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March 2, 2015

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Teens Review New YA Fantasy by Rachel Hartman, Sarah J. Maas, and E.K. Johnston

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SLJTeen’s new teen review group from Kitsap County, WA, has pulled out all the stops for its inaugural column. We have eight reviews, including two very different opinions on Melinda Salisbury’s The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

Page to Stage for Young Playwrights; Shakespeare Resources; “Charisma” Giveaway

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Keep these resources for Shakespeare units handy, and perhaps inspire the next generation of fantastic playwrights. If your YA collection is lacking Charisma, take a chance on winning a free copy.

In the Margins Announces First Social Justice/Advocacy Book Award

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Bryan Stevenson has won the In the Margins Social Justice/Advocacy Book Award for his 2014 title Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which traces his career of serving the imprisoned and his fight to change injustices in the system.

Flipped, Blended, or Stirred: Using Video to Enhance Learning in the Classroom | Tech Tidbits

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Video in the classroom is a promising, effective tool for student and teacher learning and education. Colorado teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tips on how to use digital video resources in the classroom.

Sponsored Content: Who Has 2015 Winners? Macmillan and Griffin Teen

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Let loose with the confetti! Macmillan and Griffin Teen are thrilled to share their 2015 young adult award-winners.

Interview: Debut Novelist Pamela Moses on How “The Appetites of Girls” Change Over a Decade

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While the setting for The Appetites of Girls is specifically Brown University in 1993, the emotions and issues explored throughout the book are universal. “AB4T” blogger Diane Colson goes behind-the-scenes with author Pamela Moses who is intimately familiar with this college environment.

Spanning the College Readiness Gap | Editorial

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Too many teens arrive at college unprepared to do the work ahead. From research savvy to life skills, college readiness needs to be addressed through concerted effort by educators and librarians.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

YA Smackdown at 2015 ALA Midwinter

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.

Promoting College Readiness via Pinterest |College Ready

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School and public librarians are leveraging social media—Pinterest, Twitter, and LibGuides—to get college information in front of high school seniors.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Minding the Gap with Teen Services Underground

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Teen services librarians longing for practical yet convivial professional dialogue have found it online in the blog “Teen Services Underground,” which debuted during the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

“Out of Easy” College Scholarship; Sample Friesen’s “Both of Me” | SLJTeen News

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Your teens can win money for college by simply writing an essay; get a sneak peek of Jonathan Friesen’s latest title, Both of Me.

Royal Intrigue and Superpowers: SLJ Chats with Debut Novelist Victoria Aveyard About “Red Queen”

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Rich world-building, enigmatic characters, and a breakneck pace mark Victoria Aveyard’s debut, Red Queen, as possibly “The Next Big Thing.” SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her inspiration for the epic fantasy/dystopian series.

A Passion for Fashion | Stylish Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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Whether riveted to reality TV design shows, thumbing through fashion mags or surfing blogs, trend-spotting at the mall, or mix-matching items from their own closets, teens have a passion for fashion.

Technology Pilots in Colorado Juvenile Facility Libraries Support Learning and Digital Literacy Skills

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The Division of Youth Corrections, in partnership with the Colorado State Library, has had a great run in its recent launches of multiple technology pilot projects in select juvenile correctional facilities statewide. These innovative initiatives are designed to support positive youth development and resilience for at-risk youth.

Teens Review Unique Coming-of-Age Novels and a High-Wire Mystery

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The setting for The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is the hospital pediatric ward, while Billy Kinsey in The Tragic Age deals with having a dysfunctional family by reading Heidigger. The Storyspinner, a fantasy/mystery mash-up, should be just the ticket for readers looking for a new scrappy heroine for which to cheer.

The Evolution of a Teen Librarian and Teen Services at Williamson County (TN) Public Library

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Erin Holt hit the ground running when she joined the teen services group at Williamson County (TN) Public Library six months ago. With her ideas and energy, the support of her director and teen staff, and the willingness to let teens drive the programming and focus of “their” library, Holt has been able to create a teen space that has proven to be wildly successful.

Spring 2015 Graphic Novels for Teens: Ayn Rand and the Badass Princesses

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Fantasy and reality collide in this spring’s teen graphic novels when a group of amusement-park princesses gang up to fight some bad guys in Part-Time Princesses and thousands of gamers get trapped inside an online game in Log Horizon.

To Be Continued: Series Novels for Teens │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Beloved authors and favorite characters are what make series books a mainstay of the rabid reader’s diet. Looking ahead to 2015, some favorite stories conclude while new series arrive to pick up the mantle. Share the following booktalks selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Girl Power, High Fantasy, and Unconventional Lit | What’s Hot in YA

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Highly illustrated novels, out-of-the-ordinary narratives, and titles with female leads and fascinating world-building are just some of the YA books that are on SLJ editors’ radar. See what else is trending in teen lit.

Chattanooga (TN) Public Library Launches Online High School Diploma Program for Adults

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Chattanooga (TN) Public Library, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, is giving its patrons the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate via the Career Online High School program.