December 7, 2016

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera | SLJ Review

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SILVERA, Adam. History Is All You Left Me. 320p. ebook available. Soho Teen. Jan. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781616956929. POP

Gr 10 Up –No one understands what Griffin is going through after Theo, his ex and the love of his life, dies. No one, perhaps, except Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. In a narrative that alternates between past and present, Silvera offers a gem of a story about first love and great loss. Griffin’s voice is strong and affecting, and […]

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh | SLJ Review

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OH, Ellen, ed. Flying Lessons & Other Stories. 240p. Crown. Jan. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101934593.

Gr 4-6 –This anthology, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, presents 10 short stories from a stellar list of authors: Kwame Alexander, Matt de la Peña, Jacqueline Woodson, Soman Chainani, Grace Lin, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Federle, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, and Kelly Baptist. De la Peña’s linguistically grooving basketball story will have readers swaying in their seats. Verbal roadblocks are […]

Teens Review New Historical Fiction, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new titles, including Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen | SLJ Review

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NIELSEN, Susin. Optimists Die First. 240p. ebook available. Random/ Wendy Lamb Bks. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553496901.

Gr 9 Up –Vancouver teenager Petula de Wilde is aware that her personality is the very opposite of her last name. Since her sister died two years earlier, Petula constantly washes her hands, avoids construction sites (lest she get killed by falling stray metal), and scours the Internet for articles on random and accidental deaths to add to her scrapbook. She […]

Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith | SLJ Review

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BRAXTON-SMITH, Ananda. Merrow. 240p. ebook available. Candlewick. Nov. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763679248.

Gr 8 Up –Twelve-year-old Neen has heard the stories the people of Carrick tell: “Her Pa was a drinker who’d killed Mam by mistake.” “Pa married a merrow—a mermaid—and Mam went after him and drowned.” “Mam lost her mind after Pa died and walked the island until she was nothing but a skeleton.” But Neen believes none of these. The only tales she’ll listen to are […]

LGBTQ in Genre Fiction | SLJ Spotlight

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Blast to the Recent Past | SLJ Spotlight

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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

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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

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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

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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.