward graphic novel from Yen Press.

Superpowered Heroines | SLJ Spotlight

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Five exciting new titles feature fierce female superheroes.

Super and Magical Webcomic Now in Print: Jillian Tamaki on “SuperMutant Magic Academy”

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On the heels of the publication of her first solo YA work, a collection of her webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, about teen witches and mutants who attend a Hogwarts-like school, Jillian Tamaki shared with SLJ what inspired her to work on this long-running project and what she’s got planned next.

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books; Teen Read Week Grants; Springtime Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The American Library Association has announced 2014’s most frequently challenged books. Teen Read Week grants are available from YALSA. Enter in two YA book giveaways. See how one librarian hosted a Doctor Who–themed lock-in with great success.

“Port Chicago 50″ Wins Seventh Annual Battle of the Kids’ Books

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In BOB’s final round, The Closer, Newbery Medalist Clare Vanderpool, selects Steve Sheinkin’s Port Chicago 50 as the victor of the yearly virtual tournament of books for children and teens.

The Importance of Girls’ Stories: SLJ Chats with Nova Ren Suma About “The Walls Around Us”

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YA novelist Nova Ren Suma shares what inspired her to write about killer ballerinas and a bookish incarcerated teen in her latest work, which explores feminism, friendship, and unlikable narrators.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

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From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

Graphic Novels, Diversity Dominate in SLJ’s 2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books First Round

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The opening round of the annual virtual tournament featuring children’s and young adult books in a March Madness—like competition has come to a close. Graphic novels This One Summer and El Deafo and celebrated titles Brown Girl Dreaming and Port Chicago 50, among others, have continued on to fight another day.

2015 Debut YA Authors Launch Adopt-a-Library Initiative

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A group of first-time YA authors have banded together to adopt 15 school and public libraries, offering participating sites the chance to receive a set of 15 books, Skype author visits, and virtual Q&As. Applications are due by April 24.

Girl Power to the Max: SLJ Chats with the Creators of the “Lumberjanes” Comics

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The all-female conceived and produced “Lumberjanes” comics are truly a unique team effort. SLJ caught up with three of the creators, Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen to discuss their collaborative process and inspiration for the campy series.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

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From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.

How Do You BOB?: Librarians, Parents Share the Ways They’re Celebrating Battle of the Kids’ Books

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With just a few weeks to go until the first Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) match on March 9, schools, parent groups, and librarians across the country are gearing up for this year’s March Madness–style tournament. Check out a few examples of how BOB has become a fun, educational, and community-building event.

Kid Lit Still Mostly White, but Diversity Gaining Ground

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Children’s books with significant African or African American content nearly doubled in 2014, according to new data from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There was also a slight uptick in publications featuring Asian/Pacific or Asian/Pacific American content.

2015 Battle of the Kids’ Books Battle Plans and Brackets Unveiled

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We’re less than a month away from the official start of SLJ’s seventh annual Battle of the Kids’ Books, and the Battle Commander has just revealed this year’s battle plans and brackets for the March Madness–type contest.