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December 19, 2014

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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.

Win Funds for Author Visits; Jasper Fforde Giveaway; Gale Boosts STEM Resources | SLJTeen News

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Fund an author visit with help from the Maureen Hayes Award, win a set of Jasper Fforde titles, and discover a new source of STEM materials for students.

Sponsored Content: Coming-of-Age Adult Books with YA Appeal and Male Protagonists

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Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Giroux’s adult division, this season Macmillan Library is all about boys and their adventures in growing up.

Teens Review War Books: Mythological, Historical, and Emotional

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Teens often feel like they are misunderstood and at war with the rest of the world. These fiction titles will give them some strategies for coping on and off the battlefield of adolescence.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.

Go to the Head of the Class: College Readiness Programming at the Library

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Young adult librarian Elise Sheppard of Lone Star College-Cyfair Branch Library spearheaded an initiative to offer college readiness programs and give high schoolers a leg up before they get on campus.

Magic and Mayhem: New Tales of the Supernatural | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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Looking for some creepy reads to fluff up the Halloween reading display? These titles with a supernatural bent will pull in your teen readers with great covers, and terrific stories.

SLJTeen Talks with YA Debut Team, Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

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Readers may recognize Suzanne Brockmann’s name as the NYT bestselling author of over 50 books for adults. She’s teamed up with daughter Melanie to write their first young adult series, starting with Night Sky.

Sponsored Content: ‘All the Rage’ Advance Reader’s Copies Available Now

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Fans of raw and realistic teen fiction will want to get in line for Courtney Summers’ latest from Macmillan, All the Rage, which deals with themes of sexual violence, bullying, and the culture of shame.