June 27, 2016

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Fifteen and Ready To Rule: Jazz Jennings on Her New Memoir “Being Jazz”

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Jazz Jennings, author, reality TV star, mermaid enthusiast, and teenager, speaks with SLJ about what inspires her and the importance of trans visibility and supporting LGBTQ teens.

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

Teens Promote Summer Reading Through Video Contest

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Looking for ways to entice teens to participate in summer reading? Reel them in with videos created by their peers for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.

Teens Review “Cure for the Common Universe” and More

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Gaming. Anorexia. The Manson Murders. There’s something for every kind of YA reader in this roundup by our teen reviewers.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing

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Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

Brooklyn Public Library Honors Teens with Inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Prize

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Brooklyn Public Library honored budding teen writers with top prizes for their inaugural Ned Vizzini Writing Contest on June 7.

36 Mature Reads for Older Teens

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As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”

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Since The Raven Boys, the YA author has had teens spellbound by the trials of Blue, her fatal curse, and the enigmatic boys at a local private school. Maggie Stiefvater chats about The Raven King and what’s next on the horizon.

“Gone Girl” Read-Alikes | Adult Books 4 Teens

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From a novel about a former cult member forced to face her dark past to a coming-of-age tale brimming with monsters and mayhem, the titles highlighted this month are exhilarating, nail-biting thrillers: perfect for teens looking for some edgy beach reading.

New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

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Participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read. The winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award was recently revealed. You’ll find these tidbits and more in SLJTeen’s news roundup.

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

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The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

“This One Summer” Restored to Henning, MN, School District Library, with Restrictions

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The award-winning graphic novel This One Summer has come under fire again, this time in Henning, MN.

Teens Review Kat Ellis’s “Breaker,” Steampunk, and More

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The young adults of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group assess a modern adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a historical work set during South Africa’s apartheid, and the sequel to Elizabeth May’s The Falconer.

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

Summer 2016 Graphic Novel Roundup: From Agatha Christie to “Star Trek”—and Beyond

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights upcoming graphic novels and manga titles that will keep teens reading during the summer months.

SPONSORED: Join Macmillan Library (Booth # 1958-1959) @ BEA 2016

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Join Macmillan Library at BookExpo America in Chicago.

Teens Review Matthew Quick’s Latest, “Peter Pan” Reimagined, and More

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The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews summer thrillers, an ode to social media, and Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing.

Apply for AASL Inspire Grants; ALAN Grants for Librarians Announced | SLJ Teen News

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The American Association of School Librarians invites school librarians to apply for two new grants. The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents has two new awards that may be of interest to librarians working with teens.

Audiobooks and the Summer Reading Push | Tech Tidbits

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Audiobooks are just what teens need to combat the summer slide. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares the top free resources to offer over the break.