November 19, 2017

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SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Updated: Hearing for LGBTQ-Themed Books Challenged 52 Times

The Hood County (TX) Commissioners’ Court will host a hearing regarding “My Princess Boy” by Cheryl Kilodavis and “This Day in June” by Gayle Pitman, despite a Texas public library director’s decision to keep them in its collection following patron challenges.

Between Violence and Tenderness: Aristotle and Dante Author Sáenz Talks to SLJ

Monday was a very good day for Benjamin Alire Sáenz. His sensitive young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, was named for three Youth Media Awards, distinctions that left him both stunned and grateful. SLJ caught up with Sáenz for a revealing chat about his reaction to the YMA wins, his personal inspirations for the book, his writing process, and his next YA project.

SLJ Staff Picks Contenders for “Other” Youth Media Awards

With the Youth Media Awards just a few days away, School Library Journal editors and contributors took a stab at naming some possible contenders.