March 24, 2017

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Katie Bayerl on Debut YA “A Psalm for Lost Girls”

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SLJ chats with Katie Bayerl about her debut YA novel, which touches upon the complex themes of religion, mental health, and grief.

Interview: Renée Watson on YA Novel “Piecing Me Together”

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SLJ chats with Renée Watson about her stirring YA novel Piecing Me Together .

Take 5: A List of YA Lists on Refugees

Instead of putting together our own list of YA titles that feature refugees here at TLT, I thought I would instead direct you to several other lists that are already out there because this is an important topic and we should all make sure we have some good titles in our collections to represent this […]

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.

Hip-Hop, Sexual Abuse, and Reconciliation: Sonia Patel on “Rani Patel in Full Effect”

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist Sonia Patel shared with SLJ what inspired her to write her hard-hitting novel set in early 90s Hawaii.

Wanted: YA Author In Search of Reluctant Readers | Opinion

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Brian Conaghan, the author of When Mr. Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together writes about his desire to create books for the kids in the back row—teens very much like the young adult he once was.

Familiar and Fun: Literary Classics Reimagined for Teens

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With freshly envisioned settings, revved-up story lines, reconfigured characters, and timeless themes, these new YA retellings of well-known works are well worth adding to your shelves.

Fiendish Females and Humanoids: S.J. Kincaid on Popular Pick “The Diabolic”

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SLJ caught up with S. J. Kincaid to chat about the I, Claudius–inspired tale The Diabolic, a September 2016 SLJ Popular Pick.

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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.

Family, Magic, and Identity: Zoraida Córdova on “Labyrinth Lost”

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Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost combines teen angst, Latinx traditions, and the power of love. SLJ caught up with the YA author to chat about her writing process, favorite characters, and more.

Then and Now: Wendy Mills on 9/11 and “All We Have Left”

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SLJ chats with Wendy Mills, who explores September 11 through the perspectives of a present-day white teen whose brother died on that fateful day and a young Muslim American woman who is trapped in the Twin Towers on 9/11.

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.

Literacy Is Magic: Traci Chee on World-Building, Fantasy, and “The Reader”

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SLJ caught up with debut YA fantasy author Traci Chee and talked about her path to publishing, the need for diversity in genre teen fiction, and her writing process.

Prolific YA Author Eileen Cook Opens Up About “With Malice”

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The SLJTeen Live panelist chats with SLJ about what inspires her as an author and her latest thriller, With Malice.

Debut YA Author on How Being a Full-Time Teacher Improved Her Writing

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Catherine Lo, a full-time teacher and a first-time YA author, outlines five ways that teaching has prepared her for her new role as a young adult author.

Twin Cities Teen Lit Con

This past Saturday I got to spend the day hanging out at Twin Cities Teen Lit Con. I was asked to present two sessions on What to Read Next. The lineup they had was phenomenal. Check out the program, some pictures from my presentation, and some of the swag I got. My talk was about new […]

Teens Review Matthew Quick’s Latest, “Peter Pan” Reimagined, and More

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The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviews summer thrillers, an ode to social media, and Matthew Quick’s Every Exquisite Thing.

The Olympics Are Coming! Great Sports Reads for Teens

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Percolating with athletic action, these titles also include smartly treated coming-of-age themes that will captivate sports fanatics and couch potatoes alike.

Interview: John Corey Whaley on Star Trek, Anxiety, and “Highly Illogical Behavior”

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SLJ chats with Printz Award-winner John Corey Whaley about his third YA novel Highly Illogical Behavior

Diversity, BookTubers, and YA Lit Frenzy at the North Texas Teen Book Festival

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On Saturday, April 23, readers of all ages flocked to Irving to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival, which boasted 63 panels and authors such as Sarah Dessen, Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and James Dashner.