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May 24, 2015

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Latinitas and DIY Girls: Paving the Way for Latina Makers

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Two nonprofit organizations, Latinitas and DIY Girls, are working with Latina teens and tweens to promote tech- and media-focused skills.

Our Voices Matter: SLJ Chats with Valynne Maetani About “Ink and Ashes” | Up Close

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The first winner of Lee & Low/Tu’s New Visions Award, debut author Valynne Maetani shares what inspired her to write a YA mystery/thriller with a strong Japanese American female protagonist.

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Teen Charm Offensive: Fostering Positive Attitudes About YA Programming

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How to develop the essential “soft skills” to communicate with colleagues who may be less than enthusiastic about teens and young adult programming.

Jane Addams 2015 Award Winners; Apply for Best Buy Teen Tech Grants; NYT Summer Reading Contest | SLJTeen News

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The winners of the 2015 Jane Addams Book Awards include Teri Kanefield’s The Girl from the Tar Paper School. Sarah Hill has been chosen as the President-Elect of YALSA. Teens can participate in a summer reading contest run by the New York Times. Best Buy is offering up to $10,000 to nonprofits working with teens and tech programming.

SPONSORED: Score Advance Reader’s Copies of Marie Marquardt’s “Dream Things True”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request a complimentary advance reader’s copy of Marie Marquardt Dream Things True, a YA novel about a wealthy Southern boy and an undocumented Mexican girl who fall in love in their hostile Georgia town. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Teens Review Murder Mysteries, a Feminist Cinderella, and a Noah Webster Bio

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The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. From a creepy retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to an even scarier serial killer mystery, these books will give young adults chills during the summer months.

Hilda Bewildered | Touch and Go

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Few authors and developers create fictional stories for the iPad with the tween and teen audience in mind. Lynley Stace of Slap Happy Larry is an exception. Her latest app, Hilda Bewildered, will delight fans.

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

Aliens, Coney Island, and a Glitter Princess: Michael Buckley on His YA Debut “Undertow”

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Well-known middle grade author Michael Buckley is about to expand that fan base to teens with the release of his debut YA novel, Undertow. SLJ caught up with Buckley to talk about the sci-fi novel set in a near-future Coney Island and his creative process.

Courtship, Corsages, and Kisses—It’s Prom!

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One of the last big moments in many teens’ high school careers, the prom still reigns supreme in YA teen lit. Each of these recent titles gives this classic ritual a creative treatment, from an interstellar space adventure to a morbidly funny thriller.

Adopt-a-Library Program Reveals Winners; “Nowhere But Here” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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The debut authors’ group Freshmen Fifteens announces the winners of its mini-grants. The 2015 International Latino Book Awards finalists are revealed. Enter for a chance to win a copy of Katie McGarry’s Nowhere But Here. Get a preview of Awkward graphic novel from Yen Press.

Teens Review a Steampunk Sequel, a “Gone Girl”–Like YA, and More

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Paranormal romances don’t seem to be waning, and a realistic fiction title was received quite differently by two young critics. The young adult reviewers, part of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA book groups near Seattle, offer honest insight into some of the latest titles for teens.

Super and Magical Webcomic Now in Print: Jillian Tamaki on “SuperMutant Magic Academy”

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On the heels of the publication of her first solo YA work, a collection of her webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy, about teen witches and mutants who attend a Hogwarts-like school, Jillian Tamaki shared with SLJ what inspired her to work on this long-running project and what she’s got planned next.

SPONSORED: Get Advance Reader’s Copies of Simon P. Clark’s “Tell the Story to Its End”

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If you’re an active librarian in the United States, you can request an advance reader’s copy of Simon P. Clark’s haunting debut, Tell the Story to Its End from St. Martin’s Press. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Dig Into the Past and Soar to the Stars: Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens

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Representing a sampling of favorite YA genres, these stand-out, hot-off-the-press novels have been penned by authors of varied ethnic backgrounds and/or feature protagonists who are as wonderfully diverse as the books’ teen audiences.

Page to Stage: Gary Ghislain on the German Theater Adaptation of His YA Debut

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YA author Gary Ghislain recounts the unique experience of seeing his first book for teens, How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend, performed live in a theater in Germany.

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

2015 Banned Books Week to Focus on YA Lit

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This year’s Banned Books Week (BBW, September 27 to October 3) will celebrate books written for the teen audience, the BBW National Committee announced on April 22.

ALA’s Most Frequently Challenged Books; Teen Read Week Grants; Springtime Giveaways | SLJTeen News

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The American Library Association has announced 2014’s most frequently challenged books. Teen Read Week grants are available from YALSA. Enter in two YA book giveaways. See how one librarian hosted a Doctor Who–themed lock-in with great success.

SPONSORED: Walking on Fear Street with R.L. Stine

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The king of juvenile horror is back with brand-new books in the “Fear Street” series. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming volumes in the popular series. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.