A teen slips into a dangerous mental state after seeing an apparition of a girl who has gone missing in 17 & Gone; Landry Park introduces a future world in which the gentry hearken back to the Victorian era; and award-winning John Corey Whaley knocks another one out of the park with Noggin.
Each year SLJTeen rotates the responsibility for reviews by teens to one of the YA Galley Groups selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In 2014, the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) from Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be taking over teen reviews.
Every fall the “Adult Books 4 Teens” reviewers come together to nominate, discuss, and select the best reading of the year for a list that guarantees a combination of excellence and appeal to young adults. All of these books were originally reviewed on SLJ’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/adult4teen).
SLJTeen young adult reviewers tackle four new teen books. Gayle Forman pulls off a great sequel with Just One Year. Lottery winners meet the devil and the archangel Michael in Tammar Stein’s Spoils. In David Klass’s, Grandmaster, chess becomes a metaphor for life’s challenges and joys. Caminar, written in verse by Skila Brown, takes readers to war-torn Guatemala.
Millions of fans will be flocking to football stadiums and television screens to cheer on their favorite teams. To enhance their enjoyment of the sport, readers may want to turn to this week’s On the Radar selections for middle grade and teen readers, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.