September 17, 2017

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2017 Flame Con Celebrates Queer Heroes and Representation in YA Lit

Year three of the increasingly popular Flame Con, known colloquially as “queer Comic Con,” offered an excellent array of programming at the bustling New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge from August 19–20.

23 YA and Middle Grade Books To Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles from such stellar talents as Daniel José Older and Margarita Engle. And, as a bonus, professional reading picks for those serving Latinx communities.

Physics, Fears, & Female Empowerment | Adult Books 4 Teens

Tempt teens with a memoir from award-winning actress Gabourey Sidibe, a primer on feminism, and a peppy look at the universe and dark matter.

Erika L. Sánchez On Unlikable WOC Protagonists and “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Sánchez, who will be featured at SLJ’s first-ever Day of Dialog Brooklyn on Friday, September 15, talks about her path to publication, feminism, and why characters of color should be allowed to mess up just like anyone else.

One Last Summer Trip | Adult Books 4 Teens

Pack your bags! The latest crop of can’t-miss Adult Books 4 Teens take readers everywhere from rural Idaho to small-town England to 1950s Appalachia.

YA Lit or New Adult? Six Titles for Older Teens | SLJ Spotlight

Six sophisticated titles for teens that explore life beyond high school.

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2017 SLJTeen Live! Tackles Social Justice, YA Lit, and Coding

SLJ’s sixth annual virtual conference on all things teen took place on August 9, 2017. The archive and Storify for the free, all-day event is now available.

Librarians Vote for the Top 100 Must-Have YA

The results are in! Almost 300 librarians weighed on SLJ’s Top 100 Must-Have YA poll. Download a PDF of the full list.

42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library

SLJ editors have chosen the following 42 works as must-have diverse YA titles for every teen librarian’s collection.

Rocky Roads: 8 Coming-of-Age Tales | Adult Books 4 Teens

These recent titles about young people maturing provide fresh takes on well-known narratives, from a heartfelt novel about a thirtysomething developing a sense of self to a memoir about a young man who trekked across the United States.

5 Tips for Makers on a Budget from a Teen Librarian

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger and SLJTeen Live! panelist Karen Jensen shares some ideas and resources for low-budget maker spaces.

Reshma Saujani On Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

The CEO of Girls Who Code, and SLJTeen Live! closing keynoter, speaks to SLJ about her latest and upcoming projects.

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YA: Quirky Romance, Tough Decisions, & a Timely “Tick Tock Man” | August 2017 Xpress Reviews

This month’s YA web-only reviews feature a new voice in gritty contemporary fiction, a teenage spin on Yoruba folklore, the psychological push-pull of social media mind games, and more.

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Chris Russell On Boy Bands, YA Lit, and “Songs About a Girl”

From London, Russell spoke to SLJ about how he came to write YA (he’s in the band The Lightyears) and the period he spent writing gossip updates for a One Direction fan site.

How To Plan, Market, and Execute a Successful Book Festival for Youth

North Texas Teen Book Festival cofounder Dr. Rose Brock and SLJTeen Live! speaker offers how-to advice on developing a youth-centered event.

Werewolves, Zombies, Space Operas, & Gaslamp Fantasies | Adult Books 4 Teens

This week’s column offers a rich mix of sci-fi and fantasy, from a gripping tale about nuns trained in the deadly arts to a novel that blends elements of Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.

Amy Lukavics On Her Latest YA Horror “The Ravenous”

Lukavics spins a tale of sisterhood and cannibalism sure to send chills up readers’ spines.

10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.

Global Tales of War, Family, and Identity | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers takes readers on a journey around the world, highlighting books set in India, Sweden, South Africa, and other locations.

Adele Griffin On Creating a Beach Read That Boils with Tension

Adele Griffin offers insights into Be True to Me, a dark summer read that centers on an unforgettable love triangle.