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YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamed | News Bites

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August is bursting with industry news: YALSA is looking for submissions for its 2014 Maker Contest; the NAACP and American Urban Radio Networks have joined forces in a reading literacy campaign “NAACP Reads”; Minnesota’s Saint Paul Public Library expands its laptop training and giveaway program.

‘Eleanor & Park’ Wins 2014 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

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The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee has selected Eleanor & Park from among five finalists as the 2014 winner of the annual award presented by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Fan Fiction Takes Flight Among Teens

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Teens write fan fiction to experiment, explore, and interact with fellow writers they admire and respect.

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Scenes from the American Library Association Annual Meeting | ALA 2014

Husband and wife duo Dave Ronan and Raina Telgemeier. Photo by Robin Brenner.

Views from the floor of the American Library Association Annual Meeting, from the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet to the Ultimate Picture Book Sketch Off.

Yang’s Two-Volume ‘Boxers & Saints’ Scores Final Victory | SLJ 2014 BoB

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While crowd favorite Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park swept the Undead Poll, it was Gene Luen Yang’s innovative graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, on Chinese history, that survived to be the winner of SLJ’s 2014 Battle of the Kids’ Books.

RSVP Now: Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell at PLA 2014

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Breakfast with Rainbow Rowell—say what? If you’re going to PLA, keep Friday, March 14 open for the AAP Children’s Book & Author Breakfast and you might be asking Rainbow to please pass the croissants.

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.

LOC Literacy Awards; New Follett Chairman; Harry and Hermione? | News Bites

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The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its Literacy Awards. Todd Litzsinger is Follet’s new chairman of the board. Rowling casts doubt on Ron-Hermione pairing. Alexie novel challenged again. Rowell to write graphic novels.

A “What to Read While You’re Waiting for Faith and Rainbow’s Book to Come Out” Reading List

A “What to Read While You’re Waiting for Faith and Rainbow’s Book to Come Out” Reading List

Last Thursday, First Second sent out a press release announcing that Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Landline) and Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) are teaming up to create a graphic novel together. But, because they are both currently working on other projects, it’ll be quite some time before said [...]

Fangirl — Finally!

Why isn’t Fangirl getting more Printz buzz? It’s earned five stars and has appeared on a couple best of 2013 lists. Is the subject too niche? Are readers putting all their support behind Eleanor & Park? Whitney Winn of Youth Services Corner did a useful roundup of Mock Printz lists. While E&P appeared on all nineteen [...]

SLJ’s Battle of the Books’ Contenders Revealed

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At last! The Commanders of School Library Journal’s sixth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) have revealed the 16 contenders! Though the first round of the virtual book elimination tournament doesn’t start until March 10, let the speculating begin! Which title will end up on top?

Eleanor & Park: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Eleanor & Park: Love Will Tear Us Apart

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell St. Martin’s Press, February 2013 Reviewed from Final Copy [Hey, listen. We do spoilers here, okay? Major spoilers, all the time. You've been warned.] Just as I opened my laptop to write this review, it dawned on me that I first read Eleanor & Park over a year ago. Holding [...]

Pick of the Day: Fangirl | Audio

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Rowell’s follow-up (2013) to the fabulous Eleanor and Park (2013, both St. Martin’s Griffin) doesn’t disappoint.

Rowell, Daywalt Among 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

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Attention, best-books list watchers: The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced. Winners include Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades, and more.

YA Novel ‘Eleanor and Park’ Makes Amazon’s 2013 Top 10 Books

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Awards season is finally upon us and, as the SLJ Book Review team puts the finishing touches on its Best Books of 2013 list, we’ve been comparing notes and keeping tabs on other reviewers’ top picks. Fan favorite and SLJ starred book, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park has even made Amazon’s top 10 books of the year.

Teens Review Damico’s ‘Rogue’, Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’, and Douglas’s ‘After Eden’

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Gina Damico wraps up her Croak series in “cracktastic” style with the fall release of ​Rogue. If you loved ​Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, it’s a good bet you’ll be smitten with ​Fangirl, “written by a writer writing about a writer writing.” The question posed in ​After Eden​, from Helen Douglas, circles around when it is or isn’t right to keep a secret, especially when a loyal friend and a whole planet depend on it.

Connections That Count: Audiobooks that Highlight Kids’ Meaningful Relationships | Listen In

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With another school year on the horizon, the focus of August’s Listen In column is on the relationships that children and teens make—with other kids and with adults—to help them navigate the stormy waters of growing up. The ten audiobooks featured are excellent for group listening and for generating discussions about what’s happening to the young people in the stories, from the poignant depiction of friendship in The Other Side to the real drama wrought by abuse in Eleanor and Park.

Pick of the Day: Fangirl

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This charming coming-of-age novel tells the story of a painfully shy teen who prefers the fantasy world of fanfiction to reality.

Photos from the Floor at BookExpo of America 2013

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The publishing industry’s BookExpo of America took place from May 30 to June 1. An annual gathering of authors, publishers, booksellers, and of course librarians, it held signings, panels, and events at the Javits Center in New York City.

Review: Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: August, 1986, and Park Sheridan is sitting on the bus, wanting to be left alone. When Eleanor Douglas gets on the bus, the last thing he wants to do is share his seat with her. Ignore her, leave [...]