November 17, 2017

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Bang by Barry Lyga | SLJ Review

LYGA, Barry. Bang. 304p. Little, Brown. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316315500; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780316315531. POP

Gr 10 Up –When Sebastian Cody was four years old, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. A decade later, in the summer before his sophomore year in high school, he can no longer endure the guilt, everyone’s knowing and nervous stares, and the constant feeling that he doesn’t deserve to be alive. Sebastian decides to take […]

A List of Cages by Robin Roe | SLJ Review

ROE, Robin. A List of Cages. 320p. ebook available. Disney-Hyperion. Jan. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781484763803.

Gr 9 Up –Julian—shy, quiet, and nervous—has just entered high school, and it’s a nightmare. Kids pick on him for the children’s books that he keeps in his backpack; teachers berate him for not speaking up in class and for handing in near-illegible assignments because of his undiagnosed dyslexia. He hides away in the school theater at lunchtime just to get away from […]

Scythe by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

SHUSTERMAN, Neal. Scythe. 448p. ebook available. S. & S. Nov. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781442472426.

Gr 8 Up –In a world in which humanity has conquered death (no aging, no disease, no poverty, no war), ruled by the Thunderhead, an omniscient evolution of today’s cloud, Scythes are the only ones who are allowed to take a human life. They are considered to be the best humanity has to offer, and they roam the world “gleaning” people in order to […]

SLJ Chats with Helena Coggan, Teen Author of “The Catalyst”

The 17-year-old author discusses her dark, suspenseful YA debut, set in a magical world torn apart by war.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Suspense and Horror

The hour-long Thrills and Chills panel delivered fresh insights from prominent YA horror and suspense authors, including Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species).