April 15, 2014

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Huyen-Yen Hoang, Library Board President At 16 Years Old

Huyen-Yen Hoang

Huyen-Yen Hoang was attending a library board meeting in late 2013 when fellow members were sorting out responsibilities for 2013. She raised her hand and said “I volunteer as tribute?” Next thing she knew was the 16 year old president of the La Vista (NE) Public Library board.

Teens Review ‘After the Disco’, ‘Fable Anniversary’ | Music and Games

Fable Anniversary

Could the Fable franchise be improved? You betcha. Teens review the latest entry in this gaming series and new collaborative music offerings.

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | Spring Titles Now Available on Edelweiss

Griffin Teen YA

Eleanor & Park is now available as an eBook! And in other exciting news, our Spring YA title list is ready and available on Edelweiss, and you can be pre-approved to download all of Macmillan’s e-galleys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

School Librarians Stir Enthusiasm Around ‘Divergent’ Film Release


Teens are mad for Veronica Roth’s YA book ‘Divergent’ that will be released as a film on March 21, and school librarians are creating programming around the books-to-film craze.

The Debut: Leslye Walton on ‘The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender’

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

SLJTeen caught up with Lesley Walton to discuss her magical realism-infused debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. The author had to do a lot of research sitting in cafes, eating croissants and pain du chocolat.

From Tearjerkers to Action-packed Superhero Thrillers | What’s Hot in YA

maybe one day

Melissa Kantor and Ava Dellaira’s YA titles will have readers reaching for tissues while Shannon Hale and Lamar Giles’s new books offer heart-pumping rides. Check out the latest from Lauren Oliver, Beth Kephart, and other “hot” titles for teens.

’300: Rise of an Empire’ Reinterprets Ancient History with 21st-Century Flair | Media Mania

300: Epic Xerxes

Fans of 300, closely based on Frank Miller’s superb graphic novel, will be thrilled with the March 7 release of 300: Rise of an Empire (R), also inspired by a graphic novel by Miller (the not-yet published Xerxes). This time, the combat action moves to the high seas.

Teen Books for Spring: New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels


Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 3:00PM – 4:00 PM ET Shake off the winter doldrums with a sneak peek at exciting new teen titles coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lerner Publishing Group this spring. From a basketball ball-playing poet (Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover) to a dragon-slaying teen in an alternative US (E. K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen) to a modern-day Nancy Drew (Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill) to a girl reconciling with her father (Corinne Demas’s Returning to Shore), the teens featured in these YA books will draw in readers. Archive is now available!

77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College | Zest Giveaway

77 Things you absolutely have to do before you finish college

Sage advice for college students could net participants a free copy of Zest Books’s 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College. I’m not sure “learn how to cook spaghetti” is one of them.

Teens Review Kephart’s ‘Going Over’, Han’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, and More


Are psychological thrillers the next big thing in teen lit? Could be, if The Cellar and Sekret are indicators. You’ll also find a review of Going Over, the latest from Beth Kephart, and a triple serving on Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Get On Board the Book Speed Dating Train | Programming for Teens


Colorado teacher librarian Susie Lackey shares how she organized and carried out her Book Speed Dating program for Library Lover’s month in February.

Women with a Story to Tell | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Pure Grit

World War II nurses went from gamboling on the beach to being prisoners in Philippine POW camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1940. Shyima Hall was sold into slavery by her own family, while Malala Yousafzai was shot because of speaking out for equal rights. Learn about these women with grit in this month’s selection of titles from the editors at Junior Library Guild.

Teens Review ‘Killzone: Shadow Fall’, ‘Salute’ and ‘Music Speaks’ | Music and Games

Music Speaks, by Candice Glover

Tired of boy bands? Our teen reviewers think Little Mix and Candice Glover offer welcome respite. Gamers will be happy to know that Shadow Fall kicks the Killzone franchise up a notch.

Raw Honesty | Author Jay Asher Talks to SLJ About ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

Jay Asher Pic

In anticipation of the live event with New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why on March 3, SLJ caught up with Jay Asher to chat about his work and inspiration for the popular YA novel.

Poetry Book by Teens Removed from Arizona School


“Things I Have to Tell You,” a compilation of more than 30 poems by teens from ages 15 to 18, was pulled from Arizona’s Stapley Junior High School due to references to drugs and boys’ bodies, among other issues.

YALSA’s Teen Tech Week Tips


Teen Tech Week (March 9-15), DIY@your library is almost upon us. YALSA shared ten tips for making the experience great for your teens, your library, and you.

Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program

Lorax Spruce Up Your School

How would you use $2500 to give your school a makeover? Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. have established the first annual Lorax Spruce Up Your School Grant Program to provide necessary funds to school employees to beautify their surroundings.

’16 Things I Thought Were True’ | Sourcebooks Giveaway

16 Things I Thought Were True

Ready for the road trip of a lifetime? Fifteen lucky winners will join Morgan, Adam, and a hyper chatterbox named Amy as they take off for the border in search of Morgan’s absentee father in 16 Things I Thought Were True from double Rita finalist and YA novelist Janet Gurtler.

Best Books for Teens Living in the ‘Margins’ | YA Underground


This past year marked the inauguration of the In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee (ITM), which aims to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody—or a cycle of all three. We wanted to bring books by, for, and about people living in the margins to the forefront so we would have more books for our reluctant yet also voraciously readers.

SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen | YALSA Recommendations

Eleanor & Park

The good news just keeps on coming for Griffin Teen in 2014! YALSA recommendations include Eleanor & Park, If You Find Me, and Uses for Boys. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.