October 22, 2016

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LGBTQ in Genre Fiction | SLJ Spotlight


While coming-out stories will always be necessary in teen lit, it’s refreshing to see that LGBTQ protagonists are taking center stage in mysteries, sci-fi, romance, and other genre fiction. These latest titles offer engaging narratives with nonheteronormative leads that all young adults will find fun to read.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | SLJ Review


BARDUGO, Leigh. Crooked Kingdom. 560p. ebook available. Holt. Sept. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781627792134.

Gr 7 Up –Teens will be excited to return to Bardugo’s marvelous world, first visited in her “Grisha Trilogy” and in this duology’s previous Six of Crows. They will be treated to a visit from old friends—the graceful (and deadly) Inej; Nina, the Grisha Heartrender; Wylan, the discarded, illiterate merchant’s son; and the mysterious and vengeful Kaz. Characters from the original trilogy (most notably Stormhund, […]

On the Road, Again: New YA Road Trip Novels | SLJ Spotlight


Nothing signifies “coming of age” as well as a road trip. And as the protagonists in these YA novels prove, the twists and turns of highways and inevitable vehicle malfunctions are part and parcel of this rite of passage. From an Odyssey-like journey to an artist’s struggle to forge her own identity in the Jim Crow South, the following works highlight the ups and downs of adolescence and the winding adventures of the road.

Tanita Davis’s Coming-of-Age Novels Hit the “Sweet Spot” Between MG and YA | Under the Covers

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Tanita Davis crafts multifaceted and diverse tween characters who deal with relatable issues.

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]

True Dystopia: Three New Wartime Novels for Tweens | The Upper Deck


These three recent historical novels about wartime survival should appeal to upper middle graders and teens.

March #ARCParty

March #ARCParty// It’s time for another #ARCParty, where The Teen, The Bestie and I share some of the latest ARCs we have received and I get a first hand look at what a couple of teens are thinking. Storify by TeenLibrarianToolbox Mon, Apr 04 2016 13:39:13 Edit March #ARCParty We’re going to look at some […]

Penguin Teen on Tour, DFW Stop

Penguin Teen on Tour, DFW Stop// On Tuesday, The Teen and I were able to catch the Penguin Teen on Tour stop at the Dallas Half-Price Books store. Authors on this stop included Alison Goodman (THE DARK DAYS CLUB), Sabaa Tahir (AN EMBER IN THE ASHES), Rachel Hawkins (The Rebel Belle series), April Genevieve Tucholke […]

13 New YA Books for Middle School Readers Coming Out This Month


A selection of great new titles to satisfy middle school readers who crave YA lit.

Blast to the Recent Past | SLJ Spotlight

HITCHCOCK, Bonnie-Sue. The Smell of Other People’s Houses

The following YA titles take place from the 1970s to the mid-aughts, each offering a glimpse of the recent past, and perhaps a little bit of hindsight.

Allons-y! A Time Lord’s Guide to Great “Doctor Who” Read-Alikes


Librarian Christopher Lassen presents a roundup of titles for tween and teen die-hard and soon-to-be Doctor Who fans.

Lockwood & Co.: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud | SLJ Review

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STROUD, Jonathan. The Hollow Boy. 400p. (Lockwood & Co.: Bk. 3). Disney-Hyperion. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484709689.

Gr 5-8-As in the previous volumes, The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014, both Disney-Hyperion), the latest escapades of Lockwood and Co., a ghost-hunting agency staffed by the crack team of Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, start with a hair-raising scene of murder, mayhem, and ghostly apparitions. Narrator Lucy finds herself on shaky ground as her ability to speak to ghosts grows ever more […]

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | SLJ Review


Rainbow Rowell’s latest YA is inspired by the fictional world of Simon Snow first introduced in Fangirl. So very meta.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan | SLJ Review


Get ready for long holds lists for Rick Riordan’s newest mythology inspired series.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Pick of the Day: Shadow and Bone (Audio)

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Fans of dark fantasy, adventure, suspense, and magic will enjoy Leigh Bardugo’s novel, Shadow and Bone. Narrator Amanda Dolan masterfully brings Alina’s world of magic and monsters to life. Be sure to read the starred review of the first audiobook in the author’s “Grisha Trilogy.”

Pick of the Day: Out of This Place (Audio)

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Three friends who want to leave high school and move on describe their anguish in Emma Cameron’s novel, Out of This Place, written in verse. Three narrators tell the story from alternating points of view. Read this starred review

‘Code Name Verity,’ ‘The Quick Fix’ Win Edgars


The Mystery Writers of America has named Code Name Verity and The Quick Fix winners of the youth 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television.

MWA Announces 2013 Edgar Awards Nominees


The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for its 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television from the previous year, in celebration of the 204th anniversary of Poe’s birth.