May 4, 2016

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Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

YA Tales from Down Under | SLJ Spotlight

Hartnett, Sonya. Golden Boys

From a nuanced look at abuse to a fun read about a teen who communicates with ghosts, these latest works set in Australia are sure to wow U.S. teens.

Hiding in Plain Sight | SLJ Spotlight

BARROUX. Where’s the Elephant

Whether it’s a story about a game of counting and scouting for hidden friends or looking for cleverly concealed visual clues, these books sharpen children’s observation skills and allow them to succeed vicariously by paying attention, honing sharp-eyed reflexes, and having fun along the way.

Love Is in the Air! | SLJ Spotlight

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Filled with reassuring sentiment, tender affirming language, and warm and fuzzy artwork, these titles are all about the joys that friendship, camaraderie, and caring can bring.

The Real Deal: Three New Realistic Middle Grade Novels

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Three new titles that tackle the pathos and humor of the here-and-now.

A Dog’s Life | SLJ Spotlight

HOROWITZ, Alexandra. Inside of a Dog- Young Readers Edition

From books exploring different breeds to training guides, dog-related titles are well represented in the 590s, but readers will definitely want to check out these two additions, which examine our canine companions in new and intriguing lights.

Brand New Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

KNIGHT, Mary. Saving Wonder

From quirky mysteries and intricate steampunk adventures to environmental allegory and multi-layered fantasy, this crop of fresh new voices on the middle grade scene should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of eager young readers.

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

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From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.

Blast to the Recent Past | SLJ Spotlight

HITCHCOCK, Bonnie-Sue. The Smell of Other People’s Houses

The following YA titles take place from the 1970s to the mid-aughts, each offering a glimpse of the recent past, and perhaps a little bit of hindsight.

Saying Goodbye | SLJ Spotlight

ELLIS, Sarah. Ben Says Goodbye.

These tender and affecting picture books deal with loss in an honest and age-appropriate way. While diverse in their subject matter and style, all of the books have a gentle tone, and offer positive and hopeful ways to cope with them.

Family Matters | SLJ Spotlight

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From struggling to find footing as a foster kid to having a mom with depression, these YA titles are about working through real-life situations.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Hillary Rodham Clinton A Woman Living History

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Magical Mysteries | SLJ Spotlight

The Deadly 7

Who’s the Roald Dahl of today? Well, filling those storied shoes is a tall order, but there are some excellent and emerging middle grade authors who are taking up the task.

Second That Emotion | SLJ Spotlight

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Several recently reviewed picture books for young children tackle the complexities of emotion.

They Came from Outer Space | SLJ Spotlight

We Are the Ants

These YA titles are quite out of this world. The following titles will pique the interest of sci-fi fans and teens looking to the stars for the secrets of the universe.

Friday Night Lights & Romance | SLJ Spotlight

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Two new YA titles combine sports and sparks of romance.

Good Grief | SLJ Spotlight

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Three titles tackle “tough topics” for middle graders seeking darker reads.

It’s a Small World After All | SLJ Spotlight

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Three new nonfiction titles that help make the world just a little bit smaller for young readers.

Creepy & Spooky Tales for Teens | SLJ Spotlight

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Five creepy titles for teen horror fans.

Ten Years Later: Hurricane Katrina

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Published to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several new titles revisit this moment in history with clarity, compassion, and an appreciation for the resiliency demonstrated by those impacted.