July 26, 2016

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Neal Bascomb on “Sabotage” and the Norwegian Fight Against the Nazis

SLJTeen Live panelist Neal Bascomb discusses his research process, inspiration, and the best part of writing Sabatoge, about a riveting moment in World War II history.

Teens Review Twisty Plots and Summer Romances

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From a murderous plot to a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail, the latest books covered by the Kitsap YA group are titles perfect for reading by the poolside or on much-needed beach days.

Topics and Resources for the 2016 Summer Olympics | Tech Tidbits

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The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be all anyone’s talking about. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares some tools and resources that librarians should have at the ready.

Prolific YA Author Eileen Cook Opens Up About “With Malice”

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The SLJTeen Live panelist chats with SLJ about what inspires her as an author and her latest thriller, With Malice.

The Perils of Love | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Teens will appreciate this genre- and format-spanning assortment of tales about love gone wrong; included are Daniel Clowes’s romantic time-traveling adventure, a thriller about Mata Hari, and Rebecca Traister’s astute feminism perspective on marriage and relationships.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

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Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Melissa Grey’s “The Shadow Hour,” the Latest Sci-Fi, and More | YA Series Update

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The following are some of the latest installments in recommended YA series, including some interesting takes on sci-fi, a little bit of romance, and one series that defies explanation and that teens won’t want to miss.

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David Levithan’s Edwards Award Speech, Free Art Resources, and More | SLJTeen News

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This month’s SLJTeen News roundup features David Levithan’s heartfelt Margaret A. Edwards Award acceptance speech, Tim Tingle’s remarks on receiving the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and more

Growing Up Under the “Strain of Suspicion” | Marina Budhos’s “Watched”

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Marina Budhos’s new book explores the impact surveillance has on a Muslim teen, his family, and his community.

Librarian Creates #BlackLivesMatter Booklist for Teens

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Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian at Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #blacklivesmatter booklist for teens.

Teens Review Kody Keplinger’s “Run,” Suspense, and More

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SLJ’s teen reviewers tackle suspense novels, Kody Keplinger’s latest, and a fantasy set in Russia.

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.