September 23, 2016

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Take 5: YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Collection development is an active process in which I, like all librarians, actively seek to build balanced collections of all types of books. Because we have an active and popular Teen MakerSpace, one of the things I actively look for are “maker” related books. These can be books that include any type of maker related […]

What I Learned About “Representation Matters” While Reading BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles

By the time I graduated high school, I had attended 9 separate schools in three different states. Every time I would start a new school the first question everyone asks, after what’s your name, is “where are you from?” I have no good answer to this question. I am from nowhere and everywhere. I am […]

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

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The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

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The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

#MHYALit: My Definition of Crazy, a guest post by author Lois Metzger

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Lois Metzger. Her newest book, Change Places with Me, will be released tomorrow. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I’m at my bedroom window, looking out at the building across the way.  Unbelievably, it’s on fire.  I can see a […]

36 Mature Reads for Older Teens

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As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

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The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

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SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

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  A look at some upcoming May, June and July ARCs of YA Lit TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Getting ready to start an #aRCParty with The Teen & Bestie to look at some upcoming new releases. Tue, Apr 26 2016 21:44:53 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Here’s how it works: they’ll read the back of each book out loud & share […]

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, […]

Teens Review the Latest from Kwame Alexander, Deb Caletti, and More

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Our young adult reviewers tackle the latest offering from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander, an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.

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 […]

Teens Review Genre-Bending Dystopians, Romance, and More

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From Sarah Brennan’s latest to Cecelia Ahern’s YA debut, the following titles have SLJ’s teen reviewers buzzing.

Snakes, Music, and Fashion Blogging: Jeff Zentner on “The Serpent King”

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Nashville musician Jeff Zentner shares with SLJ what inspired him to write The Serpent King, a singular work about friendship, class, and having the strength to pursue your dreams and defy social impossibilities.

The Last Frontier: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on “The Smell of Other People’s Houses”

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SLJ chats with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock about family, Alaska, and what inspired her YA debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

Teens Review the Latest from Sarah Fine, David Lubar, and More

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The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group have been busy. Check out what they think about David Lubar’s Character Driven, Sarah Fine’s latest fantasy, and Emily Skrutskie’s debut, The Abyss Surrounds Us.

January #ARCParty – A Look at January, February and March 2016 YA Lit Releases

January #ARCParty Here’s The Teen, The Bestie, and new TAB member Cat taking a look at some of the most recent ARCs that we have received here at TLT Headquarters (aka, Casa Jensen). In case you are new to TLT, here’s what we do: The teens go through each book and look at the cover […]

Beyond the Stars: Sci-Fi YA Read-Alikes for “The 5th Wave” Fans

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The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA The 5th Wave comes to theaters on January 22. Teens will be rushing to the library in search of the source material; offer them these new and upcoming sci-fi read-alikes.

Teens Review Marieke Nijkamp’s Debut, Eve Bunting’s Latest, and More

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The teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group tackle thrillers, sci-fi, romance, and a debut novel about a school shooting.