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March 31, 2015

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Teens Review Beach Reads, Tearjerkers, and Humorous YA

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Check out the latest assessments from SLJ’s resident teen reviewers, including Amy Spalding’s hilarious Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and Sarah Benwell’s The Last Leaves Falling.

The Importance of Girls’ Stories: SLJ Chats with Nova Ren Suma About “The Walls Around Us”

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YA novelist Nova Ren Suma shares what inspired her to write about killer ballerinas and a bookish incarcerated teen in her latest work, which explores feminism, friendship, and unlikable narrators.

Top-Notch YA Novels with Male Protagonists │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Teen readers are in for a treat with these books featuring male protagonists. Whether it’s a new book in the series or a standalone title, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild live up to the promise that we’ve come to expect from these books by award-winning writers.

Ann Burlingame Wins 2015 Sullivan Award; National Poetry Month Contest; Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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A contest and verse giveaway to kick off National Poetry Month; NEH makes The Great Stories Club program possible with $350,000 to ALA; strut your YA stuff at ALA Annual 2016; Ann Burlingame is winner of the 2015 Sullivan Award.

Hello Texas! Visit Macmillan/Griffin Teen at TLA Annual in Austin, April 14–17

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The Macmillan/Griffin team can’t wait to see librarians in Austin at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in just a few short weeks! Peruse the program early and then join them in the exhibit hall in the Macmillan Adult booth #1359.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

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From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

2015 Debut YA Authors Launch Adopt-a-Library Initiative

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A group of first-time YA authors have banded together to adopt 15 school and public libraries, offering participating sites the chance to receive a set of 15 books, Skype author visits, and virtual Q&As. Applications are due by April 24.

YALSA Teen Intern Grant Winners Announced; Chronicle Books Giveaway | ‘SLJTeen’ News

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Dana Walrath’s YA novel-in-verse will not let us forget the horrors of the 1915 Armenian genocide; enter to win a copy. YALSA and the Dollar Literacy Foundation present Teen Intern Grants to libraries in 20 states. Chronicle Books has ARCs available for Beth Kephart’s latest and more.

Teens Review “Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings” Readalikes, and More

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Check out a second take on The Witch Hunter and an interesting twist on a dystopian society based on personal debt; in Hit, paybacks can be fatal. None of the books on this list are quite like the other. Teen reviewers share their thoughts.

Rage to Page: Young Scholars Self-Publish a Tribute to John Hope Franklin

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When the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars studied the 1898 Massacre in Wilmington, NC, they became enraged that such an important event was not covered in their eighth grade history textbooks. The Young Scholars then decided to write and self-publish a novel as a tribute to the late Duke historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin.

Sponsored Content: Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 List Is Blooming!

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The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and Griffin Teen’s Spring 2015 list is finally blooming. From boarding school girls to zombies to computer hackers, these titles are guaranteed to offer teens something fresh and exciting.

The Maker Space Difference: Amazing Inquiry, Shared Learning | Tech Tidbits

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Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.

Secrets Sad and True in Henry Turner’s “Ask the Dark” | Interview

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Henry Turner’s debut YA novel Ask the Dark forces readers to consider life as it happens at the edge of their consciousness. SLJTeen caught up with the author to chat about his writing process.

Where the Stories Come From: Up Close with YA Author Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Laurie Crompton Boyle has explored eating disorders, bullying, and comic books in her young adult novels. SLJ reviewer Donna Rosenblum plumbs Boyle on her inspirations and motivations for writing for teens.

Spring Giveaways from Merit Press and Chronicle; International Reading Association Renamed | SLJTeen News

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For millennials, being able to read is just the start of developing literacy skills; in recognition, the International Reading Association has renamed itself the International Literacy Association. Spring giveaways include creepily serious A Work of Art and the ridiculously useful Funny on Purpose.

Teens Review the Latest from David Almond, Elizabeth Wein, and More

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Elizabeth Wein and David Almond place readers in new and unusual settings in their latest offerings, Black Dove White Raven and The Tightrope Walkers. And unsurprisingly, power struggles are at the heart of The Witch Hunter, The Winner’s Crime, and Powerless, a theme that continues to run through teens’ favorite reads.

Adult Books for Teens from Macmillan

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These adult titles are in-house favorites at Macmillan, and are perfectly accessible and appropriate for teens. Mix it up by giving them a taste of reading choices that they won’t find on the young adult shelves.

Intelligent Machines: Robots in Film and Teen Fiction

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Catch the eye of teens who love movie and TV robots with a lineup of titles that run diagnostics on coming-of-age themes and personhood conundrums while also providing plenty of gear-turning, technology-pushing, cyborg-centered action.

Heartrending YA Novels by Blockbuster Female Authors

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From fan favorites like Holly Black and Gayle Forman to newcomer Aisha Saeed, the following female authors have created works that attest to the power of the imagination and world-building. The editors at Junior Library Guild share these powerful favorites.

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

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From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.