October 23, 2017

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Debut YA Author Bonnie Pipkin on “Aftercare Instructions” and Abortion

Pipkin on her writing process and approaching the topic of abortion without shame.

Debut Author Sarah Prager on LGBTQ History for Teens

Prager’s Queer, There, and Everywhere celebrates LGBTQ history-makers, from Frida Kahlo to Harvey Milk.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing

Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

Snakes, Music, and Fashion Blogging: Jeff Zentner on “The Serpent King”

Nashville musician Jeff Zentner shares with SLJ what inspired him to write The Serpent King, a singular work about friendship, class, and having the strength to pursue your dreams and defy social impossibilities.

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle | SLJ Review

FOWLEY-DOYLE, Moïra. The Accident Season. 304p. ebook available. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Aug. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525429487. LC 2014047858.
Gr 10 Up–Triple layers of protective clothing, padded furniture, knives locked away, and the gas turned off. It’s October, the accident season for Cara’s family, but all her mother’s precautions will not be enough to protect them from the cuts, bruises, broken bones, or worse. Cara’s sprained wrist and her sister Alice’s concussion are minor compared to previous years, though Bea’s tarot […]

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin | SLJ Review

Benjamin, Ali. The Thing About Jellyfish. 352p. Little, Brown. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.ISBN 9780316380867. LC 2014044025.

Gr 4-7–Suzy’s best friend, Franny Jackson, was a strong swimmer. There is no way she could have drowned, at least in Suzy’s mind. Suzy’s determined search for a different explanation for her friend’s death leads her to believe that Franny was stung by an Irukandji jellyfish. Having nothing but time, since she has no other friends and has decided to stop talking, Suzy sets out […]

Spring Giveaways from Merit Press and Chronicle; International Reading Association Renamed | SLJTeen News

For millennials, being able to read is just the start of developing literacy skills; in recognition, the International Reading Association has renamed itself the International Literacy Association. Spring giveaways include creepily serious A Work of Art and the ridiculously useful Funny on Purpose.

SLJTeen Unlocks the Secrets of the Past with Debut Author Jessica Lidh

Jessica Lidh’s debut novel The Number 7 takes readers on a trip to the past, exploring Sweden’s role in World War II while examining one family’s ability to deal with grief in the present.

SLJTeen Chats with Emily Kiebel, Debut Author of ‘Serenade’

SLJTeen chats with debut author and choral singer Emily Kiebel about her novel Serenade, which focuses on a teen overcoming her grief at her father’s death while learning that she comes from a long line of sirens.

The Debut: Leslye Walton on ‘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.