April 23, 2014

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Beach Reads, Royal Intrigue, and Genre-Bending Tales | What’s Hot in YA

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The following titles–from Justin Somper’s first foray into YA lit and Danielle Paige’s wicked Dorothy Must Die to Sally Green’s witchy Half Bad and E. Lockhart’s much-anticipated We Were Liars– offer teens a plethora of attention-worthy narratives.

Teens Review Jennifer Brown’s ‘Torn Away,’ Blake Nelson’s Latest, and More

Everyone Dies in the End

Tornadoes, time-travelers (of a sort), a faery killer and a surf rat all figure prominently in this column’s featured titles. And one, Everyone Dies in the End, is written by a school librarian. As a reminder that no two readers are alike, take the time to check out our Double Take on The Falconer.

Teens Review the Latest from The Fray, Foster the People, Donkey Kong | Music and Games

Donkey Kong Tropcial Freeze

Donkey Kong goes way north with Tropical Freeze, while The Fray and Foster the People continue the climb to the top of the charts with their latest albums, Helios and Supermodel.

Teens Review the Latest from Armentrout, Caletti, and More

Don't Look Back

In Don’t Look Back, Sam desperately tries to regain her memory, while in The Last Forever, Tessa struggles not to lose hers. Teens weigh in with second takes on Noggin and Sekret.

‘Dear Nobody’: SLJ Chats with Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

Dear Nobody

Dear Nobody: The Real Life Diary of Mary Rose focuses on the reality of being a teen with cystic fibrosis. Coeditors Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil talked to SLJ about what drove them to bring Mary Rose’s story to life.

Teens Review the Latest from Eric Church, Beck | Music and Games

The Outsiders

While Eric Church keeps fans guessing on The Outsiders with his combination of musical sounds, Beck continues to build on a solid career with the release of Morning Phase. Gamer alert—the Titanfall universe challenges include small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial, and man vs. machine.

YA A-Listers Deliver New Hits │JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen


Bring on the A-Listers! Magaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Hale, Jonathan Corey Whaley, and Chris Wooding all have new titles out that teens will want to know about.

Conclusions to Popular Teen Lit Sagas | Fiction Series Update: YA Trilogies


Whether a paranormal romance aficionado or a dystopian or postapocalyptic fiction completist, teen readers can slake their hunger for series fiction with the following picks.

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Latest Titles by Brashares, Lynch, Pike | What’s Hot in YA


From chick lit and urban fiction to the latest nonfiction and graphic novel innovations, the following books will intrigue teens and keep them coming back for more.

Teens Review ‘The Summer I Saved the World… in 65 Days’, and Three Debuts

The Summer I Saved the World

How about a heaping serving of contemporary tween and teen coming-of-age fiction? That’s exactly what our reviewers are dishing out in this week’s column.

Teens Review ‘After the Disco’, ‘Fable Anniversary’ | Music and Games

Fable Anniversary

Could the Fable franchise be improved? You betcha. Teens review the latest entry in this gaming series and new collaborative music offerings.

The Debut: Leslye Walton on ‘The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender’

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

SLJTeen caught up with Lesley Walton to discuss her magical realism-infused debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. The author had to do a lot of research sitting in cafes, eating croissants and pain du chocolat.

From Tearjerkers to Action-packed Superhero Thrillers | What’s Hot in YA

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Melissa Kantor and Ava Dellaira’s YA titles will have readers reaching for tissues while Shannon Hale and Lamar Giles’s new books offer heart-pumping rides. Check out the latest from Lauren Oliver, Beth Kephart, and other “hot” titles for teens.

Teens Review Kephart’s ‘Going Over’, Han’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, and More


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.

Teens Review ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’, ‘Salute’ and ‘Music Speaks’ | Music and Games

Music Speaks, by Candice Glover

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.

Best Books for Teens Living in the ‘Margins’ | YA Underground


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.

Teens Review ‘The Winner’s Curse’, Latest from Charles Benoit, and More

Winner's Curse

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.”

Teens Review Peter Gabriel, Grammy Compilation, and LEGO Movie Video Game

2014 Grammy Nominees

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.

Teens Review ‘Dead Rising 3′, ‘Inside Lleywn Davis’ and ‘Frozen’ Soundtracks


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.

Teens Review ‘Divided We Fall’, Latest from Julie Halpern, and More

F It List

“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.