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August 27, 2014

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‘If I Stay’ Needs a Pulse | Film Review

If I Stay

The screen adaptation of Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay,’ which hit screens on August 22, is a watered-down version of the hit YA book. The characters on film lack the focus and edge of the book’s incarnations.

National Library Lock-in Event Features Authors, Games, and Minecraft

National Teen Lock-oin

The National Teen Library Lock-in grew out of an event coordinated by Jennifer Lawson from San Diego County Library in 2011 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Youth services librarian Claudia Haines shares how the addition ofMinecraft set this year’s celebration apart.

Miley Cyrus, Teen Titans, and Dust Bunnies | Graphic Novel News

Miley Cyrus

“Miley Cyrus’s Life Turned Into a Comic Book”—how often do you get handed a headline like this? Bluewater Productions will be releasing Fame: Miley Cyrus this week in print and digital formats.

Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News

Teens Top Ten YALSA

Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets but short on staff time? There’s a grant for that. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, and please note: it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list.

Two Books About Black Youth in America

Two Books About Black Youth in America

“In comparing football players to drug dealers, Almond’s point is that football is among the very few limited options available to black youth,” writes Mark Flowers. The Adult Books 4 Teens blogger considers Burning Down the House, by Nell Bernstein, and Against Football, by Steve Almond.

Teens Review Debut ‘Zac & Mia’, ‘Off Pointe’ and Throne of Glass 3

Off Pointe

Zac & Mia will be of interest to fans of TFIOS, ballet lovers will want to grab Off Pointe, while fantasy gurus looking for a series to dig into ought to check out Sarah Maas’s “Throne of Glass” books.

Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

Self-Publishing, Ghostwriting for Gangsters, and Cover Reaction | YA Underground

Transforming Pain to Power

Amy Cheney, YA Underground columnist, dreams of ghostwriters for gangsters, hopes for more diverse reads for her kids in the margins, and bemoans a recent cover redesign that “could be the death knell for reluctant readers.”

The Long-Anticipated Film of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ | Movie Review

BRENTON THWAITES and ODEYA RUSH star in THE GIVER

The film adaptation for Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian middle-grade novel The Giver is almost 20 years in the making, starting when actor Jeff Bridges bought the book option back in 1995. Fans of Lowry’s book have long waited for the book’s screen release coming to theaters this Friday, August 15.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

Brutal Youth

It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

The Author, the Poet, and the Librarian

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How author G. Neri and Tampa school librarian Kimberly DeFusco helped turn a young at-risk nonreader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. As told by all three.

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Missing SummerTeen Chris Lynch Interview

Chris Lynch

The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.

Teen Read Week Grant Winners Announced; YA Dystopian, Teen Cookbook Giveaways | SLJTeen News

Custom Confections

The truth, money for school supplies, and cupcakes—what more could you want? Check out these late-summer opportunities for librarians serving teens.

Zest Books Enters “New Adult” Market with Pulp Imprint

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Pulp, the new imprint from Zest Books geared to the New Adult audience, is promising “Juicy. Messy. Truthy. Books.”

‘The Giver’ Movie and other Tales for Teens About a World Gone Wrong

Illusive

First published in 1993, Lois Lowry’s The Giver makes its long-awaited big screen debut on August 15. Recommend these recent YA releases to fans of the unforgettable dystopian novel.

More from the Class of 2014 YA Debut Novelists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Half Bad

The Class of 2014 YA debut novelists continues to launch into literary fame. The assembled titles have already gathered nine starred reviews and are sure to leave their mark on readers and YA literature.

‘Eleanor & Park’ Wins 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

Eleanor and Park

The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee has selected Eleanor & Park from among five finalists as the 2014 winner of the annual award presented by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

The Story Behind Adele Griffin’s Hybrid Novel, ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone’

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Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.

Teens Review Fleischman’s ‘Eyes Wide Open’, Horror Titles, and More

Welcome to the Dark House

Check out a guinea pig named Snapper, enough horror to keep the lights on at night, and a nonfiction title from Paul Fleischman on environmental issues which is equally frightening, all from our Young Adult Advisory Councils’ teen reviewers at the Johnson County Library.

Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Are out of This World

Aurora West

Aliens visit from outer space, the real world intrudes in an online game, a city boy goes to the country—many of this season’s teen graphic novels feature strangers in strange lands. Whether you prefer fact or fantasy, there’s plenty of good reading here to curl up with as the days grow shorter.