Are psychological thrillers the next big thing in teen lit? Could be, if The Cellar and Sekret are indicators. You’ll also find a review of Going Over, the latest from Beth Kephart, and a triple serving on Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Tired of boy bands? Our teen reviewers think Little Mix and Candice Glover offer welcome respite. Gamers will be happy to know that Shadow Fall kicks the Killzone franchise up a notch.
This past year marked the inauguration of the In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee (ITM), which aims to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody—or a cycle of all three. We wanted to bring books by, for, and about people living in the margins to the forefront so we would have more books for our reluctant yet also voraciously readers.
Fantasy, suspense, and YA coming-of-age stories grace YAAC’s reviews in this issue. Longtime fans of Charles Benoit will be happy to see he’s still turning out thrillers that leave readers “devouring the pages to uncover the truth.”
How can you go wrong with a character named Emmett Brickowski? The LEGO Movie Gameis pleasing fans both young and old, as will cuts from the just released Grammy 2014 Nominees compilation. Peter Gabriel continues to be innovative and inspirational on his latest album, And I’ll Scratch Yours.
Just start humming the folk tune Five Hundred Miles, and it will stay in your head all day. Thank goodness the soundtrack from Inside Llewyn Davis has other equally mind-sticking options.
“There needs to be a sequel to this or I will cry,” says a teen reviewer about Trent Reedy’s latest title, Divided We Fall. See what others had to say about Tonya Hegamin’s Willow, Julie Halpern’s The F- It List, and more.
Teens looking for a hilarious, but poignant twist to the post-apocalyptic genre will gravitate toward Andrew Smith’s boundary-pushing Grasshopper Jungle. For sci-fi fans, Mindee Arnett’s Avalon captures the complexity of family dynamics set among the stars. And debut authors Jason Reynolds and Elle Cosimano have each produced a tour de force that is unputdownable.
Justin Bieber times the release of his unusual new album to coincide with appearance of his concert documentary in theaters; our SLJTeen reviewer identifies a more adult sound. Wii Fit U arrives just in time for New Year’s resolutions, and Nintendo is sweetening the deal with a free download, for a limited time.
The teen reviewers from the Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) did a lot of reading during the holiday break, and the reward is all ours. Some of the books they took a look at include the latest from Chris Lynch, noteworthy nonfiction, contemporary mysteries, a bit of magic realism, and a touch of sci-fi.
Pop star diva Britney Spears returns to the music scene with a self-titled album that features familiar and new sounds. While Live at Rome Olympic Stadium doesn’t feature any new tracks from Muse, it does offer the live concert experience. Mario in 3D? It’s here, and it’s rocking the format for Wii fans.
Cue the confetti cannons and cheerleaders: it’s time for our annual list of teen fiction from St. Martin’s Griffin! Check out the books and download the 2014 poster now.
While Defy is Sara Larson’s YA debut, readers will likely recognize Robin Benway from Audrey, Wait! and Michele Jaffe from her ‘Bad Kitty’ series. Our new crop of reviewers from Johnson County (KS) Library’s Young Adult Advisory Councils (YAAC) are starting the year off with three reviews that don’t hold back on strong opinion!
‘Tis the season, and gift-giving is on our minds. Here are three nonfiction titles that would make welcome presents for the right teens.
It is with mixed emotions that high school book group, Bookmarked, and librarian Elizabeth Kahn say goodbye to their stint as contributors to SLJTeen.
Though there’s time travel in Subway Love and a body transplant in Noggin, all of the featured titles here could loosely be labeled contemporary young adult fiction. While one teen attempts to escape from suburban atrophy in The Other Way Around, another finds her way out through dance in Warm Up. What’s not to love about YA books?
Gaga keeps the dance tunes coming on Artpop; the Catching Fire Soundtrack captures the mood of the book and movie; and Battlefield 4 offers “an awesome military playing experience.”
“Today we review three very different novels about families, none of them easy. The families, that is!,” writes Angela Carstensen on the Adult Books 4 Teens blog.
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.