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March 31, 2015

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Teens Review Beach Reads, Tearjerkers, and Humorous YA

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Check out the latest assessments from SLJ’s resident teen reviewers, including Amy Spalding’s hilarious Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and Sarah Benwell’s The Last Leaves Falling.

Ann Burlingame Wins 2015 Sullivan Award; National Poetry Month Contest; Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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A contest and verse giveaway to kick off National Poetry Month; NEH makes The Great Stories Club program possible with $350,000 to ALA; strut your YA stuff at ALA Annual 2016; Ann Burlingame is winner of the 2015 Sullivan Award.

Spokes People | SLJ Spotlight

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Two nonfiction picture books reimagine the benefits of bicycles.

Documentary sheds light on vicious bullying cycle in “Mentor” | DVD Pick

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A powerful documentary about bullying and suicide in a small town.

Seattle Public Library Named a ‘Safe Place’ for Teens

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As part of its National Safe Place Week (March 15−21) celebration, Seattle Public Library (SPL), with its 27 locations, was officially named a Safe Place on March 16. This designation recognizes SPL as a place where youth ages 12–17 can ask for help when in crisis.

From the Page to the Screen | Multimedia Reviews, March 2015

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This month features the arrival of the DVD and audio versions of Jon Agee’s satirical Nothing, Alison McGhee’s wintry Making a Friend, and Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton’s The Very Fairy Princess, who lets her sparkle out in both formats. Christopher Myers’s H.O.R.S.E. and Ann M. Martin’s Reign are among the starred audiobook reviews.

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Ferguson Library Director Wins Lemony Snicket Prize

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Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson (MO) Municipal Public Library, has been awarded ALA’s second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity. Daniel Handler and Jacqueline Woodson will co-present Bonner with the prize in June during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco.

Alice Hoffman on “Nightbird” | “I Write the Book I Want to Read.”

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In an interview, Alice Hoffman talks about her new middle grade novel, “Nightbird,” and the power of fairy tales.

Feisty Females in Secret Societies | New Fiction for Young Adults

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Following the enormous success of Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” trilogy, action-packed novels with powerful female protagonists have become a mainstay of young adult lit.

“Clean Reader” App Strips Ebooks of Profanity

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The filter, represented by a small electronic broom, blocks offensive words and can be set to “clean,” “cleaner,” or “squeaky clean.”

Step into Native American Research: PebbleGo Next | Reference Online

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With a heavy focus on Native American history (future modules will incorporate other topics), PebbleGo Next is one database you and your patrons will want to look for.

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New Titles by Molly Idle, William Joyce, & Steve Jenkins | SLJ Sneak Peek

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New picture books by Molly Idle and William Joyce; a middle grade superhero tale by James Patterson; a picture book biography about New Orleans musician, Trombone Shorty; and more. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the upcoming April issue.

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

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Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.

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Pictures of the Week: NorthSouth Book Launch Party for “My Grandma Is a Ninja”

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NorthSouth Books held a launch party on March 11 for My Grandma Is a Ninja, written by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou.

Get Your Head in the Game: Sports in YA | SLJ Spotlight

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Sensational sports titles to get teens’ adrenaline pumping.

Pictures of the Week: New Teacher Librarian Training at P.S. 192

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SLJ was on hand for a day of professional development for a group of new teacher librarians, some decked out in green, at P.S. 192 in New York City on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.

YALSA Teen Intern Grant Winners Announced; Chronicle Books Giveaway | ‘SLJTeen’ News

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Dana Walrath’s YA novel-in-verse will not let us forget the horrors of the 1915 Armenian genocide; enter to win a copy. YALSA and the Dollar Literacy Foundation present Teen Intern Grants to libraries in 20 states. Chronicle Books has ARCs available for Beth Kephart’s latest and more.

Teens Review “Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings” Readalikes, and More

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Check out a second take on The Witch Hunter and an interesting twist on a dystopian society based on personal debt; in Hit, paybacks can be fatal. None of the books on this list are quite like the other. Teen reviewers share their thoughts.

Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

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When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Black Authors and Self-Publishing

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Systematic exclusion in traditional publishing has fostered a community of self-published authors of color who are committed to social justice.