March 30, 2017

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Showcasing Marginalized Voices | Adult Books 4 Teens

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Now more than ever in America, young girls, people of color, and LGBTQ people need stories relevant to their lives. The following titles highlight these voices.

In the Margins Book Committee Announces Winners for 2017

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Now in its fourth year, the In the Margins selection committee has released its full list of 2017 winners. The group identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional venues in the margins.

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

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After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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The Youth Media Awards aren’t the only prizes in town. SLJ rounds up other children’s and young adult selection lists announced during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Teens Review “Loving vs. Virginia,” Amanda Hocking’s Latest, and More

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From historical fiction to fantasy, the genres in 2017’s first crop of teen-reviewed books run the gamut. The Kitsap YA Group doesn’t hold back on their thoughts about Jeff Giles’s The Edge of Everything, Patricia Hruby Powell’s Loving vs. Virginia, and more.

All the (Psychological) Feels | Adult Books 4 Teens

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It’s been an emotional time for many, and these rich reads, with their deep explorations of the psyche, are bound to resonate with teens.

“March: Book Three” Named Winner of the 2017 Walter Award

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We Need Diverse Books selected March: Book Three as the winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award, along with three honorees.

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

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These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

“Playing Puzzle Master”: Adam Silvera on Complex Narratives, Diversity, and More

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Silvera spoke with SLJ about the need for diversity in YA literature and the challenges of penning a novel that successfully incorporates utter joy and emotional devastation.

Snapchatting “The Odyssey”: An Epic Success

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A librarian-teacher team figure out how to get a group of reluctant learners excited about a required project on Homer’s epic poem: Snapchat.

Outside the Frame | New YA Fiction About Teen Artists

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In these recent titles, the world is a canvas for teen artists.

From Memphis into Mississippi | Ann Bausum on James Meredith’s Historic March

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Multi-award-winning author Ann Bausum discusses her latest work of nonfiction The March Against Fear.

Tying Up Loose Ends | Adult Books 4 Teens

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After a few months absence, the Adult Books 4 Teens column returns, with historical fiction from Cat Winters, science fiction/horror from Jay Kristoff, and an investigation of the case at the center of the podcast Serial.

Teens Review “Dreamland Burning,” New Fantasy, and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new thrillers and fantasy titles and Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning, among other recent releases.

Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

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Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

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Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

Teens Creating Change, Past and Present

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A bevy of titles about activists and activism for young people.

The Wild World of Gaming | Dustin Hansen on “Game On!”

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“Games create problem solvers.” Hansen on the importance of video games in learning environments.

Teens Review “The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily,” “Holding Up the Universe,” and More

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SLJ‘s teen reviewers cover Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe, and more.

Celebrate Banned Books Week with Nonfiction

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What do revered authors Maya Angelou, Alison Bechdel, and Marjane Satrapi have in common?