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September 2, 2014

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Portrait of an Author: SLJ Chats with Jandy Nelson About ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’

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Former literary agent Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun is told not only in alternating narratives but also in alternating time lines. SLJ caught up with the author to talk about her unique writing process, love of magical realism, and casting wishlist for the optioned film version.

‘Til We Meet Again: New Series Installments for Intermediate Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Children in second through fourth grades often exhaust a complete series in a matter of weeks. Check out the following chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild that feature characters undergoing the same hijinks and adventures as their young readers.

New Series Entries for Independent Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Greatest Star on Earth

From Amber Brown to fairly new-on-the-scene Magician Mike Lane, beloved characters are welcomed by young readers. When a well-loved author introduces a new series, librarians also sit up and take notice. The following titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer independent readers the comfort of well-known friends

The Story Behind Adele Griffin’s Hybrid Novel, ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone’

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Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.

Scary, Creepy, and Dangerous: Novels to Read in One Gulp │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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With a little danger, some suspense, and a dose of the supernatural, these middle grade titles selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will have kids reading long past their curfew.

JK Rowling Posts New Story About Harry Potter, Age 34, on ‘Pottermore’ Blog

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After JK Rowling published a new post about Harry Potter as a 34-year-old man visiting the World Quidditch Cup Final with his family in Patagonia on July 8, Daniel Radcliffe not only promised to read it, but said he would not likely be playing Harry Potter again. “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”

Resources for Summer Fiction Reading Lists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (or, The Pictures Question)

Is there a more wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon than with a pile of amazing books and an icy beverage? Check out the ready-to-use resources in JLG’s Booktalks to Go’s award-winning LiveBinder for incorporating these titles into lessons or booktalks.

History in Fiction: More than Just the Facts │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Writing historical fiction calls for lots of research. Language, clothing, housing, technology are just the tip of the factual iceberg when it comes to building a story based on actual events. Use the following fictional titles, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, to support the Common Core while leading middle schoolers to the facts.

Tom Cruise’s Sci-Fi Thriller and a Round-Up of Out-of-this-World Reads for Teens

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Edge of Tomorrow, an adrenaline-charged blockbuster, blasts into theaters on June 6. Whether dipping into time-touring paradoxes, unwelcome alien intruders, the perilous consequences of science misused, or warp-velocity adventure, the riveting reads assembled here will reel in moviegoers as well as genre enthusiasts.

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

The Best of the Underrated Middle School Books

A list of recommended, but too little loved books “for the middle schoolers of the world,” by Betsy Bird.

Teens Review ‘Second Star’, ‘Hungry’, and a Second Take on ‘My Last Kiss’

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Our teen reviewers report on a reimagining of the Peter Pan story, Second Star, and an intriguing look at a world without food, Hungry. The latter title adds to the recent spate of environmental fiction in YA lit.

Gothic Romances, Sci-Fi Adventures, and a John Green Readalike | What’s Hot in YA

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Looking for a John Green readalike? Search no further than Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s eerie novel set in Barcelona will entice and haunt teens. And if you thought the dystopian and paranormal novels have worn out their welcome—Michelle Krys, Catherine Linka, and Kelsey Foster bring fresh takes to the tried-and-true genres. The following young adult, nonfiction, and crossover titles will grab reluctant and avid readers alike.

It Merely Looks Like a Toaster: Fantasy Novels for Middle Schoolers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

City of Death

Menacing appliances are just one part of the story in Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman’s adventure. Check out the next installments in Pete Hautman’s “Seven Wonders” and Catherine Fisher’s “Obsidian Mirror” series. Rebecca Hahn joins this elite group of fantasy authors with her debut novel for fans of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

Pictures of the Week: National Kid Lit Ambassador Kate DiCamillo Visits ‘School Library Journal’

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En route to host the Children’s Book Week gala in New York City on May 14, National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Kate DiCamillo stopped by the SLJ office. The 2014 Newbery Award-winning author of Flora & Ulysses shared galleys of her next chapter book Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, out this August, and a companion to the “Mercy Watson” books.

Seeking an LGBTQ Middle-Grade Blockbuster

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Kids are coming out younger, reflecting their courage and desire to live authentic lives. Will the first major queer character for middle-graders emerge through a big publishing house—or find a voice through the chaotic fan fiction of the Internet?

New Novels for Intermediate Readers from Andrea Cheng, Kate Klise, and Others │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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For kids who want books that are meatier than independent readers, but are not quite ready for middle grade novels, the following stand-alone and series chapter books—selected by Junior Library Guild editors—will grab their attention.

What Makes a Family?: Novels for Middle Grade Readers | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Today’s families are increasingly blended, made up of different cultures and circumstances. Children’s literature reflects this growing trend with books that feature biracial kids, matriarch-led households, and more. Offer these new titles by award-winning fan favorites selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Boy Hijinks: Independent Readers with Male Protagonists│ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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From adventurous ants to budding magicians and reluctant dog walkers to intrepid big brothers, the characters in the following independent readers tackle friendship woes, class projects, and new hobbies.

No More Pink: Independent Readers with Independent Female Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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From a naughty girl-turned-spy to a best friend who sometimes makes mistakes, these strong female characters make their own choices, even when it’s scary to do so.

Great Books About Eggs and Chicks

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Bursting with a sense of exhilarating discovery, natural renewal, and out-and-out exuberance, these 12 lively books for young readers about eggs and chicks are just right for spring.