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July 6, 2015

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Teens Review Band-Themed Romance, Holocaust Nonfiction, and More

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From a historical account of the horrific personal stories of people who were tortured in concentration camps during the Holocaust to a breezy romance about a teen band, the following works reviewed by the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group run the gamut of YA offerings.

Manga 101

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A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

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Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

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A Wise Vole, a Powerful Hurricane Katrina Tale, & Well-Crafted Dystopian Adventure | Middle Grade

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Tender animal adventure, a powerfully told story set against the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, and a finely crafted dystopian adventure set aboard a massive ship top the list of great middle grade novels reviewed in our June issue.

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Meet the Reviewer | Maggie Knapp

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Who are the brilliant and passionate librarians behind SLJ’s reviews? This month we take a peek behind the books to learn about Maggie Knapp, who reviews YA and middle grade books.

Evolution of a Maker Space, From “Monstie Stuffie” Projects to a Giant Catapult

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Colleen Graves, SLJ Maker Workshop speaker and 2014 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, describes how her little middle school library maker space grew to encompass an inter-school catapult challenge, an international network, and the support and enthusiasm of teachers.

Pictures of the Week: SLJ at Urban Libraries Unite’s 24-Hour Read-In at NYC City Hall

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Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal’s reviews editor, and Shelley Diaz, senior editor, volunteered on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Urban Libraries Unite 24-hour Read-In.

Feminist Western, Hollywood Spy Caper, and LGBTQ Greek Myth | High School YA

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Erin Bowman’s latest features an avenging teen in the vein of True Grit. A Hollywood darling struggles with personal demons as the Cold War ignites. And Sarah McCarry concludes her “Metamorphosis” trilogy with About a Girl.

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A “Les Miz” Reboot, Diverse Sci-Fi, and Steampunk NYC | Middle School YA

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Several offerings will satisfy science fiction fans, especially those seeking more diversity within the genre. Check out reviews for these works and more middle school titles showcased in SLJ’s June issue.

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ALA and ISTE: How Best to Plan, Learn, Network, Party, and Follow Up

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Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, here are six tips for you to get the most professional development bang for your buck.

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SPONSORED: Join Macmillan (Adult) at 2015 ALA Annual

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Macmillan (Adult) invites librarians attending the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco to visit their booth (#1009) and attend teen-friendly and YA-focused events. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

“Cartwheeling” is a touching tale of loss, and growth| Audio Pick

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RUNDELL, Katherine. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms. 6 CDs. 6:30 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. $66.75. ISBN 978149064330. Playaway, digital download.
Gr 3-7–Twelve-year-old Will roams freely in the countryside of Zimbabwe, often with her best friend, stable boy Simon. Motherless since five, she’s deeply loved by her farm manager father and Captain Brown, the old bachelor who owns Two Tree Hill Farm. Smart, fearless, but largely unschooled, she likes books, tends her pet monkey, and rides her horse as she thrives despite the disapproval […]

Batgirl and Friends; “The Scarlet Letter” Manga | YA Graphic Novels

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Teens confront villains in superhero gear and without. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic gets a new look.

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Mariella Mystery, Zombie Hamsters, and Magic | Series Update

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These series updates are sure to please fans: Mariella Mystery is on the case, Ehrich Weisz continues the search for his brother, and Havelock McCreely writes another “Zombie Hamster” installment.

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One Step at a Time | Beginning Readers

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An array of titles on the reading primer spectrum, offering sight clues and decoding practice for newbies and newly independent readers.

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Look and Look Again | SLJ Spotlight

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Four new titles provide exciting, interactive quests for young readers.

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

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Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

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Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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A Robust Crop of Summer and Fall Titles| Elementary Picture Books

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A sweet selection of picture books, including greats new titles from Emily Jenkins, Stephen Savage, Sergio Ruzzier, Emily Gravett, Hannah Harrison, and Dan Yaccarino. Arguably the most exciting offering is by the inimitable Kevin Henkes.

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T Is for Toddlers | Early Childhood Picture Books

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An array of titles to tickle and delight young listeners when shared one-on-one or in a small groups.

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