December 15, 2017

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#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles

#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles// The Teen, The Bestie and I met recently to take a look at some upcoming YA Lit releases. This time we looked specifically at January 2018 releases (yes, it’s time to look at 2018 titles already, I know! Where did the year go.) For new readers, […]

YALLFEST Recap by Michelle Biwer

I had the pleasure of attending YALLFest a few weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest is the largest Young Adult literature festival in the US, featuring over 70 Young Adult authors and numerous publishers. I had a blast at this conference for a few reasons: ALL YALLFest events are out in the city of […]

Malinda Lo and Stephanie Perkins On Genre Hopping, Slasher Films, and More

YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Malinda Lo share what inspired them to venture to the scary side, how their writing process changed, and their feelings on “unlikable” characters.

YA Authors Nic Stone and Jared Reck Chat About Crafting Characters, Their Paths to Publication, and More

Debut authors Jared Reck (A Short History of the Girl Next Door) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) share thoughts on the writing process, developing their characters, and what they’re working on next.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | SLJ Review

A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts.

2017 SLJTeen Live! Tackles Social Justice, YA Lit, and Coding

SLJ’s sixth annual virtual conference on all things teen took place on August 9, 2017. The archive and Storify for the free, all-day event is now available.

New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]

Chris Russell On Boy Bands, YA Lit, and “Songs About a Girl”

From London, Russell spoke to SLJ about how he came to write YA (he’s in the band The Lightyears) and the period he spent writing gossip updates for a One Direction fan site.

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Fall 2017 Books

Download this handy guide to over 150 of the most hotly anticipated fall titles, curated by SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Powerhouse YA Authors on World-Building and Agency | SLJ Day of Dialog 2017

Attendees at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog on May 31 in New York City were treated to a lunch keynote from the acclaimed Megan Whalen Turner and a panel of blockbuster YA authors.

Resources: #SVYALit and #MHYALit – Teens and Suicide, Teens and Sexual Violence Brochures

Due in part to the discussions I have been having surrounding the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, I made an informational brochure on the topics of suicide and sexual violence for the teens at my library. I am posting them here for you and you can use them if you would like. A few notes […]

David Levithan Wins 2017 Chicago Tribune YA Prize

The young adult author, editor, and 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner is the recipient of the annual Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize.

#MHYALit: A Letter to My Teen Self, by author Sara Wolf

As part of our ongoing discussion of teens and mental health, we are honored to host author Sara Wolf, who has written a beautiful letter to her teen self. You can find all the #MHYALit posts here. Dear Teen Me, In the grand scheme of things, you’re a bit of a shit, aren’t you? You […]

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

Take 5: Using YA Lit to Talk Government, Power, Politics, Corruption and More (An #SJYALit Book List)

A few years ago, I believe it was Cory Doctorow who Tweeted that no one discusses politics in literature anymore. Which struck me, at the time, as an odd statement because it was the height of YA Dystopian, which arguably is all about power and politics. It could also have been someone other then Cory […]

Living with Ghosts: Nina LaCour on “We Are Okay”

Award-winning author Nina LaCour discusses her latest YA novel, “We Are Okay,” a lyrical look at a teen’s attempt to cope with past trauma.

Teens Review Zana Fraillon’s “The Bone Sparrow,” New Fantasy, and More

The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group weigh in about Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow, new fantasy titles, and Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet, among other recent releases.

Finding an Authentic Teenage Voice, a guest post by author Amy S. Foster

One of the main reasons that I wrote The Rift Uprising was because I felt like the label ‘Young Adult’ had become a bit of a misnomer. The first YA novel I ever read was Judy Blume’s Forever. Forever IS NOT Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? It deals with very mature themes, tackling […]

Positing a Perfect World: Neal Shusterman on Scythe

The National Book Award–winning author discusses the elaborate world-building behind his new series, “Arc of a Scythe.”

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.