July 20, 2017

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Jason Reynolds On “Miles Morales,” Spider-Man, and His Secret Superpower

SLJTeen Live! panelist Jason Reynolds talked with SLJ about superpowers, how he fleshed out the Afro-Puerto Rican webslinger’s backstory, and his favorite superhero.

Ibi Zoboi On Literacy and Her Work with Haitian American Teens

Debut author and SLJTeen Live! speaker Ibi Zoboi talks about her writing initiatives for teens in immigrant communities.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Genre-Bending Sci-fi and Fantasy

Today’s YA resists the traditional definitions of science fiction vs. fantasy. Cases in point: these “genre-bending” authors, whose works meld dystopian societies, magic, imagined empires, and alternate Earths.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Suspense and Horror

The hour-long Thrills and Chills panel delivered fresh insights from prominent YA horror and suspense authors, including Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species).

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Nonfiction for Teens

The “Stranger than Fiction: NF 4 Teens” panelists described the process of crafting their work and offered suggestions on how to motivate teens to seek out nonfiction.

SLJTeen Live! 2016 Keynotes: Maggie Stiefvater’s Hijinks and Meg Medina’s Librarian “Duende”

SLJ’s fifth annual virtual conference on all things teen and YA had a record 4,000-plus registered attendees, and featured author panels, PD sessions, and a charismatic pair of keynote speakers.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Panels on College Readiness; Snapchat; Instagram 101

Though teenagers’ needs may be more complex than ever, there are also plenty of tools available to make reaching those patrons easier, according to several panelists who spoke at SLJTeen Live.

Literacy Is Magic: Traci Chee on World-Building, Fantasy, and “The Reader”

SLJ caught up with debut YA fantasy author Traci Chee and talked about her path to publishing, the need for diversity in genre teen fiction, and her writing process.

Reyna Grande on Immigration and “The Distance Between Us”

A timely call for awareness and understanding. Reyna Grande on her upcoming young readers edition of her memoir The Distance Between Us.

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.

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

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

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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

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.

SLJTeen Live Keynoter Maggie Stiefvater on Finishing “The Raven Cycle”

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.

Authors Talk About the Teen Transgender Experience | SummerTeen 2015

Authors Susan Kuklin, Robin Talley, and Alex Gino spoke about transgender representation in books and the importance of making LGBTQ titles visible.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely | SLJ Review

REYNOLDS, Jason & Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. 320p. ebook available. S. & S. Bks. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481463331.

Gr 8 Up–Rashad Butler is a quiet, artistic teen who hates ROTC but dutifully attends because father insists “there’s no better opportunity for a black boy in this country than to join the army.” He heads to Jerry’s corner store on a Friday night to buy chips, and ends up the victim of unwarranted arrest and police brutality: an event […]

Jason Reynolds on Building Houses and Affirming Young Lives | SummerTeen 2015

The coauthor of “All American Boys” and 2015 SummerTeen keynoter describes how his family, music, and teen years shaped his outlook and ambitions as a writer. Watch a video of Reynolds’s speech.

Game on! Gaming at the Library | SummerTeen 2015

Looking to incorporate games in your library’s programming and collections? A panel of librarians shared ideas and best practices on the topic during the first ever teen services track of SLJ’s SummerTeen all-day virtual event on August 13.

Play-Based Learning for Teens, Via Board Games

The maker movement has shown the efficacy and potential for play-based learning at higher grade levels. Chris Harris posits that an incredibly successful way to implement play-based learning in K–12 content areas is through games.

Sisterhood, Body Image, and Sexual Abuse | Carol Lynch Williams on “Never Said”

SummerTeen speaker Carol Lynch Williams shares with SLJ what inspired her to write Never Said, her thoughts on body image, slut-shaming, and more.