May 2, 2016

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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.

YA en español | Spanish Translations of Popular Teen Titles

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Whether it’s the latest John Green novel or works from Printz-winning authors, these titles are just a selection of the wonderful world of YA in Spanish.

Take SLJ’s Must-Have YA Poll

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If you could purchase only 100 YA novels for a library serving teens, what would they be? Cast your votes in SLJ’s first-ever Must-Have YA Poll.

Teens Review Romance, Sports Fiction, and the Latest from Martine Leavitt

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The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews a diverse sports fiction title, a Wattpad sensation, Martine Leavitt’s Calvin, and more.

Teen vs. Nature: Spine-Tingling Wilderness Survival Stories

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Whether braving hurricane-force winds on the Atlantic Ocean or finding themselves lost and alone on the Appalachian Trail, these teen protagonists face extreme circumstances that require them to dig deep for the courage, acumen, and constancy needed to look death in the eye and survive another day.

Teen Books by Native Writers to Trumpet Year-Round

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Blogger and librarian Debbie Reese shares works for young adults by and about Native Americans that should be read, displayed, and celebrated in every collection, including graphic novels and the latest by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale.

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.