November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

We Need Diverse Books: Romance Edition

We’re in the mood for love today so we’ve got two reviews of YA romance for you. Both books feature couples who aren’t usually seen in mainstream romantic narratives, so regardless of their chances for the Printz (we’ll get to that in the reviews) they’re important contributions to the continuing effort to bring diverse representation […]

Building Community: Robin Talley on Labels, Gender Identity, and “What We Left Behind”

While young adult literature is finally seeing more trans* protagonists, very few can be categorized as genderfluid or nonbinary. SLJ caught up with Robin Talley to discuss her inspiration for What We Left Behind, the books she wished had existed when she was in high school, and what she’s working on next.

Everyone’s Talking About ‘Let’s Get Lost’ and Debut Author Adi Alsaid

Adi Alsaid’s debut novel, Let’s Get Lost, is a beautifully written story about five strangers and their different experiences with love, loss, and finding themselves along the way. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum chats with the author about his inspirations, his travels, and what’s in store for him next.

Pictures of the Week: Julie Kagawa Reveals New YA Series; BAMMY Awards Red Carpet

At the Trump Soho hotel in Manhattan on October 1, Harlequin Teen and bestselling author Julie Kagawa unveiled her new dragon-focused series, “Talon.” The first book in the series will be published on October 28, 2014. School librarians and Bammy Award nominees Deven Black, Jennifer Lagarde, Shannon Miller, Joyce Valenza, and Matthew C. Winner walked the red carpet on September 21.

Review: Dare You To

Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Harlequin Teen. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Ryan Stone is looking forward to his senior year, and why not? He’s the star baseball player, getting scouted by colleges and teams; he has great friends; and an ex-girlfriend that may be more than an ex. One of […]