Librarian and blogger Liz Burns shares an inside look at YA author Adele Griffin’s format-bending faux biography of a teen artist, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone.
Cammie McGovern aims to fill a gap in young adult literature with Say What You Will—featuring complicated, fleshed out characters with disabilities who live, fall in love, and make mistakes just like anyone else. She talks with SLJ about her inspiration for the novel, diversity in YA lit, and what she’s working on next.
Looking for a John Green readalike? Search no further than Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost. Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s eerie novel set in Barcelona will entice and haunt teens. And if you thought the dystopian and paranormal novels have worn out their welcome—Michelle Krys, Catherine Linka, and Kelsey Foster bring fresh takes to the tried-and-true genres. The following young adult, nonfiction, and crossover titles will grab reluctant and avid readers alike.
Survival camp, a witness protection program, superheroes, and Tourette Syndrome are all part of this JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen this issue. In addition to being great stories, the characters in each title are diverse and boys of color get a long overdue spotlight on the good side.
The following titles–from Justin Somper’s first foray into YA lit and Danielle Paige’s wicked Dorothy Must Die to Sally Green’s witchy Half Bad and E. Lockhart’s much-anticipated We Were Liars– offer teens a plethora of attention-worthy narratives.
Whether a paranormal romance aficionado or a dystopian or postapocalyptic fiction completist, teen readers can slake their hunger for series fiction with the following picks.
This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Though R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike may be our quickest associations with teen screams, horror encompasses a wide array of books. Teen librarian and blogger Kelly Jensen highlights the latest titles in teen fiction that are bound to give readers nightmares.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.