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April 15, 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.

Apply by June 1 for YALSA/Dollar General Teen Read Week Grants

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YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarding 10 grants of $1000 to libraries with innovative programming ideas for Teen Read Week 2014. Apply by June 1.

Reality That is Stranger Than Fiction | YA Underground

Left for Dead

After a successful first year, In the Margins Committee founder Amy Cheney highlights some of the recent must-have titles for libraries in urban areas that might not be on the radar of the library community at large.

Reach Out and Connect: Using Flat Connections for Collaboration | Tech Tidbits

Flat Connections

Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage shares her thoughts on why Flat Connections can offer a fresh perspective in participatory global collaboration and provide a rich authentic educational experience for students.

We HEART Teen Ebooks in Libraries! | Sponsored

Eleanor & Park

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK and many other award-winning titles are now available as ebooks in your libraries? Find out more in this Macmillan-sponsored post.

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

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Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

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.

Spring YA Lit from Chronicle | ARC Giveaway

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April showers bring May ARCs! Chronicle Books wants you to preview two May titles, The Falconer and The Meaning of Maggie.

The Debut: SLJTeen Talks with Laura McHugh, Author of ‘The Weight of Blood’

The Weight of Blood

Laura McHugh‘s debut novel is set in rural, small-town Missouri, deep in the Ozarks. This dark coming-of-age mystery follows a 17-year-old girl determined to investigate the murder of a friend from school, a search which leads to the earlier murder of her own mother. SLJ contributor Diane Colson shares her recent conversation with McHugh here in SLJTeen.

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

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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.

‘One Teen Story’ Hosts Short Story Writing Contest for Teens

One Teen Story

Calling all teen writers. One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adults, is looking for original, unpublished fiction written by teens ages 14-19.

‘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.

Sponsored: We Love YA Griffin Teen | Oh the Horror! Macmillan Rocks TLA

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Nothing says April like TLA! Macmillan/Griffin Teen is kicking it up in San Antonio with panels featuring C.C. Hunter and Jonathan Maberry – reserve your seats now. And don’t forget the ever-popular Publishers’ Book Buzz… (Content sponsored by Macmillan)

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

Dangerous

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

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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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Rush Limbaugh—Children’s Choice Book Author of the Year?

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What do Rush Limbaugh and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series author, Jeff Kinney, have in common? They’re both up for the Author of the Year in the Children & Teen’s Choice Book Award.

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

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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.