November 17, 2017

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Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

The Walls Around Us (are pretty darn impressive)

The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma Algonquin Books for Young Readers, March 2015 Reviewed from final e-copy Finally! In The Walls Around Us, Suma has delivered the book I wanted back when I first read Imaginary Girls. It’s got the good stuff I knew to expect — her wordsmithing really is excellent (my notes […]

The Importance of Girls’ Stories: SLJ Chats with Nova Ren Suma About “The Walls Around Us”

YA novelist Nova Ren Suma shares what inspired her to write about killer ballerinas and a bookish incarcerated teen in her latest work, which explores feminism, friendship, and unlikable narrators.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

The Latest from Kephart, Suma, Levithan, Wein, and More | Fiction Grades 9 & Up

The SLJ March issue is chock-full of YA heavy-hitters. From Nova Ren Suma’s latest magical realism offering to David Levithan’s companion play to Will Grayson, Will Grayson¸ the following titles for teens push genre boundaries, invite reflection, and are brimming with moving narratives.

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Much-Anticipated Sequels and the Latest from Avi, Suma, and Wein | SLJ Sneak Peek

From the new “Penderwicks” novel to the sequel to E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen, the titles featured in SLJ’s March issue will delight fans and create new ones. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.