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August 26, 2015

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Ghost Stories That Aren’t: Moïra Fowley-Doyle on “The Accident Season”

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Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle chats with SLJ about her haunting YA debut, The Accident Season.

“Paper Towns” and Other Epic Road Trip Titles in YA Lit

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As buzz builds for the film adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, check out the following selections, all of which feature summertime journeys and epic odysseys.

Hard Corners of Life: Debut YA Author Adam Silvera on “More Happy Than Not”

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SLJ chats with former bookseller Adam Silvera about what inspired him to write this genre-bending YA novel, struggles with identity, and teens’ capacity for happiness.

It’s Not All Death, Dystopia, and Disaster: YA Novels to Tickle the Funny Bone

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Filled with memorable characters and laugh-out-loud moments, these entertaining tales of friendship, love, and self-discovery explore coming-of-age themes with spot-on insight and large doses of humor.

Oneworld to Launch U.S. YA Imprint in July

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The UK publisher Oneworld Publications will officially launch its young adult and children’s imprint, Rock the Boat, on June 2 in the UK and July 14 in the United States. The publisher’s first U.S. title, written for a middle school audience, is Minus Me by Norwegian bestselling YA author Ingelin Røssland.

Courtship, Corsages, and Kisses—It’s Prom!

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One of the last big moments in many teens’ high school careers, the prom still reigns supreme in YA teen lit. Each of these recent titles gives this classic ritual a creative treatment, from an interstellar space adventure to a morbidly funny thriller.

Priorities, or An Embarrassment of Riches

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So sorry I was incapacitated on Monday and didn’t get to post my usual Middle Grade Monday! I hope you can forgive me. I’ve recently come to the realization that, although my Mother generously gave me a bookcase last year, I still have stacks of books around my house. They’re decorative! But, seriously, I’ve had […]

Teens Review a Steampunk Sequel, a “Gone Girl”–Like YA, and More

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Paranormal romances don’t seem to be waning, and a realistic fiction title was received quite differently by two young critics. The young adult reviewers, part of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA book groups near Seattle, offer honest insight into some of the latest titles for teens.

Dig Into the Past and Soar to the Stars: Diverse Genre Fiction for Teens

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Representing a sampling of favorite YA genres, these stand-out, hot-off-the-press novels have been penned by authors of varied ethnic backgrounds and/or feature protagonists who are as wonderfully diverse as the books’ teen audiences.

The Importance of Girls’ Stories: SLJ Chats with Nova Ren Suma About “The Walls Around Us”

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YA novelist Nova Ren Suma shares what inspired her to write about killer ballerinas and a bookish incarcerated teen in her latest work, which explores feminism, friendship, and unlikable narrators.

2015 Debut YA Authors Launch Adopt-a-Library Initiative

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A group of first-time YA authors have banded together to adopt 15 school and public libraries, offering participating sites the chance to receive a set of 15 books, Skype author visits, and virtual Q&As. Applications are due by April 24.

Tuck Turns 40

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On Tuck Everlasting’s 40th anniversary, Gregory Maguire hosts an evening dedicated to the Natalie Babbitt YA classic in New York City’s Symphony Space, and SLJ talks to the 82-year-old Babbitt.

The Tween and Friends Top 14 Reads in 2014

The Tween and Friends Top 14 Reads in 2014

Many Friday nights I have anywhere from 2 to 5 preteen girls hanging out at my house. Not all of them are readers, but two of them are very fervent readers. In fact, I was surprised recently to learn that The Tween’s BF had almost 5 times the AR points as her, which is astounding […]

SLJTeen Chats with Chelsey Philpot on her Debut, ‘Even in Paradise’

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Chelsey Philpot’s debut novel, Even in Paradise, is already getting rave reviews. Get ahead of the crowd and add this to your list of best boarding school novels.

The Story Behind Adele Griffin’s Hybrid Novel, ‘The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone’

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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.

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.

The Illusion of “Normal” | SLJ Chats with Cammie McGovern About ‘Say What You Will’

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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.

Gothic Romances, Sci-Fi Adventures, and a John Green Readalike | What’s Hot in YA

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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.

YA Books with Diverse Male Protagonists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

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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.

Beach Reads, Royal Intrigue, and Genre-Bending Tales | What’s Hot in YA

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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.