July 31, 2015

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App Review: Candy Camera

Knowing my obsession with pictures – my last smart phone had over 14,000 of them saved by the time it bit the dust – The Tween and The Bestie came to me a couple of days ago and shared that their new favorite photo app is Candy Cam. They declared it better than Instagram – […]

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News


Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

“Denton” is a wry romp for teens |Audio Pick


RUBIN, Lance. Denton Little’s Deathdate. 7 CDs. 8:36 hrs. Listening Library. 2015. $45. ISBN 9780553556018. digital download.
Gr 10 Up–In Denton Little’s world, most people know their deathdates, which for Denton will be in his 17th year, the day of prom. Denton tries to live a normal life, even knowing that it will not be a long one. For his final days he decides to truly experience life. He accidentally cheats on his girlfriend while drunk, gets threatened at gunpoint by […]

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn | SLJ Review


HAHN, Rebecca. The Shadow Behind the Stars. 256p. S. & S. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481435710.

Gr 7 Up–Chloe is the youngest of the three sisters who spin the world. Her fingers choose the wool, spin the thread, and begin each life. Motherly Serena guides the thread and marks the end. Xinot, the oldest, slices each thread with a snap of her shears. When a girl appears at their door asking to understand her disastrous fate, the sisters have nothing […]

The Faith of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a #FSYALit guest post with author interview

Today as part of our ongoing discussion on Faith and Spirituality in YA Lit (#FSYALit) guest Catherine Posey is discussing The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. She even reached out to author Rae Carson who was kind enough to answer some questions for this post. You can find all the #FSYALit posts […]

Beastly Bones by William Ritter | SLJ Review


Ritter, William. Beastly Bones. 304p. (A Jackaby Novel). ebook available. Algonquin. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781616203542.

Gr 7 Up–R.F. Jackaby and his trusty assistant, Abigail Rook, investigate fascinating and mysterious forms of paranormal phenomena in the latest series offering.these and more paranormal phenomenon in the latest series offering. In this sequel to Jackaby (Algonquin, 2014), Ritter seamlessly presents enough backstory for newcomers to thoroughly enjoy this hybrid of historical fiction and fantasy. Jackaby and Rook are called to probe into […]

July #ARCParty

I got some new books while I was away in Ohio so the girls and I decided that last night was a great night for an impromptu ARC party. For those of you new to TLT, here’s how an ARC Party works: The Tween and The Bestie go through each title, reading the back cover […]

Hot YA Titles for Beach Reading


From a summer romance to a vicious motorcycle race and a camp that’s just a bit unusual to a mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end, the following titles are just what teens need to finish off the last weeks of summer.

Book Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

Publisher’s description: Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents’ wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls … opposite Vanessa Park, the one […]

Middle Grade Monday – Online Museum Resources

I recently had the opportunity to visit a few museums in the Washington, DC, area that were missing from my personal experience. Mostly, they are museums that are either too depressing, or too frequently visited for anyone to want to go with me (I have family in the area.) But, I was up there with […]

Cover reveal: Original Fake written by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson

We are thrilled to host the cover reveal for Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills with art by E. Eero Johnson. Original Fake will be available on 4/19/2016 and is published by G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS.       Description of the book:  Introvert Frankie Neumann is not exactly the standout in his family. Between his […]

Sunday Reflections: This is what courage looks like

cour·age noun: courage the ability to do something that frightens one. “she called on all her courage to face the ordeal” 2. strength in the face of pain or grief. “he fought his illness with great courage” For weeks now people have been talking about Caitlyn Jenner and courage. You don’t have to like that […]

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat | SLJ Review

Danticat Untwine

Danticat, Edwidge. Untwine. 320p. Scholastic. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545423038.

Gr 7 Up–Identical twins Isabelle and Giselle were born with their fingers entwined and the doctors had to separate them, digit by digit. Now at 16, their parents are separated and considering divorce and the twins are developing their own interests and friends. As the unhappy family is running late to Isabelle’s school orchestra concert, the two are once again holding hands when the red minivan hits their SUV. For […]

Teens Review a Western, Sci-Fi, and a “Maze Runner” Read-Alike

vengeance road

The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group are knee-deep in summer reading. They cover the gamut of genres in this column—from sci-fi to romance.

Friday Finds – July 17, 2015

This Week at TLT Sunday Reflections: Today, I am Eeyore (a reflection on depression and anxiety in the life of tweens and teens) Middle Grade Monday – The Truth About Twinkie Pie Signal Boost: Rainbow Boxes and Connecting LGBTQIA Books to Readers MakerSpace: Quick and Easy Stop Motion Movies How Do You Measure Summer Reading […]

Creepy & Spooky Tales for Teens | SLJ Spotlight


Five creepy titles for teen horror fans.

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King | SLJ Review

King I Crawl Through It

SLJ reviews and stars I Crawl Through It by A.S. King.

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

Photo by Giulia McGauran.

SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

The Fixer Blog Tour: The Science of Fiction, a guest post by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  We are happy to welcome Jennifer Lynn Barnes to TLT today. She’s stopping by on the blog tour for her new novel, THE FIXER (published 7/7/2015 from Bloomsbury USA).    The Science of Fiction  One of the questions I get a lot as a writer who has a double life as a psychology professor studying […]

Book Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Publisher’s Book Description: In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege. Jessamy’s life is a […]