February 20, 2018

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New Visions Award Winner Announced; “The Inside of Out” Giveaway | SLJTeen News

In this edition of SLJTeen News, discover how to participate in the #DashnerDash Binge Read, enter for a chance to win a free copy of Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Inside of Out in celebration of Pride Month, and get to know the winner of Lee & Low’s New Visions Award.

Tu Books New Visions Award Winner Announced

Supriya_KelkarSupriya Kelkar is the third recipient of the Lee & Low/Tu Books New Visions Award. Kelkar has garnered this honor for the middle grade novel Ahimsa. Set in 1940s India, the work follows the journey of 10-year-old Anjali, who must find her way in the world during the freedom movement in which Indian citizens battled against British colonial rule. Kelkar will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a publication contract with Tu Books.

The New Visions Award celebrates an author of color who has not published a middle grade or YA novel. It was founded to inspire fresh talent and offer writers of all backgrounds a chance to break into a primarily white market. An Honor Book and three finalists were selected.

YALSA’s Three-Year Organizational Plan

YALSA+logoThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has implemented a three-year organizational plan to transform their mission to enhance teen services. Now through 2018, the organization will update its motives and priorities to cater to the current and future needs of adolescents. YALSA’s The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action reported several topics impacting teens such as, “achievement gaps” between Caucasians/Asian and African Americans/Hispanics, an increase of the number of teens living in poverty, unemployed, and/or homeless, and other societal concerns that put teens at physical and psychological risks. More information and an in-depth explanation are available on YALSA’s website.

Pride Month Giveaway, Win a Copy of Jenn Marie Thorne’s THE INSIDE OF OUT

This summer, hit the beach with Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Inside of Out, a smart, romantic The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thornecomedy-of-errors about what happens when your best friend finds love before you do. When her best friend Hannah comes out of the closet, Daisy can’t wait to prove what a great ally she can be, especially when Hannah announces that she’s dating Daisy’s longtime archnemesis. Before you can spell LGBTQIA, Daisy’s leading the charge to end the school’s antiquated ban on same-sex dates at dances. But when an interview with Daisy about the campaign goes viral and neglects to mention that Daisy is straight, our protagonist suddenly finds herself in the spotlight—as a national icon for LGBT rights. With the story spinning out of control, protesters gathering, and Hannah left in the dust of Daisy’s good intentions, Daisy herself gets caught up in her bold plans, her bad decisions, and her big fat mouth.

Five lucky winners will receive a copy of The Inside of Out for their collections. To enter the sweepstakes, go to this link. Entries must be received by June 20, 2016. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. Open to U.S. residents only, ages 13 and up. One entry per person, please.

Teen Read Week Webinar

Teen Read WeekIf you missed the May 3 Teen Read Week Webinar, you can listen to the free recording here. The webinar, Engaging Latino Youth through STEAM: Going Beyond Our Walls addresses strategies libraries can use to reach out and serve teens who speak Spanish as a first language. Teen Read Week, October 9–15, advises teens to be regular readers and library visitors. The multilingual “Read for the fun of it!” promotes youth reading for enjoyment.

#DashnerDash Binge Read

Dashner Binge#DashnerDash Binge Read will join new and established fans of James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” series on various social media platforms in anticipation of the series prequel, The Fever Code. Readers are urged to read all four titles in the series before The Fever Code‘s September 27 release date. Use the hashtag to track the conversation and the buzz. Lastly, Dashner and editor Krista Marino will host a live video on Google Hangouts each month prior to the book’s publication. The first airing will be June 30 at 8pm EST.  

PrepSTEM High School Edition

A recent report demonstrated 40 percent of 12th graders are not prepared for college. In response, LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, created PrepSTEP™  High School Edition, an online resource that provide teens with skills for college, career, and beyond. The easy-to-use platform features interactive tutorials, practice tests, flashcards, fact sheets, articles, and ebooks that students can access from any device with an Internet browser. To learn more and how to implement the software in your institution, please read the press release for further information.

Barnes & Noble B-Fest Teen Book Festival

B-FestBarnes & Noble (B&N) is launching their first book festival, B-Fest. From June 10 to 12, all B&N stores will feature hundreds of YA authors and their work. Scheduled author appearances include Nicola Yoon, Jesse Andrews, and Christopher Paolini. B-Fest will have activities for teens, story development workshops, cosplay, trivia contests, interactive games, and more. Mary Amicucci, B&N’s chief merchandising officer, states the intention is to provide teens with an experience that “[brings] the exciting worlds of writing and publishing to life.” For information about B-Fest at your local library, click here.

We Need Diverse Books YA Short Story Contest

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), committed to addressing the lack of diversity about nonmajority narrative in children’s literature, will host a YA short story contest for the forthcoming 2018 anthology Lift Off. The organization is proud to announce Phoebe Yeh, vice president/publisher of Crown Books for Young Readers Random House has gained rights to the work. The anthology is inspired by children’s author Walter Dean Myers’s call to publishers, educators, and writers to provide books that will allow readers to discover who they are. The publisher and staff are seeking one story from a previously unpublished diverse author, via a short story contest. The winner will be included in the collection and will receive a payment of $1,000. Submissions will be accepted July 5–18. For more information about contest rules, submissions, and the WNDB intention, click here.

Month9Books to revert rights to over 50 Authors

After many writer complaints against the company over late or absent royalties, Month9Publisher Georgia McBride released a statement saying that she would revert rights to over 50 authors across her three imprints, due to her health concerns and business changes. YA Interrobang blogger Nicole Brinkley wrote an investigative report about the small press and this recent announcement. This statement has sparked talks about the publisher and small presses in general. Brinkley mentions several authors’ experiences demanding payment, who received only frustration and no pay. The article explores the publisher’s website, tweets, and remarks from McBride.

Sarah Crossan Wins UK’s The Bookseller YA Prize

Sarah CrossanSarah Crossan was awarded The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize 2016 for the novel One. The story narrates the lives of conjoined twins who enrolled in public school for the first time and face several social and medical problems. Crossan won £2,000 at a ceremony at the Hay Festival. This title beat contenders Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe, and Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. The short listed titles and other information are available on The Bookseller.

Summer Reading from Brightly

Brightly, an online resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, presents recent summer reading content for teens.


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