July 20, 2017

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Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten; L.A. Times Book Awards Announced

The latest roundup of award news, grants, and more for librarians who serve teens.

Assorted Spring Loves | Adult Books 4 Teens

From a dark novel about an obsessive crush to a sci-fi thriller about two teens on the run who fall for each other, the latest offerings for teens represent genre diversity, but all center on love.

Teens Review “Rebel of the Sands” Sequel and More

In this last column by the Kitsap YA Group, the teens review the follow-up to Alwyn Hamilton’s fantasy adventure, a hard-hitting contemporary debut, and more.

Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith On Contemporary YA, Writing, and Winning the Lotto

Jenny Han, author of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, chats with Jennifer E. Smith about Windfall. The two contemporary YA authors and friends discuss their writing process, the state of YA romance, and what they would do if they won the lottery.

Teens Review Medieval Romances, Contemporary Fiction, and More

In their penultimate column for SLJ, the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group tackle loss, cellphone swaps, and suspenseful mysteries.

Answering the Call: Meg Rosoff on Finishing Mal Peet’s “Beck”

The award-winning author talks to SLJ about what is perhaps the biggest and most challenging project of her career: completing a novel begun by Mal Peet.

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Alexander, Christine Heppermann, and more.

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

What better way to celebrate April’s National Poetry Month than to incorporate these wonderful tech tools at teens’ disposal?

Growing Pains | Adult Books 4 Teens

From the heroine of a retelling of The Tempest to a typically awkward seventh grader, the protagonists of these coming-of-age novels all face the trials and tribulations of the coming-of-age process.

How To Start a Baking Club at the Library

Want to start a baking club at your library but not sure where to start? Teen librarian Lindsey Tomsu has you covered.

Teens Review Survival YA, Margaret Stohl’s Latest, and More

From a compelling tale set during Hurricane Katrina to contemporary novels about overcoming grief and reality TV, these new works inspire high praise from the Kitsap teen reviewers.

Check Out 8 New Graphic Novels for Teens

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights new graphic novels for young adults, including a “Superman” comic by Gene Luen Yang and an adaption of an Octavia Butler classic.

9 Refugee Stories for Kids and Teens

These nine titles—from picture books to YA—explore the many dangers, factors, and effects that refugees and immigrants face every day.

Katie Bayerl on Debut YA “A Psalm for Lost Girls”

SLJ chats with Katie Bayerl about her debut YA novel, which touches upon the complex themes of religion, mental health, and grief.

15 STEM Titles To Celebrate Women

A splendid mix of fiction and nonfiction female-centered STEM books for children and teens.

Free Audiobooks for Teens from SYNC, Starting April 27

For the eighth year, SYNC is offering a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older.

Catching Up: 30 Recent YA Series Entries

YA librarian Lindsey Tomsu rounds up recent YA series entries that teens won’t want to miss, from X-Files prequels to superhero sequels.

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Teens Review the Latest Ann Brashares and “Rebel of Sands” YA

From a tale of family drama by the author of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to the latest entry in the adventure and action series, these YA titles are just what the Kitsap YA reviewers ordered.

Familiar Faces: Adult Books 4 Teens’ Favorites

This week, we explore a motley crew of fan favorites, from Alex Award winners to a legendary editor and more.