Apply for Summer Grants; “Ghostlight” Giveaway; NZ Banned Book Coming to the U.S. | SLJTeen News

SLJ readers can enter to win a copy of the spooky Ghostlight. Nominations are open for the 10th annual Cybils Awards. Polis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the recently banned Into the River by Ted Dawe. Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink authors. These news bites and more in the latest SLJTeen news roundup.

Just in time for Halloween, a GHOSTLIGHT Giveaway

GHOSTLIGHT cover_smallHorror is a hot genre for tweens and teens. In Sonia Gensler’s new novel, GHOSTLIGHT (Knopf, 2015), young filmmakers shoot a horror movie in an abandoned house and find that the spooky presence they're trying to capture on film is all too real. Award-winning author Gensler is a former high school English teacher; visit her website to watch a creepy trailer for the book, download a free CCSS discussion guide, and view an extensive list of Gothic fiction appropriate for middle grade and YA readers. Five lucky winners will receive a copy of GHOSTLIGHT for their collections. To enter, go to this link. Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on October 21, 2015. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person, please; prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

In the winner’s circle

The long list for 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was revealed on September 21. Of the 40 books (20 fiction, 20 nonfiction) selected, a six-title (three fiction, and three nonfiction) shortlist will be announced in mid-October, and a medalist in each category will be revealed at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at ALA Midwinter Meeting on Sunday, January 10 in Boston. crossoverKwame Alexander, author of the Newbery-winning The Crossover (HMH, 2014), will receive the 2015 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award on Thursday, October 21. The national award and its public presentation celebrate poetry for young people. Established in 1993, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, which includes a $1,000 prize, courtesy of Hopkins, is presented annually to an American poet or anthologist for an outstanding new book of poetry for children published during the previous calendar year. "As a child, I was read Lee Bennett Hopkins’s poetry. I have a first edition of City Talk on my bookshelf that I read to my daughter, so to receive the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award is a tremendous honor and wonderful full circle experience in my writerly life," said Alexander. The winner of the 2015 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing has been announced. Offered by the Vermont Masters of Fine Art’s literary magazine, Hunger Mountain, the prize honors manuscripts in several children’s and young adult categories. Judged by author/agent Ammi-Joan Paquette, first place went to Rachel Furey for her young adult fiction, “Tilt-a-Whirl.” Winners and special mentions in the picture, middle grade, and young adult categories were also named. The winning pieces will be published in the upcoming Prizewinner issue at Hunger Mountain.

Banned New Zealand YA to be published in the U.S.

EH150915_IntotheRiverPolis Books has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Into the River by Ted Dawe, a critically acclaimed novel by the New Zealand author, reports Publishers Weekly. The young adult novel, which won the prestigious Margaret Mahy award in 2013, became the first book to be banned in New Zealand in more than 20 years. It will make its debut stateside in June 2016. The country's Office of Film and Literature Classification pulled the book from retailers, schools, and libraries. Targeted at readers 15 and older, the novel follows a Maori boy whose life is upended after he wins a scholarship to an elite prep school in Auckland.

Call for submissions

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened up the applications for its 2016 summer learning and teen intern grants. Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, two grants are available, the Summer Learning Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant. Twenty summer learning resources grants, worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries in need, for resources and services to help prevent the summer slide in underserved teens. Twenty teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1000 each, will be awarded to libraries to support the implementation of summer learning programs while also providing teens with an opportunity to build hands-on job skills. Check out eligibility requirements on the YALSA summer grants page. Interested librarians can apply now through January 1, 2016. Recipients will be notified during the week of February 15, 2016. scholastic art and writing awardsTeens from grades seven to 12 across the country are invited to submit original art and writing works to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. Each year, exhibition, publication, and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program for their creative work in 29 categories including architecture, photography, flash fiction, poetry, painting, video game design, and more. New scholarship opportunities for creative teens in the 2016 program year include:
  • A special Editorial Cartoon category sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation to promote awareness of the medium and provide three young artists with $1,000 scholarships for their outstanding work;
  • The Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and The Neiman Marcus Jewelry Award to provide one artist in each category with $1,000 scholarships; and
  • The RBC Flaunt It Award to provide two $1,000 scholarships to students whose work showcases and celebrates individual differences.
Cybils-Logo-2015-Round-LgThe nomination period for the 10th annual CYBILs (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary) Awards has begun. Cybils Awards recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. They will be accepting public nominations from October 1–15. Categories range from book apps to YA speculative fiction. Submissions from publishers and authors will be accepted October 16-26. YALSA is now accepting applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant. The $1,000 grant, made possible by BWI, will be awarded to up to two YALSA members to be used to support the purchase of new materials to support collection development in public libraries. The grant is also designed to recognize the excellent work of those YALSA members working directly with young adults ages 12–18 in a public library. The committee is looking for proposals that present innovative ideas on how to expand young adult collections. Applicants will be judged on the basis of the degree of need for additional materials for young adults in their library, the degree of their current collection’s use, and the benefits this grant will bring to young adults. Other criteria, grant information, and the application form can be found on the YALSA Awards and Grants website. Applications must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2015.

Pew report about teens, technology, and romantic relationships released

Pew Report Finds Millennials Are Readers, Library UsersA new study about teens, technology, and romantic relationships reveals that the digital realm is one part of a broader universe in which teens meet, date, and break up. Online spaces are used infrequently for meeting romantic partners, but play a major role in how young adults flirt and communicate with potential and current love interests. This report examines American teens’ digital romantic practices. It covers the results of a national Pew Research Center survey of teens ages 13–17; throughout the report, the word teens refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. The survey was conducted online from September 25 through October 9, 2014, and February 10 through March 16, 2015; 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014. For a further look into the findings, check out the full report.

Celebrate Teen Read Week with Blink

blink trwIn honor of YALSA’s Teen Read Week (October 18–24), Blink will be hosting its first-ever completely digital book tour. Join bestselling, fantasy/sci-fi, and contemporary YA authors of Blink’s hottest new books, such as Carol Lynch Williams (Never Said), Carey Corp and Lori Langdon (“The Doon” series), Luke Reynolds (The Looney Experiment), Heather Burch (Summer by Summer), Lisa T. Bergren (“The Remnants” series), Evangeline Denmark (Curio),and Jonathan Friesen (Both of Me) for Skype school and library visits, social media author chats, online hangouts, and more. Join the fun by following the hashtag #BlinkTRW for your chance to chat with authors, win great prizes, and discover new young adult reads. Want to get your school or library involved? Contact Liane Worthington at Blink for more info.
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donna

I can't access contest or the author's site for Ghostlight.

Posted : Oct 04, 2015 05:41

Shelley Diaz

Hi Donna, Apologies! I've updated the links. They should be working now. Thanks so much for reaching out. Shelley Diaz

Posted : Oct 04, 2015 05:57


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