July 26, 2017

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YA: Quirky Romance, Tough Decisions, & a Timely “Tick Tock Man” | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA web-only reviews feature a new voice in gritty contemporary fiction, a teenage spin on Yoruba folklore, the psychological push-pull of social media mind games, and more.

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Chris Russell On Boy Bands, YA Lit, and “Songs About a Girl”

From London, Russell spoke to SLJ about how he came to write YA (he’s in the band The Lightyears) and the period he spent writing gossip updates for a One Direction fan site.

How To Plan, Market, and Execute a Successful Book Festival for Youth

North Texas Teen Book Festival cofounder Dr. Rose Brock and SLJTeen Live! speaker offers how-to advice on developing a youth-centered event.

Werewolves, Zombies, Space Operas, & Gaslamp Fantasies | Adult Books 4 Teens

This week’s column offers a rich mix of sci-fi and fantasy, from a gripping tale about nuns trained in the deadly arts to a novel that blends elements of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.

Amy Lukavics On Her Latest YA Horror “The Ravenous”

Lukavics spins a tale of sisterhood and cannibalism sure to send chills up readers’ spines.

10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.

Global Tales of War, Family, and Identity | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers takes readers on a journey around the world, highlighting books set in India, Sweden, South Africa, and other locations.

Adele Griffin On Creating a Beach Read That Boils with Tension

Adele Griffin offers insights into Be True to Me, a dark summer read that centers on an unforgettable love triangle.

Ibi Zoboi On Literacy and Her Work with Haitian American Teens

Debut author and SLJTeen Live! speaker Ibi Zoboi talks about her writing initiatives for teens in immigrant communities.

SLJ’s Guide to Pride: 20 Titles Spotlighting LGBTQA+ Experience

A bevy of YA fiction and nonfiction reviews, author interviews, and resources to to round out Pride Month.

5 Nonfiction Titles To Stave Off the Summer Slide | Adult Books 4 Teens

From an account of crimes committed against the Osage Nation in the 1920s to a quick overview of astrophysics from Neil deGrasse Tyson, these titles are bound to keep students learning, and having fun, during the summer months.

How a Teen Librarian Addressed “13 Reasons Why” in Her Community

A public librarian gathered teens, school leaders, and parents for community forum on the controversial adaptation of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

Debut YA Author Bonnie Pipkin on “Aftercare Instructions” and Abortion

Pipkin on her writing process and approaching the topic of abortion without shame.

Exclusive Cover Reveal: James L. Swanson’s “Chasing King’s Killer”

James L. Swanson’s new biography, Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassin, out next spring from Scholastic, marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. See SLJ’s exclusive cover reveal.

Powerhouse YA Authors on World-Building and Agency | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Attendees at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog on May 31 in New York City were treated to a lunch keynote from the acclaimed Megan Whalen Turner and a panel of blockbuster YA authors.

A World of Hurt: 7 Dark, Compelling Titles | Adult Books 4 Teens

Teens with an appreciation for gritty, intense reads will appreciate these selections that range from a 19th-century murder mystery to the nonfiction account of two Baltimore teenagers’ scheme to distribute opiates.

Library of Congress Launches Teen Internship; 2017 Lammys Announced | SLJTeen News

A roundup of tidbits and news bites that librarians working with teens will want to know about, including a new internship at the Library of Congress and the winners of the Lammys, Audies, and Teen Choice Book awards.

5 Beach Reads for Teens: From Superhero Adventures to Thrilling Whodunits

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a camp experience like no other, a whodunit, a coming-of-age tale, or a short but complete history of surfing, these five choices are just right for summer reading shelves.

Jamming to Kwame Alexander’s “Solo” | BookExpo 2017

A group of booksellers, librarians, and publishing industry professionals were treated to a night of music and poetry at an event celebrating the Newbery Medalist’s latest work Solo, which took place at the Gibson Guitar Studio.

5 Thrillers Reveal Small-Town Secrets | Adult Books 4 Teens

Murder, monsters, and skeletons in the closet: these recent thrillers delve into the seedier side of small-town living.