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March 28, 2015

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Teens Review the Latest from David Almond, Elizabeth Wein, and More

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Elizabeth Wein and David Almond place readers in new and unusual settings in their latest offerings, Black Dove White Raven and The Tightrope Walkers. And unsurprisingly, power struggles are at the heart of The Witch Hunter, The Winner’s Crime, and Powerless, a theme that continues to run through teens’ favorite reads.

Adult Books for Teens from Macmillan

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These adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly accessible and appropriate for teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.

Intelligent Machines: Robots in Film and Teen Fiction

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Catch the eye of teens who love movie and TV robots with a lineup of titles that run diagnostics on coming-of-age themes and personhood conundrums while also providing plenty of gear-turning, technology-pushing, cyborg-centered action.

Heartrending YA Novels by Blockbuster Female Authors

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From fan favorites like Holly Black and Gayle Forman to newcomer Aisha Saeed, the following female authors have created works that attest to the power of the imagination and world-building. The editors at Junior Library Guild share these powerful favorites.

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

I’ve written about my regard for Kristin Hannah‘s novels before. The last one I read and reviewed was Night Road, and we also reviewed Fly Away in 2013. Hannah has a way with contemporary family stories. She writes deeply emotional women’s fiction with great characters, usually facing loss or tragedy. This year she brings those […]

Adult Books 4 Teens: Titles to Galvanize a Call for Social Justice

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The following are nonfiction titles reviewed on the “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog that feature young people whose lives are adversely affected by racism, gender discrimination, or violence.

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

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

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From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.

Growing Up in a Cult | SLJ Spotlight

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Four titles that deflty tackle the unusual, unsettling topic of teens growing up in cultlike envinronments.

The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates

Considering that it is based on a police case from almost 30 years ago, it is astonishing how much currency Joyce Carol Oates’s new novel has. A black teen is found beaten and apparently raped, naming only “white cops” as the perpetrators before lapsing into silence. The ensuing polarized reactions on the parts of the […]

Nonfiction Roundup

Nonfiction Roundup

A group of nonfiction titles that includes something for everyone. Wes Moore is an advocate for youth, education, and veterans (see the 2014 PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore). He became well-known in library and school circles with his 2010 debut The Other Wes Moore. Now he’s back with an inspirational book of life lessons, […]

Continuing Mystery Series

Continuing Mystery Series

Today we look at two entries in continuing mystery series – both also parts on ongoing multi-media franchises. The much older of these is, of course, Sherlock Holmes. When last we talked, I mentioned Holmes’s semi-unique place as a character who has leaped the bounds of his original stories. What I didn’t know at the […]

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.

The Sweetheart

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Here is a great debut novel that brings universal themes to a unique and unusual story. The Sweetheart is a coming of age story set in the world of women wrestlers in 1950s Florida. I found an interesting review on a site titled Pro Wrestling Books, by a professional wrestling journalist, John Lister, who finds the […]

Before and After the Apocalypse

Before and After the Apocalypse

Two science fiction thrillers on review today, from two new Simon & Schuster imprints that highlight speculative fiction: Saga Press and Simon451. Lee Kelly‘s debut, City of Savages, could easily have been published YA. It alternates two YA narrators, sisters, as they survive post-WWIII Manhattan. This is a good post-apocalyptic novel, and readers experience the war itself […]

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.