April 24, 2017

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3 “STEM”-ulating Biographies

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These recent titles tackle complex STEM topics suitable for any classroom.

Take a Bite Out of Summer Reading with Shark Week–Themed Titles

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What could possibly make the end of the school year even better…shark week! Here are a few nonfiction titles straight from SLJ archives sure to please novices and experts alike.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

“Pride and Prejudice” YA Redux | SLJ Spotlight

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s classic continues to inspire new YA adaptations every year. Give these titles to budding Janeites or teens looking for YA romances with a unique spin.

Sexual Violence in YA Lit | SLJ Spotlight

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share these recently reviewed YA titles and resources with teen readers.

YA Tales from Down Under | SLJ Spotlight

Hartnett, Sonya. Golden Boys

From a nuanced look at abuse to a fun read about a teen who communicates with ghosts, these latest works set in Australia are sure to wow U.S. teens.

Hiding in Plain Sight | SLJ Spotlight

BARROUX. Where’s the Elephant

Whether it’s a story about a game of counting and scouting for hidden friends or looking for cleverly concealed visual clues, these books sharpen children’s observation skills and allow them to succeed vicariously by paying attention, honing sharp-eyed reflexes, and having fun along the way.

The Real Deal: Three New Realistic Middle Grade Novels

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Three new titles that tackle the pathos and humor of the here-and-now.

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KNIGHT, Mary. Saving Wonder

From quirky mysteries and intricate steampunk adventures to environmental allegory and multi-layered fantasy, this crop of fresh new voices on the middle grade scene should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of eager young readers.

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight

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From sex and gender to reproductive rights, these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them.

Blast to the Recent Past | SLJ Spotlight

HITCHCOCK, Bonnie-Sue. The Smell of Other People’s Houses

The following YA titles take place from the 1970s to the mid-aughts, each offering a glimpse of the recent past, and perhaps a little bit of hindsight.

Saying Goodbye | SLJ Spotlight

ELLIS, Sarah. Ben Says Goodbye.

These tender and affecting picture books deal with loss in an honest and age-appropriate way. While diverse in their subject matter and style, all of the books have a gentle tone, and offer positive and hopeful ways to cope with them.

Family Matters | SLJ Spotlight

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From struggling to find footing as a foster kid to having a mom with depression, these YA titles are about working through real-life situations.

Hillary: Beyond the Headlines | SLJ Spotlight

Hillary Rodham Clinton A Woman Living History

Several recently reviewed books take a close look a presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton.

Magical Mysteries | SLJ Spotlight

The Deadly 7

Who’s the Roald Dahl of today? Well, filling those storied shoes is a tall order, but there are some excellent and emerging middle grade authors who are taking up the task.

Second That Emotion | SLJ Spotlight

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Several recently reviewed picture books for young children tackle the complexities of emotion.

From A Galaxy Far, Far Away… | SLJ Spotlight

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Angleberger and fellow authors re-introduce the classic Star Wars series to a newer and younger audience.

They Came from Outer Space | SLJ Spotlight

We Are the Ants

These YA titles are quite out of this world. The following titles will pique the interest of sci-fi fans and teens looking to the stars for the secrets of the universe.

It’s Your World | SLJ Spotlight

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These titles explore individuals and organizations whose research and projects confront environmental issues, while highlighting how kids can make a difference.