May 27, 2016

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Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

The Last Frontier: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on “The Smell of Other People’s Houses”

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SLJ chats with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock about family, Alaska, and what inspired her YA debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

Sailing Through Time: Heidi Heilig on Her YA Debut, “The Girl from Everywhere”

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Heidi Heilig shares what inspired her to write The Girl from Everywhere, her thoughts on diversity, and how she juggles between writing YA fiction and theater musicals.

Secrets Sad and True in Henry Turner’s “Ask the Dark” | Interview

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Henry Turner’s debut YA novel Ask the Dark forces readers to consider life as it happens at the edge of their consciousness. SLJTeen caught up with the author to chat about his writing process.

Pick of the Day: Seraphina (CD)

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Seraphina. By Rachel Hartman. 11 CDs. 13:30 hrs. Prod. by Listening Library. Dist. by Listening Library/Books on Tape. 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-96894-4. $50
Gr 7 Up–In the decades since the peace treaty was signed, a fragile amity has existed between humans and dragons. Or so it is believed. As the treaty’s 40th anniversary nears, a rogue dragon masterminds a dangerous scheme to reignite the ancient war between the two species. Caught unwillingly in the crossfire is Seraphina Dombegh, assistant music mistress of […]