October 27, 2016

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“Looking for Alaska” Stays in Curriculum in Lebanon, KY

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The controversial teen novel by John Green came under heavy fire in one high school—but in a victory for “freedom to read,” the merits of its use prevailed.

From YouTube Star to Published Author | Video Spotlight


Five titles by YouTube-famous teens turned authors.

Patrick Ness Raised $1 Million for Refugees. But Don’t Call Him a Saint.

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The YA author rallied 6,783 donors, including fellow authors, to contribute to his relief campaign for the global refugee crisis. Ness says that he just got “pissed off about 30 seconds before anyone else did.”

YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles


Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

Once Upon a Time in Minneapolis: A Librarian Attends NerdCon

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The first NerdCon, the brainchild of Hank Green, was the hot ticket convention for storytellers and story consumers October 8–9 in Minneapolis. The event, filled with YA authors, vloggers, podcasters, and more, focused on storytelling. Librarian Robin Brenner highlights some of the panels and speakers.

Top Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Put on Your Radar

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Media and popular culture expert and founder of TheYoungFolks.com Gabrielle Bondi presents some of the upcoming book-to-film adaptations that teens (and librarians) should put on their to-watch lists.

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More


The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.

Manic Pixie Girl Rising | “Paper Towns” Movie Review

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Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) in Paper Towns. Photo by Michael Tackett

The box office success and the generally well received critical response of the first film adaptation of a John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars, provides ample evidence that there is an audience to be found for somber, darker YA subject matter that has nothing to do with lottery killings or armed insurrections. Although the filmmakers of the new Paper Towns, based on Green’s third novel […]

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit


As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Today we have a special treat for you: A process essay by comics writer John Patrick Green. John is the artist for Teen Boat, which is a GC4K favorite, and he is now working on a new book, Hippopotamister, which will be published by First Second in spring 2016. Hippopotamister is the story of a […]

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series


The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

The ‘Red Band Society’ and Beyond: YA Novels About Life, Death, and Love


Filled with humor and heartbreak, poignant emotion, and amazing instances of courage, these young adult offerings are sure to captivate fans of the Red Band Society TV show and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Break Out Your Hankies: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ | Film Review

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SLJ reviews John Green’s page-to-screen hit adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, which opens June 6.

YA Authors who Give Back, From John Green to Ellen Hopkins


Whether supporting at-risk youth or global causes, these YA authors have a lot to contribute in addition to their writing.

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Page to Screen: Kid & YA Lit Flicks to Look Forward to After ‘The Fault in Our Stars’


With the success of Divergent and The Book Thief, Hollywood continues to tap kid’s books, from classic fairy tales to the latest dystopian, for new ideas. To celebrate the highly the anticipated big screen version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, SLJ has compiled a list of upcoming projects that will be coming to a screen near you.

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

Video Sunday: Pregnant iguanas galore

This may sound a little crazy, but even though I’m on maternity leave for three months or so, this video made me nostalgic for my system. It’s the rather remarkable Why Libraries Matter short documentary from The Atlantic. Beautifully shot and LOOK! There’s Rita Meade again! Somebody give that gal her own show. While we’re […]

School Librarians: Ask Students to Vote to Get ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Cast to Visit Your State


Here’s a fun activity around the June 6 film release of The Fault in Our Stars. Librarians can encourage students to find their home state on an interactive map, and put in their vote to get the book-turned-film’s cast to visit their state. Vote before April 25.

Rowell, Yang Are L.A. Times Book Award Finalists; Green Honored as an Innovator

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The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday, February 19. Among the 50 books that made the short list, five acclaimed titles for young people were selected, including Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints. Bestselling YA author John Green is also being honored with the Innovators Award.

Rebecca Stead Is First US Author to Win ‘Guardian’ Kid Lit Prize


Newbery-winning author Rebecca Stead’s Liar & Spy has won this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, a literary award that annually recognizes one children’s fiction book written for children or young adults that is published in the United Kingdom. Stead is the first American author to earn this distinction, only recently available to US writers since 2012.

John Green Says ‘Looking for Alaska’ Challenged by Colorado Parents


A group of Colorado parents are challenging the use of John Green’s award-winning young adult novel Looking for Alaska (Dutton, 2005) in 9th grade classrooms, the author wrote on his Tumblr-based blog yesterday. Green is urging supporters to write in solidarity with the teachers and librarians at the school, Fort Lupton Middle and High School, who he says are “heroically” standing by their choice.