November 22, 2017

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Belzhar

Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer Dutton, September 2014 Reviewed from ARC There’s always some weird dance of anticipation and dread when an author you respect as an author for adult readers dips into the YA world. Happily, Meg Wolitzer is very clear eyed about YA and about why she writes YA — it’s not to jump on […]

Novels in Verse, Literary Street Lit, and High-Interest Nonfiction | What’s Hot in YA

Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down about a black teen who is shot by a white man, is especially timely with recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and just the right title for young adults grappling with streaming headlines. And, a new book from the queen of verse novels, Ellen Hopkins, will entice fans of the format. The following fiction and nonfiction titles for teens will be perfect for late-summer reading and back-to-school shelf-browsing.

Young Adult Titles of Tragedy and Triumph | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

This month’s YA offerings will take teens through the darkness to the light, from Dana Walrath’s Like Water on Stone, a tale of the Armenian genocide, to Meg Wolitzer’s engrossing Belzhar, a story of emotionally fragile teens coming to turns with personal losses and griefs.

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Video: Unreliable YA Narrators, Love ’em—Hate ’em|SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

Unreliable narrators fascinate—but do they have to be likable to engage readers? Young Adult authors Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, Barry Lyga, and Meg Wolitzer shared their thoughts in an all-star panel.

Authors Dig into the Unreliable Narrator | SLJ Day of Dialog 2014

“There’s something about characters who lie. That charisma can carry you through [a story].” At SLJ’s Day of Dialog, on May 28, authors Meg Wolitzer, Jodi Lynn Anderson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, E. Lockhart, and Barry Lyga engaged in a panel “Unreliable YA Narrators.”