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October 23, 2014

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Hollywood Starlets, Charming Con Men, & Lethal Assassins | What’s Hot in YA

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From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.

Relevancy Trumps All for Reluctant Readers | YA Underground

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Juvenile services librarian Amy Cheney posits that the winning recipe for books that entice reluctant readers includes a great cover, lots of action (real action!), relevancy, and an easy to read page layout.

The Indispensable Library and Librarian | Tech Tidbits

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Don’t ever doubt it—librarians are in a service industry. By focusing on our unique patron needs and demographics, libraries will continue to be relevant in their schools and communities.

Win Funds for Author Visits; Jasper Fforde Giveaway; Gale Boosts STEM Resources | SLJTeen News

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Fund an author visit with help from the Maureen Hayes Award, win a set of Jasper Fforde titles, and discover a new source of STEM materials for students.

Sponsored Content: Coming-of-Age Adult Books with YA Appeal and Male Protagonists

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Thanks to Farrar, Straus & Giroux’s adult division, this season Macmillan Library is all about boys and their adventures in growing up.

Teens Review War Books: Mythological, Historical, and Emotional

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Teens often feel like they are misunderstood and at war with the rest of the world. These fiction titles will give them some strategies for coping on and off the battlefield of adolescence.

Debut Author Marie-Helene Bertino Dishes the Writing Dirt with SLJTeen

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SLJ caught up with debut author Marie-Helene Bertino to discuss her 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas, a multigenerational story perfect for mother/daughter book clubs.

Go to the Head of the Class: College Readiness Programming at the Library

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Young adult librarian Elise Sheppard of Lone Star College-Cyfair Branch Library spearheaded an initiative to offer college readiness programs and give high schoolers a leg up before they get on campus.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; “My Library Story” Campaign from Gale | SLJTeen News

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The latest grants, contests, and news bites for librarians working with teens, including a way to boost summer reading programs with help from YALSA and Dollar General, and a library awareness campaign from Gale.

Magic and Mayhem: New Tales of the Supernatural | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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Looking for some creepy reads to fluff up the Halloween reading display? These titles with a supernatural bent will pull in your teen readers with great covers, and terrific stories.

SLJTeen Talks with YA Debut Team, Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

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Readers may recognize Suzanne Brockmann’s name as the NYT bestselling author of over 50 books for adults. She’s teamed up with daughter Melanie to write their first young adult series, starting with Night Sky.

Sponsored Content: ‘All the Rage’ Advance Reader’s Copies Available Now

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Fans of raw and realistic teen fiction will want to get in line for Courtney Summers’ latest from Macmillan, All the Rage, which deals with themes of sexual violence, bullying, and the culture of shame.

The Big Screen’s ‘Dear White People’ and a Roundup of Not-to-Miss YA Novels

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Dear White People, written and directed by Justin Simien, takes a satirical look at race relations in America. Be prepared for the October 17 premiere with a selection of books for teens that deal with intolerance, civil rights, and racism.

Teens Review A.S. King’s Latest; Books with Physics, Ghosts, and Hollywood

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From feminism to physics, horror to Hollywood, there’s no lack of variety in YA publishing these days.

Sponsored Content: Get Your FREE FROSTFIRE Advance Readers’ Copy Today!

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Amanda Hocking made headlines when her self-published Trylle trilogy sold millions of e-copies. And she’s back in the news with a YA series featuring Bryn Aven, an outcast from a powerful troll tribe who also happens to be having an “office” romance and is on to a scheme to kidnap changelings.

Fabulous Debuts, Dark Fantasies, and Haunting Tales | What’s Hot in YA

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Annie Cardi and Dawn O’Porter’s debut novels deal with tough stuff and Brenna Yovanoff and Cat Winters return with spooky works that are sure to give teens nightmares. From surreal fiction to pulled-from-the-headlines nonfiction, the following titles will hook young adults and have them asking for more.

Graphic Novel Resources; Collection Development Grant; Green Cooking for Teens | SLJTeen News

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Apply for a $5,000 YA collection development grant to purchase the graphic novel resources our Good Comics for Kids bloggers have gathered. Check out the latest roundup of teen services news bites.

SLJTeen Speaks with the Wizard of Kazam, Jasper Fforde

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How does Jasper Fforde come up with the magnificent characters, creatures, and settings in his “Chronicles of Kazam” series? He relies on “stuff—the exciting smorgasbord of weird stuff that happens to us, around us, and in us.”

Librarians Changing Instruction in the Classroom with a 1:1 Environment

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Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado, is about to embark on a 1:1 device environment. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares insights and goals for the year ahead and how he and his staff will be an integral part of the transition.

Teens Review ‘Second Thoughts’, ‘The Spiritglass Charade’, and ‘Of Scars and Stardust’

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There’s no sign of series fiction for young adults fading away, and as librarians, we know that getting teens hooked into a series is a sure way to guarantee we’ll see them again soon. Teen reviewers tackle the second installments of series by Colleen Gleason and Cara Bertrand and a debut novel by Andrea Hannah.