November 30, 2015

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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.

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.

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.

Strike Up the Band | M.T. Anderson and the Story Behind the Leningrad Symphony


SLJ chats with M.T. Anderson, SummerTeen speaker, about his first work of narrative nonfiction, Symphony for the City of the Dead, and the power of music to change lives and make history.

#LoveOzYA, Romance, and Hijinks: Fiona Wood on “Six Impossible Things”

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SLJ caught up with SummerTeen speaker and Australian YA author Fiona Wood to discuss what inspired her to write her upcoming Six Impossible Things, why romance is such a staple in YA lit, and more.

The Epicenter of Geek Culture: Planning a “Con” at the Library

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Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.

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’

The Burnouts

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


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 […]


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

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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?


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


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


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.”