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October 20, 2014

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SLJTeen Speaks with the Wizard of Kazam, Jasper Fforde

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How does Jasper Fforde come up with the magnificent characters, creatures, and settings in his “Chronicles of Kazam” series? He relies on “stuff—the exciting smorgasbord of weird stuff that happens to us, around us, and in us.”

Teens Review ‘Second Thoughts’, ‘The Spiritglass Charade’, and ‘Of Scars and Stardust’

Spiritglass Charade

There’s no sign of series fiction for young adults fading away, and as librarians, we know that getting teens hooked into a series is a sure way to guarantee we’ll see them again soon. Teen reviewers tackle the second installments of series by Colleen Gleason and Cara Bertrand and a debut novel by Andrea Hannah.

In the Margins Committee Announces 2015 Nominations

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In the Margins (ITM) is proud to present the official nominations for the 2015 book list, to date. These titles, selected by a committee of librarians, are by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins.

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

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Jails, detention centers, and prisons provide a unique opportunity to address young people’s literacy gaps, says one school librarian. Literacy for Incarcerated Teens creates, supports, and develops library services in NYC’s juvenile detention centers.

Explore Art: Nonfiction Titles for Teens

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“Media Mania” gets unplugged to feature exciting new books that spotlight the oldest form of mass communication: art. Ranging in topic from magnetic and multifaceted biographies of art world giants, these handsomely illustrated offerings invite teens into an intriguing and thought-provoking world.

Ring the Bell: Back-to-School YA Titles

Always a Catch

The new school year brings teens the possibilities of new friendships. In Malala’s case, it meant fighting for her right to even go to school. In a fantasy novel, being one of the “in crowd” could mean your death. The following selections from Junior Library Guild editors will lead readers into the divergent worlds of life in high school.

Taking the Teen Summer Challenge to New Heights, Pierce County Style

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At Pierce County Library System (WA), staff recognized that their summer reading program needed to be reimagined. The Teen Summer Challenge was created to provide a more meaningful experience for their tweens and teens.

Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

Be a Changemaker

Opportunities abound for new librarians, teen change-seekers, and pet loving poets. Check out our latest roundup of teen services news bites.

Teens Review ‘Mary’, ‘Of Monsters and Madness’, and More

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Is creepy back in vogue? Our teen reviewers have turned up titles with an eerie element: the ghost of Bloody Mary, an addict set on revenge, and a riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

‘If I Stay’ Needs a Pulse | Film Review

If I Stay

The screen adaptation of Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay,’ which hit screens on August 22, is a watered-down version of the hit YA book. The characters on film lack the focus and edge of the book’s incarnations.

National Library Lock-in Event Features Authors, Games, and Minecraft

National Teen Lock-oin

The National Teen Library Lock-in grew out of an event coordinated by Jennifer Lawson from San Diego County Library in 2011 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Youth services librarian Claudia Haines shares how the addition ofMinecraft set this year’s celebration apart.

Miley Cyrus, Teen Titans, and Dust Bunnies | Graphic Novel News

Miley Cyrus

“Miley Cyrus’s Life Turned Into a Comic Book”—how often do you get handed a headline like this? Bluewater Productions will be releasing Fame: Miley Cyrus this week in print and digital formats.

Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News

Teens Top Ten YALSA

Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets but short on staff time? There’s a grant for that. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, and please note: it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list.

Two Books About Black Youth in America

Two Books About Black Youth in America

“In comparing football players to drug dealers, Almond’s point is that football is among the very few limited options available to black youth,” writes Mark Flowers. The Adult Books 4 Teens blogger considers Burning Down the House, by Nell Bernstein, and Against Football, by Steve Almond.

Teens Review Debut ‘Zac & Mia’, ‘Off Pointe’ and Throne of Glass 3

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Zac & Mia will be of interest to fans of TFIOS, ballet lovers will want to grab Off Pointe, while fantasy gurus looking for a series to dig into ought to check out Sarah Maas’s “Throne of Glass” books.

Time for a Little Common Sense: Evaluating Apps, Games, and Websites | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Krista Brakhage is going back to school with Graphite, an expansive and useful resource from Common Sense Media that features unbiased reviews of apps, games, and websites.

Self-Publishing, Ghostwriting for Gangsters, and Cover Reaction | YA Underground

Transforming Pain to Power

Amy Cheney, YA Underground columnist, dreams of ghostwriters for gangsters, hopes for more diverse reads for her kids in the margins, and bemoans a recent cover redesign that “could be the death knell for reluctant readers.”

The Long-Anticipated Film of Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ | Movie Review

BRENTON THWAITES and ODEYA RUSH star in THE GIVER

The film adaptation for Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian middle-grade novel The Giver is almost 20 years in the making, starting when actor Jeff Bridges bought the book option back in 1995. Fans of Lowry’s book have long waited for the book’s screen release coming to theaters this Friday, August 15.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

Brutal Youth

It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

The Author, the Poet, and the Librarian

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How author G. Neri and Tampa school librarian Kimberly DeFusco helped turn a young at-risk nonreader into a Shakespeare-loving poet. As told by all three.

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