October 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.

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


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


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


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”


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


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


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”


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”


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


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 […]

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Literacy Is Magic: Traci Chee on World-Building, Fantasy, and “The Reader”

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SLJ caught up with debut YA fantasy author Traci Chee and talked about her path to publishing, the need for diversity in genre teen fiction, and her writing process.

YA Shakespeare Retellings | SLJ Spotlight


William Shakespeare’s plays have found a welcoming home in YA adaptations. Complete with a diverse cast and contemporary settings, these works play with the legendary playwright’s plots, characters, and themes.

The Boy Who Lived Returns: Libraries Celebrate a New “Harry Potter” Book


Libraries everywhere are getting ready for the publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31. Check out what they’re doing!

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


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”


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


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


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


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.