August 17, 2017

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36 Mature Reads for Older Teens

As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

Sexual Violence in YA Lit | SLJ Spotlight

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Share these recently reviewed YA titles and resources with teen readers.

Refreshing Reissues | A Roundup of Back-in-Print Titles and Special Anniversary Editions

The book review editors curate a list of recently reissued classics, back-in-print titles, and special anniversary editions, perfect for refreshing well loved, dog-eared copies.

Zombie Fiction, Bone-Chilling Horror, and Genre-Defying Dystopians | YA Series Update

YA librarian and Library Journal Mover and Shaker Lindsey Tomsu curates a roundup of the latest installments of popular YA series. Among the highlighted choices are romance, sci-fi, dystopian, mystery, horror, and fantasy selections that teens won’t want to miss.

SLJ Reviews of 2016 Youth Media Award–Winning and Honor Books

The winners are in, and once again, SLJ predicted many of the top Youth Media Award winners and honor books. Check out the reviews of all the winning and honor books.

Poignant Intros to Immigration and Transgender Issues | SLJ Sneak Peek

Jairo Buitrago’s spare picture book presents a gentle portrayal of a family’s struggles with immigration. Alex Gino’s middle grade novel sensitively depicts George’s desire to identify as a girl even though her family and friends see her as a boy. Check out these advance reviews and more in this sneak peek of titles reviewed in SLJ’s July 2015 issue.

New Titles from Douglas Florian, Courtney Summers, & Phillip Hoose | SLJ Sneak Peek

A zany send-up to Star Wars and a fanciful dragon tale are some of the kid-friendly picture books featured in SLJ‘s May 2015 issue. And important titles from heavy hitters Phillip Hoose and Courtney Summers are just some of the works for older readers highlighted. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

New Titles by Molly Idle, William Joyce, & Steve Jenkins | SLJ Sneak Peek

New picture books by Molly Idle and William Joyce; a middle grade superhero tale by James Patterson; a picture book biography about New Orleans musician, Trombone Shorty; and more. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the upcoming April issue.

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.

Much-Anticipated Sequels and the Latest from Avi, Suma, and Wein | SLJ Sneak Peek

From the new “Penderwicks” novel to the sequel to E.K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen, the titles featured in SLJ’s March issue will delight fans and create new ones. Check out the latest sneak peek of reviews appearing in the next print issue.

Girl Power, High Fantasy, and Unconventional Lit | What’s Hot in YA

Highly illustrated novels, out-of-the-ordinary narratives, and titles with female leads and fascinating world-building are just some of the YA books that are on SLJ editors’ radar. See what else is trending in teen lit.

A Bevy of Books for Gift-giving | SLJ Sneak Peek

From a galazy far, far away to a pop-up misadventure, this month’s sneak peek of January 2015 reviews features great last-minute gift ideas and new titles to add to your TBR pile.

Upcoming Diverse Titles, Light Romance, and Magical Realism | What’s Hot in YA

As we close 2014, it’s heartening to see that the new year will be filled with novels featuring diverse teens, fanciful plotlines, and lots of romance. From Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst and Jennifer Niven’sAll the Bright Places to Stacy Lee’s Under the Painted Sky and Cindy Rodriguez’s , young adult fans will have lots to look forward to in 2015.

LGBTQ Fiction, Reimagined Fairy Tales, & Horror | What’s Hot in YA

From an anthology of writings by LGBTQ teens to R.L Stine’s newest entry in the “Fear Street” saga, the latest books for teens are sure to pique readers’ interest and keep them coming back for more.

Hot New Titles by Angleberger, Stiefvater, and Yancey | SLJ Sneak Peek

SLJ editors offer a preview of several hot titles reviewed in the upcoming November issue, including Tom Angleberger’s latest laugh-out-loud entry in the “Origami Yoda” series and Barry Lyga’s thrilling and blood-drenched conclusion to the “I Hunt Killers” trilogy.

Hollywood Starlets, Charming Con Men, & Lethal Assassins | What’s Hot in YA

From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.

Introducing SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek: A First Look at Hot Titles

Welcome to the inaugural SLJ Reviews Sneak Peek, a monthly web-exclusive feature that will showcase reviews for highly anticipated books in advance of our upcoming print issue.

Fabulous Debuts, Dark Fantasies, and Haunting Tales | What’s Hot in YA

Annie Cardi and Dawn O’Porter’s debut novels deal with tough stuff and Brenna Yovanoff and Cat Winters return with spooky works that are sure to give teens nightmares. From surreal fiction to pulled-from-the-headlines nonfiction, the following titles will hook young adults and have them asking for more.

Novels in Verse, Literary Street Lit, and High-Interest Nonfiction | What’s Hot in YA

Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down about a black teen who is shot by a white man, is especially timely with recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and just the right title for young adults grappling with streaming headlines. And, a new book from the queen of verse novels, Ellen Hopkins, will entice fans of the format. The following fiction and nonfiction titles for teens will be perfect for late-summer reading and back-to-school shelf-browsing.