January 19, 2017

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Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

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These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

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Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

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A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

Outside the Frame | New YA Fiction About Teen Artists

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In these recent titles, the world is a canvas for teen artists.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

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Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens

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After a few months absence, the Adult Books 4 Teens column returns, with historical fiction from Cat Winters, science fiction/horror from Jay Kristoff, and an investigation of the case at the center of the podcast Serial.

Teens Review “Dreamland Burning,” New Fantasy, and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new thrillers and fantasy titles and Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning, among other recent releases.

Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

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Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

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Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

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A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

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“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

Teens Review “The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily,” “Holding Up the Universe,” and More

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SLJ‘s teen reviewers cover Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe, and more.

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Nonfiction

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What do revered authors Maya Angelou, Alison Bechdel, and Marjane Satrapi have in common?

Creepify Your Library: Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest Board

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Librarian Molly Wetta curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest board. Check out some fun and creepy ideas for Halloween programs, displays, and more.

YA Xpress Reviews | October 2016

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From Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom to Gaby Triana’s latest, October’s online-only reviews include works for teens in a variety of genres—fantasy, realistic fiction, and more.

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Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on “Rani Patel in Full Effect”

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel shared with SLJ what inspired her to write her hard-hitting novel set in early 90s Hawaii.

Teens Review Trailblazing Nonfiction, “Labyrinth Lost,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on some informational titles, contemporary YA, and creepy reads just in time for fall, including Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost.

Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.

Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

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With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Celebrating the Peculiar: Program Ideas in Advance of “Miss Peregrine” Film

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Not sure what to do to celebrate the arrival of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film adaption? “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth has some suggestions!