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November 24, 2014

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Can You Hear Me Now? The Missing SummerTeen Chris Lynch Interview

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The technology gods were not on Chris Lynch’s side on July 24, when he was scheduled to appear on a panel with Kwame Alexander discussing their sports genre YA titles. SLJTeen has been able to procure a few snippets from SLJ reviews editor Kiera Parrott, who moderated the sports session. To read the full interview, please visit the sports panel archive in the SummerTeen auditorium.

SummerTeen 2014 Authors Hit the Mark with New Releases │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Like No Other

SLJ’s SummerTeen 2014 is nearly upon us. This free event on July 24 features some of the best YA authors―up close and personal. Check out the latest releases from the featured guests. Resources for the selected titles are included in this column’s award-winning LiveBinder.

Q & A with Matthew Quick, Author of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

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SLJ catches up with Matthew Quick, author of the page-to-screen hit The Silver Linings Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Teens Review ‘The Burnouts’, ‘Like No Other’, and ‘Illusive’

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Two of the three titles reviewed by teens in this column are written by authors being featured on SummerTeen 2014—Una LaMarche and Lex Thomas. Register now to see all of them live on camera, on July 24.

Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ to Be Released in Theaters This August

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YA author Gayle Forman has a big summer coming up, keynoting the upcoming SLJ SummerTeen free virtual event on July 24 and awaiting the release of the page-to-screen adaptation of her 2009 hit novel If I Stay.

Embracing Diversity in YA Lit

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From social media to publishing industry-led initiatives, the call for diversity in children’s and young adult literature has steadily grown into a loud roar in the past months. As part of School Library Journal’s SummerTeen virtual conference, the “Embracing Diversity” panel featuring Karen Arthurton, Jonathan Friesen, James Klise, and Amanda Sun, led to a lively and ongoing conversation about the importance of not only publishing books for kids by and about diverse people, but also getting them in the hands of readers. SLJ spoke to industry professionals who are raising awareness on the need for different perspectives in young adult books, and compiled a list of resources to find these titles.

Tamora Pierce’s Fantasy Novel Picks | SLJ SummerTeen

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Acclaimed young adult fantasy author Tamora Pierce headlined SLJ’s SummerTeen online event on July 24, and shared her love for libraries and books during the conference’s opening keynote. The 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award-winner regaled the virtual audience of librarians and teens via webcam with a presentation about her writing process, her inspirations, and other fantasy novels and writers that readers should be adding to their to-be-read piles. The following is a list of the titles that were cited in Pierce’s talk.

SummerTeen tomorrow!

SummerTeen tomorrow!

Just a reminder about SummerTeen tomorrow!   The line up is at the SLJ SummerTeen website. I will be moderating the Historical Fantasy panel. Deb Noyes, Plague in the Mirror (Candlewick) (My review) Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph (HMH) (My review of Grave Mercy, the first book in this series, and Dark Triumph) Elizabeth Wein, The Winter [...]

SummerTeen

Don’t forget to sign up for SLJ’s SummerTeen! It’s July 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm EST.   Last year, I attended this virtual, online event and let me tell you, it’s fun to be able to participate online. No travel! No security checks! No living out of a suitcase! The line up is at [...]

World Builder: Edwards Winner Tamora Pierce

Photo by Michael J. Okoniewski /Getty Images for SLJ.

The creator of elaborate, fiery fantasies with“kick-butt” female protagonists talks with SLJ about her award-winning work.

SLJ SummerTeen: Classic Twists

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Teens no longer have to moan when they’re assigned Shakespeare and Dickens, thanks in part to a group of YA authors who’ve revamped and modernized works by such classic authors, making them far more accessible to students than ever before.

Gareth Hinds, Marissa Meyer, and Sean Michael Wilson were among the speakers participating on the “Classic Twists” panel during SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual conference on August 9, sharing their views on writing adaptations for young adults.

SLJ SummerTeen: Who Will Mend This Broken Heart?

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Why can’t teens get enough of romance novels? Because they fill readers with much needed hope and guidance, say a group of YA authors speaking on the August 9 SLJ online event SummerTeen panel, “Who Will Mend This Broken Heart?”

SLJ’s SummerTeen: The Rockin’ Women of YA

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Maggie Stiefvater, A.S. King, and other YA authors came together August 9 to talk about possible sequels to their novels, the role of social media in their lives, and their different approaches to writing series.

SLJ SummerTeen 2012: Keynote Speaker Caroline Cooney

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Caroline Cooney fans will be pleased to know that the YA author has finished her fifth “Janie” book—a short story called Janie Face to Face.

“I can’t tell you how astonishing it is to me that I have written five books about this girl and this boy, about their families and their friends, who do not exist in real life, but are so large in my heart and my history,” says Cooney, the keynote speaker at Thursday’s SLJ SummerTeen, a daylong online event featuring the hottest names in YA lit. “The fifth book poured out, as if I had known all along what really happened to Janie Johnson and [her boyfriend] Reeve Shields.”

SLJ’s SummerTeen Speaker: Maggie Stiefvater

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Waitress, calligraphy instructor, and technical editor are just some of the jobs Maggie Stiefvater had before becoming a writer. Now the New York Times bestselling author is busy working on the sequel to The Raven Boys, the first in a four-book series. Stiefvater is a is a guest speaker at SLJ‘s August 9 online event, SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books.

SLJ SummerTeen Speaker: Marissa Meyer

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Meyer is a is a guest speaker at SLJ‘s August 9 online event, SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books.

SLJ’s SummerTeen Speaker: Katie Kacvinsky

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Kacvinsky is a is a guest speaker at SLJ‘s August 9 online event, SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books.

SLJ’s SummerTeen Speaker: Julie Kagawa

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A New York Times and internationally bestselling author of “The Iron Fey” series, Julie Kagawa is a is a guest speaker at SLJ’s August 9 online event, SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books.

SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books

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EVENT TIME: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 10:30 AM-5:30 PM ET

Join School Library Journal and SLJTeen for SummerTeen: A Celebration of Young Adult Books and take your summer reading to new heights! Be the first to find out about the hottest upcoming titles, and attend panels on romance, science fiction, classics and more with YA’s coolest authors.

SLJ SummerTeen Author Interviews

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We’ve been talking to the great authors who will be part of our SummerTeen virtual event on August 9. Read on if you missed a few or just want to review as you get prepped for this summer author-palooza! Registration is still open.