February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Teen Books for Spring: New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels


SPONSORED BY: Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing and School Library Journal

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Shake off the winter doldrums with a sneak peek at exciting new teen titles coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lerner Publishing Group this spring. From a basketball ball-playing poet (Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover) to a dragon-slaying teen in an alternative US (E. K. Johnston’s The Story of Owen) to a modern-day Nancy Drew (Beth Fantaskey’s Buzz Kill) to a girl reconciling with her father (Corinne Demas’s Returning to Shore), the teens featured in these YA books will draw in readers.

Join SLJ reviews senior editor Shelley Diaz as she moderates a free one-hour webcast featuring presentations on graphic novels, nonfiction, and YA fiction that will have your teens buzzing long after they’ve turned the last page.


Lisa DiSarro – Director of School Library Marketing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lisa DiSarro is the Director of School & Library Marketing for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. After being an elementary school teacher and a bookseller she received her master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. She thinks that the best part of her job is sharing great books with as many people as possible.

Lindsay Matvick – Publicity and Trade Marketing Manager, Lerner Publishing Group

Lindsay Matvick is the publicity and trade marketing manager at Lerner Publishing Group. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Library Foundation. Prior to children’s book publishing, Lindsay worked in television as a promotions producer at ABC, CBS, and NBC stations across the country. Lindsay’s love for books was inspired by her mother who is a children’s book author. Her favorite part of the day is family reading time with her son, Jack and daughter, Katie.


Shelley Diaz – Senior Editor, SLJ Reviews

Senior Editor of School Library Journal’s Reviews. She recently received her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College.

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