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March 27, 2015

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Hello Texas! Visit Macmillan/Griffin Teen at TLA Annual in Austin, April 14–17

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The Macmillan/Griffin team can’t wait to see librarians in Austin at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in just a few short weeks! Peruse the program early and then join them in the exhibit hall in the Macmillan Adult booth #1359.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

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From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

Signal to Noise, Music & Magic

I am so excited to introduce this small press title today. Signal to Noise is a perfect young adult crossover novel, full of appeal, diverse characters & setting, wonderful writing–and magic. What I love about this book is that even in the 2009 sections, when its characters are adults, Meche still has that sulky teen […]

Seattle Public Library Named a ‘Safe Place’ for Teens

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As part of its National Safe Place Week (March 15−21) celebration, Seattle Public Library (SPL), with its 27 locations, was officially named a Safe Place on March 16. This designation recognizes SPL as a place where youth ages 12–17 can ask for help when in crisis.

Teen Library Advocates Get Booted Out of Missouri Governor’s Office

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Last week, a group of teens and supervising adults that belong to Save MO Libraries visited the Missouri governor’s office to ask him to restore the $6 million in budget cuts to library spending—only to be escorted out by a state trooper moments later for being “disruptive.”

Unexplored History

Unexplored History

Today we look at two fabulous historical fiction works exploring historical periods unfamiliar to most Americans. First up is a starred review of Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen, which tells the story of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Specifically, it tracks the exploits of Rani Lakshmi, the queen of a smallish kingdom in northern India called […]

Driftwood

Driftwood

Somehow we managed to let this book from November of last year make it all the way till late March without a post. But don’t let that fool you: Elizabeth Dutton’s Driftwood is a fabulous novel with tons of teen appeal: rock stars, letters from beyond the grave, a road trip–this has got all the […]

Get Your Head in the Game: Sports in YA | SLJ Spotlight

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Sensational sports titles to get teens’ adrenaline pumping.

2015 Debut YA Authors Launch Adopt-a-Library Initiative

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A group of first-time YA authors have banded together to adopt 15 school and public libraries, offering participating sites the chance to receive a set of 15 books, Skype author visits, and virtual Q&As. Applications are due by April 24.

Teens Review “Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings” Readalikes, and More

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Check out a second take on The Witch Hunter and an interesting twist on a dystopian society based on personal debt; in Hit, paybacks can be fatal. None of the books on this list are quite like the other. Teen reviewers share their thoughts.

Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

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When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Sponsored Content: Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 List Is Blooming!

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The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 list is finally blooming. From boarding school girls to zombies to computer hackers, these titles are guaranteed to offer teens something fresh and exciting.

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

French writer Tony Sandoval has created a tour de force of storytelling in his latest graphic novel. In France, Doomboy was an Official Selection of the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival and winner of the Coup de Coeur Youth Jury prize (for best comic book). Published in the States last fall, it is ideal for […]

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Secrets Sad and True in Henry Turner’s “Ask the Dark” | Interview

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Henry Turner’s debut YA novel Ask the Dark forces readers to consider life as it happens at the edge of their consciousness. SLJTeen caught up with the author to chat about his writing process.

Gretel All Grown Up

Gretel All Grown Up

At the opposite end of fairy-tale retellings from the gritty 2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, comes this delightful cozy mystery, the first in a prospective series starring the same Gretel, grown-up and solving crimes. Regular readers know my affection for fairy tales and fairy tale retellings, and while I haven’t read this one yet, […]

From Medieval England to the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire

From Medieval England to the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire

Two exciting and very different historical novels today. First, a medieval murder mystery set in 1350 England. A 17-year-old is called home to run his family’s Manor after his brothers and fathers are killed by the plague. That’s hard enough, but then a young girl is murdered. We are not the only ones singing the praises […]

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab is no stranger to writing for young readers. She has published The Near Witch and the Archived novels for teens and the middle grade Everyday Angel series. Last year her adult debut, Vicious, was the top fantasy pick on the RUSA Reading List. A Darker Shade of Magic made February’s Library Reads. It […]

Where the Stories Come From: Up Close with YA Author Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Laurie Crompton Boyle has explored eating disorders, bullying, and comic books in her young adult novels. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum plumbs Boyle on her inspirations and motivations for writing for teens.

Spring Giveaways from Merit Press and Chronicle; International Reading Association Renamed | SLJTeen News

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For millennials, being able to read is just the start of developing literacy skills; in recognition, the International Reading Association has renamed itself the International Literacy Association. Spring giveaways include creepily serious A Work of Art and the ridiculously useful Funny on Purpose.