May 24, 2016

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Summer 2016 Graphic Novel Roundup: From Agatha Christie to “Star Trek”—and Beyond

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights upcoming graphic novels and manga titles that will keep teens reading during the summer months.

Sponsored | Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1958-1959) @ BEA 2016

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Join Macmillan Library at BookExpo America in Chicago.

Teens Review Matthew Quick’s Latest, “Peter Pan” Reimagined, and More

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The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews summer thrillers, an ode to social media, and Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing.

Apply for AASL Inspire Grants; ALAN Grants for Librarians Announced | SLJ Teen News

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The American Association of School Librarians invites school librarians to apply for two new grants. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents has two new awards that may be of interest to librarians working with teens.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

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Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.

Where the Girls Are: Recent Titles on Feminism, Girlhood, and Sexism | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Whether nonfiction or novels, these selections highlight the stories of girls and young women who grapple with their sexuality, deal with issues such as immigration and sexism, and consider their own identities.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

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Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Interview: John Corey Whaley on Star Trek, Anxiety, and “Highly Illogical Behavior”

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SLJ chats with Printz Award-winner John Corey Whaley about his third YA novel Highly Illogical Behavior

Teens Review Meredith Russo’s “If I Was Your Girl” and More

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From the latest summer romances to the much-anticipated If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, SLJ’s resident teen reviewers tackle teen angst, first love, and gender issues in their latest reviews.

Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.

Summer Lovin’: 13 New YA Romances | SLJ Spotlight

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Looking for lighthearted romances to populate summer reading shelves? Take a look at the latest crop of beach reads that teens will be devouring come vacation time.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

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SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

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Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi | YA Series Update

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The following are some of the latest installments in popular YA series. The highlighted choices include some classic romances, science fiction, dystopians, horror, a modern-day take on Shakespeare, and political thrillers that teens won’t want to miss.

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Doctor Who Comics Day; YALSA’s Teens’ Top 10 | SLJTeen News

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This SLJTeen news roundup highlights plenty of opportunities to win prizes and info about upcoming conferences and stipends.

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More

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Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

YALSA’s 2016 Teen Read Week To Focus On English Language Learners

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This year’s Teen Read Week, held from October 9–15, will highlight teen services, programming, and literature for young adults who speak a language other than English at home.

Interview: Cassandra Clare on SLJ Popular Pick “Lady Midnight”

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SLJ chats with Cassandra Clare, author of the mega-popular “Mortal Instruments” series about her “Dark Artifices” series opener and her love for libraries.

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How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

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Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.

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.