June 27, 2016

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Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” |Touch and Go

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Behind Heuristic Media’s stunning app of “The Tempest” is the actor Ian McKellen, who with his business partner Richard Loncraine, has plans to release an app for each of Shakespeare’s 37 plays.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich | SLJ Review

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Kurtagich, Dawn. And the Trees Crept In. 352p. ebook available. Little, Brown. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316298704. 

Gr 9 Up –When Silla and her younger sister Nori arrive on the doorstep of their estranged aunt’s crumbling manor, they are cold, injured, and on the run from someone awful. Things start sliding into macabre territory right away, and within a few years Aunt Cath has gone mad and locked herself in the attic permanently. The two […]

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek: Your Guide to the Hottest Summer/Fall 2016 Titles

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110 of the most hotly anticipated summer and fall titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Amazing Artist! Bevy of Books! Cool New Space! The ABCs of the HarperCollins Fall Preview

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The publisher turns 199 years old this year, so their fall 2016 children’s book preview was even more celebratory than usual.

Short and Sweet | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers pulls together an assortment of short story collections—some dealing with horror and the suspense, others taking on fantasy and myth—from Joyce Carol Oates, Helen Oyeyemi, Patricia A. McKillip, and David Schow.

Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington | SLJ Review

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Harrington, Janice N. Catching a Storyfish. 224p. Wordsong. Sept. 2016. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781629794297. 

Gr 4-7 –Keet, a girl from Alabama, loves language and storytelling, but her family’s move to Illinois makes her feel silenced. Comfort comes through a budding friendship with Allegra, her Latina classmate and neighbor, and through fishing with her beloved grandfather. “To catch a fish,” he tells her, “You’ve got to sit quiet and hold still/You’ve got to listen, really listen/with your […]

Trailblazing Author Lois Duncan Dies at 82

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Lois Duncan, one of the best-loved authors of teen suspense novels, continued in her craft even after personal tragedy.

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

Librarians as Instructional Leaders | Take the Lead

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In this first article in our series on library leadership, Lilead Fellow Priscille Dando suggests how librarians can connect with principals on instructional challenges.