November 18, 2017

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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.

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

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

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

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”

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

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.

Death, Destruction, and Destiny: Roshani Chokshi on “The Star-Touched Queen”

SLJ caught up with Roshani Chokshi to chat about her inspiration for The Star-Touched Queen, life as a first-time novelist, and what she’s working on next.

Political Thrillers, Flirty Romances, and Complex Sci-Fi | YA Series Update

The following are some of the latest installments in popular YA series. The highlighted choices include some classic romances, science fiction, dystopians, horror, a modern-day take on Shakespeare, and political thrillers that teens won’t want to miss.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Sizzling Seventies: Meg Medina on “Burn Baby Burn”

Meg Medina tackles burgeoning feminism, first love, disco music, and family violence in her stellar Burn Baby Burn. SLJ chats with the award-winning author.

Teens Review “A Tyranny of Petticoats,” Time Travel YA, and More

Our teen reviewers tackle feminist historical fiction, time travel YA, and Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone.

Interview: Veronica Rossi on Her YA Crossover Series Opener, “Riders”

New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi chats with SLJ about her inspiration for Riders, her latest focusing on the four teen Horsemen of the Apocalypse and their quest to save the world from destruction.

Teens Review Veronica Rossi’s “Riders,” Sci-Fi, and More

A teen reviewer gives a glowing review to Veronica Rossi’s latest series opener, and another young adult swoons over Melissa Landers’s Starflight.