June 22, 2017

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5 Beach Reads for Teens: From Superhero Adventures to Thrilling Whodunits

Whether it’s a superhero adventure, a camp experience like no other, a whodunit, a coming-of-age tale, or a short but complete history of surfing, these five choices are just right for summer reading shelves.

Sandhya Menon on Romance and Diaspora in Her “When Dimple Met Rishi”

Sandhya Menon talks about her inspiration, writing process, and her YA debut When Dimple Met Rishi about two first-generation Indian American teens who (just might) be meant for each other.

Jennifer Yu on Mental Health, Writing, and Her Debut “Four Weeks, Five People”

The debut author chats about her inspiration for Four Weeks, Five People, her writing process, and what she’s working on next.

Six YA Titles That Epitomize #OwnVoices

Blogger and librarian Sarah Hannah Gómez breaks down the real meaning of #ownvoices, and presents new YA titles about marginalized cultures by authors from the same groups.

Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith On Contemporary YA, Writing, and Winning the Lotto

Jenny Han, author of the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, chats with Jennifer E. Smith about Windfall. The two contemporary YA authors and friends discuss their writing process, the state of YA romance, and what they would do if they won the lottery.

Rethinking How We Think about Cheerleaders

My 8-year-old keeps saying she wants to be a cheerleader, something The Mr. keeps routinely saying no to. And when he says no, you can hear it –  there is an edge of disgust to his voice. The truth is, we have a lot of animosity towards cheerleaders, thanks in no small part to the […]

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

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”

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

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”

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

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

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”

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

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”

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”

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

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”

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”

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