March 29, 2017

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Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Members of the La Vista (NE) Public Library A.J., Raoul, and Audi line up to try homemade chili mac.

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Teens Review Survival YA, Margaret Stohl’s Latest, and More

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From a compelling tale set during Hurricane Katrina to contemporary novels about overcoming grief and reality TV, these new works inspire high praise from the Kitsap teen reviewers.

Check Out 8 New Graphic Novels for Teens

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights new graphic novels for young adults, including a “Superman” comic by Gene Luen Yang and an adaption of an Octavia Butler classic.

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

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These nine titles—from picture books to YA—explore the many dangers, factors, and effects that refugees and immigrants face every day.

Katie Bayerl on Debut YA “A Psalm for Lost Girls”

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SLJ chats with Katie Bayerl about her debut YA novel, which touches upon the complex themes of religion, mental health, and grief.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

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A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Free Audiobooks for Teens from SYNC, Starting April 27

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For the eighth year, SYNC is offering a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older.

Catching Up: 30 Recent YA Series Entries

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YA librarian Lindsey Tomsu rounds up recent YA series entries that teens won’t want to miss, from X-Files prequels to superhero sequels.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teens Review the Latest Ann Brashares and “Rebel of Sands” YA

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From a tale of family drama by the author of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to the latest entry in the adventure and action series, these YA titles are just what the Kitsap YA reviewers ordered.

Familiar Faces: Adult Books 4 Teens’ Favorites

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This week, we explore a motley crew of fan favorites, from Alex Award winners to a legendary editor and more.

Tor Authors, Latinx Superheroine Take Manhattan

SLJ reviews manager Shelley Diaz with YA/comics author Gabby Rivera.

Gabby Rivera debuted the first issue of Mavel’s “America” comics at Midtown Comics’s downtown location in New York City. A group of Tor and Tor Teen authors gathered at the Flatiron Building to celebrate their recent fantasy titles.

Nikki Robertson Shares Tips for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week

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Librarian and instructional technology facilitator Nikki Robertson curates SLJ’s Teen Tech Week (March 5–11) Pinterest board.

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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 .