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February 11, 2016

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Flatiron Press Goes YA; “Reproductive Rights” Giveaway; a New Harry Potter Book | SLJTeen News

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Macmillan debuts a new YA imprint. Win free copies of Reproductive Rights—a teen nonfiction title. Apply for Library of Congress literacy grants. An eighth Harry Potter book was just announced. These tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Secret Societies, Psychopaths, and Murder | Adult Books 4 Teens

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An unreliable narrator with amnesia, a secret society orchestrating conspiracies, a decades-old mystery springing back to life: the novels in the latest Adult Books 4 Teens column contain just about every ingredient we’ve come to know and love in contemporary suspense thrillers.

Interview: Veronica Rossi on Her YA Crossover Series Opener, “Riders”

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New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi chats with SLJ about her inspiration for Riders, her latest focusing on the four teen Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their quest to save the world from destruction.

Teens Review the Latest from Sarah Fine, David Lubar, and More

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The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group have been busy. Check out what they think about David Lubar’s Character Driven, Sarah Fine’s latest fantasy, and Emily Skrutskie’s debut, The Abyss Surrounds Us.

(Anti)Valentine’s Day Inspiration: Molly Wetta Curates an SLJ Pinterest Board

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In search of a last-minute display idea for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps your teens would run in the opposite direction at the sight of hearts and doilies. Librarian and blogger Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s (Anti)Valentine’s Day-themed Pinterest board.

National Book Foundation Launches BookUp LGBTQ

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The National Book Foundation, best known for its National Book Awards, will expand its BookUp program for teens on February 5, by creating its first after-school reading club for LGBTQ teens.

Sailing Through Time: Heidi Heilig on Her YA Debut, “The Girl from Everywhere”

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Heidi Heilig shares what inspired her to write The Girl from Everywhere, her thoughts on diversity, and how she juggles between writing YA fiction and theater musicals.

Ruta Sepetys on Unearthing an Untold Story of World War II in “Salt to the Sea”

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SLJ caught up with the acclaimed YA author of Between Shades of Gray to discuss her latest historical fiction novel about the world’s worst maritime disaster, Salt to the Sea.

SPONSORED: Hooray for YA! Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen Congratulate their Winners

#SVYALit: ALL THE RAGE and rape culture, Trish Doller interviews author Courtney Summers

Sponsored: Macmillan Adult and Griffin Teen congratulate their many ALA-YALSA Award Winners, including Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Sarah McCarry’s About a Girl.

Teens Review Veronica Rossi’s “Riders,” Sci-Fi, and More

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A teen reviewer gives a glowing review to Veronica Rossi’s latest series opener, and another young adult swoons over Melissa Landers’s Starflight.

Gregory Maguire’s “After Alice,” Speculative Fiction, and More | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Mark Flowers looks at a wide assortment of speculative fiction titles and a book that seems like it should be science fiction but is actually nonfiction.

Booktalks and Book Reports in a Digital Age | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner explains how librarians can help students implement digital tools to create 21st-century booktalks and book reports.

Beyond the Stars: Sci-Fi YA Read-Alikes for “The 5th Wave” Fans

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The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA The 5th Wave comes to theaters on January 22. Teens will be rushing to the library in search of the source material; offer them these new and upcoming sci-fi read-alikes.

Teens Review the Latest from Alexandra Bracken, Shaun David Hutchinson, and More

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In the first “YA Reviews” column of the year, the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on sci-fi, suspense, and novels-in-verse, including a title from the author of the “Darkest Minds” trilogy.

Zombie Fiction, Bone-Chilling Horror, and Genre-Defying Dystopians | YA Series Update

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YA librarian and Library Journal Mover and Shaker Lindsey Tomsu curates a roundup of the latest installments of popular YA series. Among the highlighted choices are romance, sci-fi, dystopian, mystery, horror, and fantasy selections that teens won’t want to miss.

2015 Cybils Finalists Announced; YALSA Accepting Symposium Proposals | SLJTeen News

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The finalists in the 2015 CYBILS awards have been revealed; YALSA is accepting proposals for its YALSA Symposium. These tidbits and more in the first SLJTeen news roundup of 2016.

Worlds Turned Upside Down: Marieke Nijkamp on School Shootings and “This Is Where It Ends”

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Marieke Nijkamp’s gripping debut YA novel spans the 54 minutes that students are held hostage in an auditorium during a school shooting. “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Amanda MacGregor caught up with Nijkamp and discussed her inspirations and research.

Up to the Challenge: Neal Shusterman’s Journey to the National Book Award

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Lyrical, layered, and profoundly moving, Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winning novel Challenger Deep is the story of Caden Bosch, a teenager who, as he begins spiraling into a psychotic episode, imagines himself on a ship bound for the deepest spot in the ocean.

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Gene Luen Yang Is Next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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The new 2016–2017 Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is Gene Luen Yang. He will be the youngest ambassador ever, as well as the first to come from a graphic literature background.

California Teens Create Literacy Center—and a Brighter Future—for Preschoolers

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High school students at Gateway Community School in San Mateo, CA, a school for those suspended or expelled from schools in their home districts, team up to help preschoolers in a local Head Start program.