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November 21, 2014

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SLJTeen Unlocks the Secrets of the Past with Debut Author Jessica Lidh

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Jessica Lidh’s debut novel The Number 7 takes readers on a trip to the past, exploring Sweden’s role in World War II while examining one family’s ability to deal with grief in the present.

Sponsored Content: R.L. Stine’s ‘Don’t Stay Up Late’ Advance Reader’s Copies

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Can nightmares really come true? It’s always a possibility in Shadyside. Get your ARC of R.L. Stine’s Don’t Stay Up Late now to find out—and you’d better leave the lights on.

Teens Review the Latest from Sedgwick, Barnes, and Serle

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Check out the high praise from teen reviewers for titles by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marcus Sedgwick, and more. Read on to find out what some of YA’s hottest authors are delivering to shelves this fall and winter.

Teens to Celebrate “Hour of Code” Programs Starting December 8

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. And there are plenty of incentives to join in.

Reading as the Main Course: A Book Tasting Event

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With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.

Two Teens Start “Coding for Kids” Program at Silicon Valley Libraries

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Two California teens decided to share their love for math and coding and began a nonprofit, Math and Coding, through which they offer free coding classes at public at libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

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A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.

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Sponsored Content: DREAMFIRE Advance Reader’s Copies

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Experience the dangers of the dream world in Dreamfire, a riveting, young adult debut novel by Kit Alloway from Griffin Teen.

Carnegie-Whitney Grants Available; YALSA 2014 Maker Contest Winners | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a Carnegie-Whitney Grant to underwrite fabulous library resources. Find inspiration among the five winning entries to YALSA’s 2014 Makers Contest—from digital media training to “Sew Electric.”

The ‘Red Band Society’ and Beyond: YA Novels About Life, Death, and Love

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Filled with humor and heartbreak, poignant emotion, and amazing instances of courage, these young adult offerings are sure to captivate fans of the Red Band Society TV show and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Popular Blog ‘Teen Librarian Toolbox’ Joins SLJ

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School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.

Teens Review ‘The Bane Chronicles’, and Latest from Ally Condie, C.J. Lyons, and Sarah Zettel

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Our group of teen reviewers share a pair of love letters to The Bane Chronicles; offer their thoughts on the second installment of the “Palace of Spies” series by Sarah Zettel; and showcase titles dealing with agoraphobia and a world divided between those above and below.

Manga Makes a Comeback

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Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

Fighting for a Cause: From the Past to the Present | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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The following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild will inform, inspire, and guide today’s change makers by opening their eyes and spurring them to action.

Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists

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Big Bang Press selects fan fiction writers and artists and invites them to create and professionally publish original work. The publisher’s debut title, A Hero at the End of the World, releases on November 11.

SLJTeen Chats with Jim Ziolkowski, Founder of buildON Nonprofit

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A trip to Malawi, Africa in 1992 convinced GE executive Jim Ziolkowski that he had a different calling—giving students the opportunity to transform their lives through access to education.

Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps

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Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

The Trouble With Teen Programming

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Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.

Hollywood Starlets, Charming Con Men, & Lethal Assassins | What’s Hot in YA

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From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.

Relevancy Trumps All for Reluctant Readers | YA Underground

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Juvenile services librarian Amy Cheney posits that the winning recipe for books that entice reluctant readers includes a great cover, lots of action (real action!), relevancy, and an easy to read page layout.