February 17, 2017

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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.

Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

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Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

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Download SLJ’s 2017 Battle of the Kids’ Books Brackets

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Need a fun, colorful way to keep track of which book advances to the next round in SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books? Download our handy 11 x 17 PDF of the brackets.

Interview: Renée Watson on YA Novel “Piecing Me Together”

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SLJ chats with Renée Watson about her stirring YA novel Piecing Me Together .

In the Margins Book Committee Announces Winners for 2017

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Now in its fourth year, the In the Margins selection committee has released its full list of 2017 winners. The group identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional venues in the margins.

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

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After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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The Youth Media Awards aren’t the only prizes in town. SLJ rounds up other children’s and young adult selection lists announced during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Teens Review Zana Fraillon’s “The Bone Sparrow,” New Fantasy, and More

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The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group weigh in about Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow, new fantasy titles, and Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet, among other recent releases.

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

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Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.

Teens Review New Historical Fiction, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new titles, including Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist.

Nicola Yoon and Julie Buxbaum Talk Up YA Lit, National Book Awards, and More

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Two notable YA authors interview each other about their latest works, upcoming projects, and love for teen lit—especially romances.

Teens Review LGBTQ Romances, “A Darkly Beating Heart,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on diverse LGBTQ titles, a sci-fi adventure, and “A Darkly Beating Heart,” a time-traveling novel set in 19th-century Japan.

LGBTQ in Genre Fiction | SLJ Spotlight

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While coming-out stories will always be necessary in teen lit, it’s refreshing to see that LGBTQ protagonists are taking center stage in mysteries, sci-fi, romance, and other genre fiction. These latest titles offer engaging narratives with nonheteronormative leads that all young adults will find fun to read.

Creepify Your Library: Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest Board

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Librarian Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest board. Check out some fun and creepy ideas for Halloween programs, displays, and more.

Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on “Rani Patel in Full Effect”

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel shared with SLJ what inspired her to write her hard-hitting novel set in early 90s Hawaii.

On the Road, Again: New YA Road Trip Novels | SLJ Spotlight

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Nothing signifies “coming of age” as well as a road trip. And as the protagonists in these YA novels prove, the twists and turns of highways and inevitable vehicle malfunctions are part and parcel of this rite of passage. From an Odyssey-like journey to an artist’s struggle to forge her own identity in the Jim Crow South, the following works highlight the ups and downs of adolescence and the winding adventures of the road.

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Native American Comics Anthology

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AH Comics, the publisher of 2015 SLJ Best Book Moonshot Vol. 1, has spearheaded a crowdsourced funding campaign to finance the second installment of the award-winning anthology of Native American comics.

Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Córdova on “Labyrinth Lost”

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Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost combines teen angst, Latinx traditions, and the power of love. SLJ caught up with the YA author to chat about her writing process, favorite characters, and more.

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”

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SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan | SLJ Review

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Phelan, Matt. Snow White: A Graphic Novel. illus. by Matt Phelan. 216p. Candlewick. Sept. 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780763672331.

Gr 4-8 –Spanning the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Phelan’s noir-esque adaption of the classic fairy tale is atmospheric, clever, and touching. Samantha White, affectionately called Snow White by her ailing mother, is sent off to a boarding school as her father, the King of Wall Street, grieves his wife’s death by marrying the dazzling Queen […]

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales | SLJ Review

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Morales, Yuyi. Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. illus. by Yuyi Morales. 40p. ebook available. glossary. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626722408.

PreS-Gr 2 –Niño is back in this rollicking adventure, but he takes backseat to the Rudas: his mischievous little sisters. The masked hero’s siblings do not play by the rules, and they conquer each of their opponents with incredibly rude feats and moves that young readers will find familiar (and hilarious): the […]