September 17, 2017

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Highly Illogical Behavior

Highly Illogical Behavior, John Corey Whaley Dial Books, May 2016 Reviewed from ARC Humans expect a lot from each other. We like to think that we’re autonomous beings, when in reality, our choices are frequently motivated and influenced by others. In John Corey Whaley’s latest novel, he once again explores the interplay between a teen […]

#MHYALit Interview with HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR author John Corey Whaley

Last night The Teen and I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing author John Corey Whaley. His most recent release, Highly Illogical Behavior, is the story of a teenage boy, Solomon, with agoraphobia and the teenage girl, Lisa, who wants to “cure” him so she can write a stellar essay and get herself into […]

#MHYALit: Agoraphobia in YA Lit, THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight and HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley

Agoraphobia is an extreme type of anxiety that can result inpanic attacks. It can become so extreme that people become unable to leave their houses and they stick to strict routines hoping to avoid triggering these panic attacks. Peanuts creator Charles Shulz, for example, suffered from depression and agoraphobia. Towards the end of his life […]

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

National Book Award Finalists

And we have finalists! With yesterday’s announcement of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category it’s really starting to feel like awards season. Last month, Karyn wrote about the longlist, observing that social conscience seemed to be a common thread among the nominees. Now that we’re down to five titles, her […]

Noggin

Noggin, John Corey Whaley Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 2014 Reviewed from ARC I need to be up front about something. I loved Where Things Come Back. I know it wasn’t a favorite ’round these parts, but I was impressed with the nuance and ambition in its debut author’s writing. John Corey Whaley’s Printz-winning novel […]

New Series: Walking and Talking with . . . John Corey Whaley

Introducing the all new “Walking and Talking” series by Steve Sheinkin! I’m always on the lookout for folks I consider double threats.  In the children’s and YA book biz that translates to mean people who can both write and draw.  Take someone like Kadir Nelson, for example.  One day he’s doing his spectacular art, merry […]

Teens Review the Latest from Armentrout, Caletti, and More

In Don’t Look Back, Sam desperately tries to regain her memory, while in The Last Forever, Tessa struggles not to lose hers. Teens weigh in with second takes on Noggin and Sekret.

YA A-Listers Deliver New Hits │JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Bring on the A-Listers! Magaret Peterson Haddix, Shannon Hale, Jonathan Corey Whaley, and Chris Wooding all have new titles out that teens will want to know about.

Teens Review Spring 2014 Releases, Second Take on Whaley’s ‘Noggin’

Though there’s time travel in Subway Love and a body transplant in Noggin, all of the featured titles here could loosely be labeled contemporary young adult fiction. While one teen attempts to escape from suburban atrophy in The Other Way Around, another finds her way out through dance in Warm Up. What’s not to love about YA books?

Teens Review ’17 & Gone’, ‘Landry Park’, and Whaley’s Latest

A teen slips into a dangerous mental state after seeing an apparition of a girl who has gone missing in 17 & Gone; Landry Park introduces a future world in which the gentry hearken back to the Victorian era; and award-winning John Corey Whaley knocks another one out of the park with Noggin.

Flying High: The Improbable True Tale of Debut Novelist John Corey Whaley

It was a surprisingly warm day in Dallas as John Corey Whaley stood at the American Library Association’s (ALA) January midwinter meeting still “in complete shock,” looking like a guy who’d just hit the daily double.

Who could blame him?