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July 31, 2015

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Eisner Grant-Winning Library Will Use Graphic Novels to Explore Community

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Valerie Acklin, teen services librarian at the Bellmore (NY) Memorial Library, will launch a program exploring local community experience through graphic novels—and will have patrons of all ages create their own comics.

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Six Eclectic Debut Novels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books 4 Teens features six debut novels for adults with teen appeal—with an emphasis on “novels,” since all of these first-time novelists have already established themselves in other forms or writing. These offerings range from a “Stephanie Plum” series read-alike by a Hollywood screenwriter to literary postapocalyptic titles.

Librarians Tackle Body Shaming via “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr

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On June 1, Faythe Arredondo, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Kelly Jensen, and Angie Manfredi, four bloggers, readers, and (mostly) librarians launched the “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr examining “fatness, fatphobia, body shaming, body policing, body objectification, and all other things relating to size and body acceptance in YA literature.”

Grants Available for Book Clubs Serving At-Risk Teens; 2015 Thriller Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

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Up to 50 grants will be awarded to libraries working with at-risk teens to create a reading and discussion program called Great Stories Club. The winners of the 2015 Thriller Awards were revealed. These news tidbits and more in this week’s SLJTeen news roundup.

Hot YA Titles for Beach Reading

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From a summer romance to a vicious motorcycle race and a camp that’s just a bit unusual to a mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end, the following titles are just what teens need to finish off the last weeks of summer.

Teens Review a Western, Sci-Fi, and a “Maze Runner” Read-Alike

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The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group are knee-deep in summer reading. They cover the gamut of genres in this column—from sci-fi to romance.

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

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SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

The Thrilling Possibilities of AI and YA Sci-Fi: Mark Alpert on “The Six”

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Mark Alpert, contributing editor at Scientific American, explores the definition of humanity, the cost and benefits of scientific research, and teen angst in his debut YA novel, The Six.

Role-Playing Teens Learn About Victorian History and Class

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A high school librarian engages freshman in role play while researching the Victorian Era—complete with hoop skirts, washboards, silver polish, and cooking assignments.

Teens Review David Levithan’s “Another Day,” an Interracial Romance, and More

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The members of the Kitsap Young Adult Group have dived into summer reading in full force. Check out their thoughts on David Levithan’s sequel to Every Day and upcoming horror and realistic fiction titles.

Grants for Making; 2015 Int’l Latino Book Awards Announced | SLJTeen News

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Kids can apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by August 10. The International Latino Book Awards honored 246 artists and book creators during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 27. Penguin and Listening Library present LGBTQ audiobook resources; and more industry news.

The Much-Maligned Ty Cobb: A New Biography for Sports Fans | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Adult Books for Teens columnist Mark Flowers compares two recent biographies on the notorious baseball player, one of which has lots of appeal for teen readers.

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Teaching With the #CharlestonSyllabus

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Librarians and teachers across the country are planning to use the #CharlestonSyllabus in classes this fall and will refer to it when purchasing future books.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

Q&A: Urban Fantasy Counter-Narrative: Daniel José Older on “Shadowshaper”

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SLJ caught up with Older and discussed the topics of race, mythologies, and community, as well as the borough of Brooklyn, in his first novel for young people.

Magical Thinking in the Real World: YA Lit at SLJ’s Day of Dialog 2015

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A panel of acclaimed and debut authors—including A.S. King, Patrick Ness, and Allan Stratton—discussed the things that inspired them to create their latest YA novels, all of which blur the line between reality and fantasy.

Manga 101

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A manga primer that will turn you into an otaku (fan), with suggested titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Skokie Library Tackles Race

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The Skokie (IL) Public Library’s involvement in a four-month community program, Voices of Race, included events for children and adults, a participatory exhibit, talking points for meaningful dialogue, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.