November 24, 2017

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Release by Patrick Ness | SLJ Review

NESS, Patrick. Release. 288p. ­HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062403193.

Gr 9 Up –Adam, a rising senior with complex social and familial relationships, experiences the worst day of his life to date. The former boyfriend for whom he still has romantic feelings, and his BFF—witty and wise Korean adoptee Angela who might be into both guys and girls—are both going away; his older brother, a seminary student, has gotten a new girlfriend pregnant and turns to Adam to help smooth the way […]

49 Fantastic New Titles | September 2017

Native American Women share their stories in #NotYourPrincess; Anne of Green Gables gets a graphic novel makeover; a children’s bilingual picture book celebrates a Mexican holiday; and two middle grade audiobooks.

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A Tween and His Tree | “A Monster Calls” Movie Review

Director J.A. Bayona unleashes the destructive, tough-talking, and tale-spinning colossal, based on author Patrick Ness’s 2011 novel.

Page to Screen: Rowling Returns and “Children” Cut Loose

In two high-profile releases, J.K. Rowling pens her first screenplay and director Tim Burton meets his match, Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine.

Video Sunday: The Other Man in Purple

So many good videos to choose from today!  First and foremost, I begin with a very special message from Jon Scieszka.  It seems you still have two days to vote in the Children’s Book Choice Awards and . . . well . . . Jon would really like your kids to do so.  Seriously. I […]

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

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.”

So many books they never end oh god too many books (Hanging Chad part 1)

This year is just full of books, and so many of them are worth talking about. Sadly, we’re not going to get to everything we hoped to read before Monday’s award announcements, despite valiant efforts. I’m mourning Leavitt’s Calvin, loaded on my Nook but sadly unread; Seneca Village; Lizard Radio, with a premise so unusual […]

Six Things That Made my Patrick Ness Author Visit a Knockout Success

How a Virginia high school librarian researched, budgeted, got community buy-in and read-in, and otherwise prepared for a visit to her high school by “A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness.

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

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.

Magical Thinking in the Real World: YA Lit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2015

A panel of acclaimed and debut authors—including A.S. King, Patrick Ness, and Allan Stratton—discussed the things that inspired them to create their latest YA novels, all of which blur the line between reality and fantasy.

SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Books Is in Full Swing

SLJ ’s own version of March Madness, our sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BoB) elimination contest, kicked off on March 11 and has been going strong for 10 matches and counting. A recap of the Battle’s surprise victories, student-led celebrations, and quips from the Peanut Gallery.

Reality Boy and More Than This and Black Helicopters, oh my!

A few final books we wanted to squeeze in: Reality Boy, which received some buzz early in the year but seems to have fallen off everyone’s radars despite three year-end Best lists; More Than This, a book that has picked up some traction recently as a buzz book and potential contender; and Black Helicopters, which […]

Teens Review the Latest from Patrick Ness, Susan Beth Pfeffer, and Others

Looking for a break from the paranormal genre? The only monsters you’ll find in these books are of the human variety—a maniacal kidnapper, an abusive boyfriend, elitist survivors, and one’s own memory.

Hans Christian Andersen Award Nominees Announced | News Bites

The Hans Christian Andersen Award shortlist has been revealed; the Christopher Awards names six winners in the Books for Young People category; and Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, is offering a new SAT math practice tool—Math Shack. All of this and more in this week’s News Bites column.