March 27, 2017

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Teens Review Survival YA, Margaret Stohl’s Latest, and More

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From a compelling tale set during Hurricane Katrina to contemporary novels about overcoming grief and reality TV, these new works inspire high praise from the Kitsap teen reviewers.

Teens Review the Latest Ann Brashares and “Rebel of Sands” YA

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From a tale of family drama by the author of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to the latest entry in the adventure and action series, these YA titles are just what the Kitsap YA reviewers ordered.

Teens Review Michael Miller and Amanda Strickland’s “Shadow Run” and More

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From graphic novels about war to sci-fi, this month’s batch of teen reviews covers the spread.

Teens Review “Loving vs. Virginia,” Amanda Hocking’s Latest, and More

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From historical fiction to fantasy, the genres in 2017’s first crop of teen-reviewed books run the gamut. The Kitsap YA Group doesn’t hold back on their thoughts about Jeff Giles’s The Edge of Everything, Patricia Hruby Powell’s Loving vs. Virginia, and more.

Teens Review “Dreamland Burning,” New Fantasy, and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new thrillers and fantasy titles and Jennifer Latham’s Dreamland Burning, among other recent releases.

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

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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.

Increasing Awareness of Youth “in the Margins” |YA Underground

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Help marginalized teens find stories that speak to their experiences with these books and resources.

Teens Review LGBTQ Romances, “A Darkly Beating Heart,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on diverse LGBTQ titles, a sci-fi adventure, and “A Darkly Beating Heart,” a time-traveling novel set in 19th-century Japan.

Teens Review “The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily,” “Holding Up the Universe,” and More

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SLJ‘s teen reviewers cover Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Jennifer Niven’s Holding Up the Universe, and more.

YA Xpress Reviews | October 2016

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From Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom to Gaby Triana’s latest, October’s online-only reviews include works for teens in a variety of genres—fantasy, realistic fiction, and more.

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Teens Review Trailblazing Nonfiction, “Labyrinth Lost,” and More

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The Kitsap YA reviewers take on some informational titles, contemporary YA, and creepy reads just in time for fall, including Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost.

On the Road, Again: New YA Road Trip Novels | SLJ Spotlight

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Nothing signifies “coming of age” as well as a road trip. And as the protagonists in these YA novels prove, the twists and turns of highways and inevitable vehicle malfunctions are part and parcel of this rite of passage. From an Odyssey-like journey to an artist’s struggle to forge her own identity in the Jim Crow South, the following works highlight the ups and downs of adolescence and the winding adventures of the road.

Teens Review Alice Pung’s “Lucy and Linh,” Historical Fiction, and More

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Our resident teen reviewers cover a bunch of September 2016 YA releases, including Matt Phelan’s latest graphic novel and the plot-twisting Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung.

Teens Review “A Week of Mondays,” Monster Fiction, and More

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SLJ’s teen reviewers cover Jessica Brody’s Groundhog Day–type YA, a monstrous tale, and more.

Teens Review Whodunits, Gina Damico’s “Wax,” and More

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From compelling mysteries to wacky horror, our young adult reviewers give their takes on Gina Damico’s latest, a sci-fi thriller, and Rahul Kanakia’s dark comedy about a high-achieving teen trying to get into college.

YA Xpress Reviews | August 2016

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Sadie Robertson and Cindy Coloma Get Real; Ocean’s 11 for the YA set; and Caribbean myth and legend.

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Teens Review Twisty Plots and Summer Romances

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From a murderous plot to a modern twist on You’ve Got Mail, the latest books covered by the Kitsap YA group are titles perfect for reading by the poolside or on much-needed beach days.

Teens Review Kody Keplinger’s “Run,” Suspense, and More

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SLJ’s teen reviewers tackle suspense novels, Kody Keplinger’s latest, and a fantasy set in Russia.

Teens Review “Cure for the Common Universe” and More

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Gaming. Anorexia. The Manson Murders. There’s something for every kind of YA reader in this roundup by our teen reviewers.

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.