The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.
SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.
At “Who Are You To Say?”, an event held in New York City on April 16, authors and kid lit experts weighed in on where to draw the line between being aware and censoring.
Set in Queens during the summer of 1977, when the Son of Sam terrorized the city of New York, Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn is filled with pop culture references, from Donna Summer to Parliament. Steer teen fans of the book to songs and films from the period.
Our teen reviewers tackle feminist historical fiction, time travel YA, and Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone.
Don’t be afraid to enter the discussion about intellectual freedom, and be firm when stating your opinion.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
For the first time, the winners of the 2014 International Latino Book Awards were revealed concurrently with the ALA Annual Conference. Among this year’s 231 honorees, recognized during a ceremony at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater on June 28, were well known children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, such as Alma Flor Ada, Meg Medina, and John Parra.
In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
A Latina teen is the target of bullying in Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. In the audiobook version, Roxanne Hernandez’s narration is spot-on. Check out the starred review.
Meg Medina knows firsthand about bullying—the topic of her young adult novel. In ‘Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass,’ the author explores its consequences when 15-year-old Piddy Sanchez becomes victimized at her new school.