February 21, 2017

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Alex Awards Check-In | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Sarah Hill looks back on the column to see just how many of the Alex Award winners were covered in AB4T and spotlights four can’t-miss nonfiction titles.

Teens Review Michael Miller and Amanda Strickland’s “Shadow Run” and More

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From graphic novels about war to sci-fi, this month’s batch of teen reviews covers the spread.

Making the Personal Political | Angie Thomas on “The Hate U Give”

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Angie Thomas, debut novelist of The Hate U Give, a stirring work on police brutality and racial violence, spoke with SLJ about bigotry, the influence of real life on her book, and the power of literature.

Prejudice, Gun Violence, and Suicide: Barry Lyga Tackles It All in “Bang”

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Barry Lyga talks about what inspired his hard-hitting novel Bang, an SLJ February 2017 Popular Pick.

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Teens Review the Latest Ellen Hopkins, Goblin Fantasy, and More

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Our teen reviewers tackle the latest novel in verse from Ellen Hopkins, an epic fantasy featuring goblins, and Tanya Lee Stone’s nonfiction work based on the acclaimed documentary Girl Rising.

Programming 101 | Cupcake Wars with Teens

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See how a team of librarians got teens from L.D. Fargo (WI) Public Library to participate in a (delectable) YA program.

Interview: Renée Watson on YA Novel “Piecing Me Together”

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SLJ chats with Renée Watson about her stirring YA novel Piecing Me Together .

Showcasing Marginalized Voices | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Now more than ever in America, young girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people need stories relevant to their lives. The following titles highlight these voices.

In the Margins Book Committee Announces Winners for 2017

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Now in its fourth year, the In the Margins selection committee has released its full list of 2017 winners. The group identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional venues in the margins.

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

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After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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The Youth Media Awards aren’t the only prizes in town. SLJ rounds up other children’s and young adult selection lists announced during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Teens Review “Loving vs. Virginia,” Amanda Hocking’s Latest, and More

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From historical fiction to fantasy, the genres in 2017’s first crop of teen-reviewed books run the gamut. The Kitsap YA Group doesn’t hold back on their thoughts about Jeff Giles’s The Edge of Everything, Patricia Hruby Powell’s Loving vs. Virginia, and more.

All the (Psychological) Feels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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It’s been an emotional time for many, and these rich reads, with their deep explorations of the psyche, are bound to resonate with teens.

“March: Book Three” Named Winner of the 2017 Walter Award

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We Need Diverse Books selected March: Book Three as the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, along with three honorees.

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.