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August 29, 2015

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Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

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Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

SPONSORED: Stars for Kat Spears’s “Breakaway”!

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St. Martin’s Griffin presents advance readers e-galleys of librarian Kat Spears’s sophomore novel, Breakaway, which has already garnered several starred reviews.

“Honor Girl” Graphic Novelist Maggie Thrash on Identity and Girls’ Spaces

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SLJ caught up with debut author Maggie Thrash, whose graphic memoir Honor Girl focuses on an experience she had at summer camp when she was 15. Thrash shared how she went from comics newbie to full-fledged author, described the challenges of writing a memoir, and emphasized the importance of all-girl’s spaces.

Mystery, Thriller, and Sci-Fi Debuts | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books 4 Teens columnist Mark Flowers rounds up a group of debut novels that run the genre gamut—from meta cozy mysteries to survival fiction with threads of romance.

Video: Daniel José Older Talks to Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s ‘Maria,’ About Her Memoir

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SLJ had the opportunity of pairing two Latino authors—Daniel José Older and Sonia Manzano, an award-winning author and acclaimed actress who originated the iconic role of “Maria” on Sesame Street—in a conversation about Manzano’s first memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Game on! Gaming at the Library | SummerTeen 2015

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Looking to incorporate games in your library’s programming and collections? A panel of librarians shared ideas and best practices on the topic during the first ever teen services track of SLJ’s SummerTeen all-day virtual event on August 13.

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month; Giveaway: Lubar’s “Sophomores” | SLJTeen News

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Libraries are gearing up for the annual celebration of the power of library cards. The 2015 Arab American Book and RITA Award winners were recently announced. Just in time for back to school, readers can enter for a chance to win a copy of David Lubar’s Sophomores and Other Oxymorons, the companion novel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.

Finding a Creative Frequency: Tuning in to Pat Schmatz’s “Lizard Radio”

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Pat Schmatz’s Lizard Radio comes at a key social moment, with trans identities and gender fluidity gaining increasing mainstream recognition. The YA author spoke with SLJ on the nuances of that well-wrought term dystopia and letting characters speak for themselves, including the work’s 15-year-old protagonist, ‘bender’ Kivali.

Podcast Party: A Curated List of Nine Teen-Friendly Podcasts

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In celebration of The Yarn podcast, created by SLJ blogger Travis Jonker and Colby Sharp, teen librarian Robin Brenner has curated a roundup of podcasts to recommend to young adults who are both new to and well-versed in the format.

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More

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The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.

Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games

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The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

Teens Review the Latest from Leigh Bardugo, Hannah Moskowitz, and More

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From a new volume set in the Grisha universe to a gripping nonfiction title about Typhoid Mary, the titles reviewed by Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group offer spell-binding plots and action-packed pacing.

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”

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SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony

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SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

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Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Six Eclectic Debut Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.

Librarians Tackle Body Shaming via “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr

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On June 1, Faythe Arredondo, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Kelly Jensen, and Angie Manfredi, four bloggers, readers, and (mostly) librarians launched the “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr examining “fatness, fatphobia, body shaming, body policing, body objectification, and all other things relating to size and body acceptance in YA literature.”

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

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Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

Hot YA Titles for Beach Reading

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From a summer romance to a vicious motorcycle race and a camp that’s just a bit unusual to a mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end, the following titles are just what teens need to finish off the last weeks of summer.