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SummerTeen: Hot Books for Young Adults

Live Date: July 24
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Schedule of Events
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm Exhibits, Grand Opening and Networking
Author Chats:
Annick Press: Shari Graydon, author, Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know, Revised Edition (11:15-12:00)
Junior Library Guild: Director of Library Outreach, Deborah Ford (11:15-12:00)
Penguin: Loren Long, author, Otis (11:15-11:30)
Penguin: John Bemelmans Marciano, author, The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfeld (11:30-11:45)
Scholastic: Erin Bow, author, Shadow’s Knot (11:30-11:45)
12:00-1:00 pm Welcome and Keynote from 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, Tamora Pierce
Introduction: Luann Toth, School Library Journal
1:00-1:15 pm Exhibits, Grand Opening and Networking
Author Chats:
Disney: Tamara Ireland Stone, author, Time Between Us, Time After Time
Harmony Ink Press: Sara Gaines, author, Noble Falling
Junior Library Guild: Director of Library Outreach, Deborah Ford
Penguin: Julie Berry, author, All the Truth That’s In Me
1:15-2:15 pm Real Life Mysteries and Thrillers
Elizabeth Stewart, Lynching of Louie Sam (Annick)
D.J. MacHale, SYLO (Penguin)
Tim Shoemaker, Back Before Dark (Zondervan)
Allen Zadoff, Boy Nobody (Little, Brown)
Moderator: Roger Sutton, The Horn Book
Historical Fantasy
Deb Noyes,Plague in the Mirror (Candlewick)
Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Elizabeth Wein, The Winter Prince (Open Road)
Sharon Cameron, The Dark Unwinding (Scholastic)
Moderator: Elizabeth Burns, New Jersey State Library
2:15-2:45 pm Exhibits, Grand Opening and Networking
Author Chats:
Annick Press: Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, author, Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home
Blink: Tim Shoemaker, author, Code of Silence series (2:15-2:30)
Disney: Thor Freudenthal, director of movie Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Harlequin: Executive Editor, Natashya Wilson (2:15-2:30)
Harmony Ink Press: James Erich, author, Dreams of Fire and Gods series
Little, Brown: Allen Zadoff, author, Boy Nobody (2:15-2:30)
Penguin: Holly Goldberg Sloan, author, Counting By Sevens (2:15-2:30)
Penguin: Tone Almhjell, author, Twistrose Key (2:30-2:45)
Scholastic: Katie Alender, author, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer (2:30-2:45)
2:45-3:45 pm Technology in Teen Lit
Sara Grant, Half Lives (Little, Brown)
Alex London, Proxy (Penguin)
Annabel Monaghan, Double Digit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Moderator: Deborah Ford, Junior Library Guild
Embracing Diversity
Amanda Sun, INK (Harlequin)
Jonathan Friesen, Aquifer (Zondervan)
It’s All Not Black and White  (Annick)
James Klise , When Love Comes to Town, intro (Open Road Media)
Moderator: Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
3:45-4:15 pm Exhibits, Grand Opening and Networking
Author Chats:
Blink: Jonathan Friesen, author, Aquifer (3:45-4:00)
Harlequin: Associate Editor, T.S. Ferguson (3:45-4:00)
Harmony Ink Press: Michael J. Bowler, author, Children of the Knight
Little, Brown: Sara Grant, author, Half Lives (3:45-4:00)
Penguin: Tara Sullivan, author, Golden Boy (3:45-4:00)
Disney: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author, The Naturals (3:45-4:05)
4:15-5:00 pm Humor Me!
Paul Rudnick, Gorgeous (Scholastic)
Don Calame, Call the Shots (Candlewick)
Louise Rozett, Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend (Harlequin)
Moderator: Travis Jonker, Wayland (MI) Union Schools



Keynote Speaker

Tamora Pierce is the recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and School Library Journal, honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for the “Song of the Lioness” and “The Protector of the Small” quartets. She lives happily in upstate New York where she continues to write both adult and young adult novels.


Real Life Mysteries and Thrillers
From racially motivated murders and a secret military operation, to the “code of silence” and the life of a teen hit man, the plots of young adult mysteries and thrillers are more varied than ever. These titles are great choices for reluctant teen readers who need a great hook to keep them reading. Elizabeth Stewart (Lynching of Louie Sam), D.J. MacHale (SYLO), Allen Zadoff (Boy Nobody) and Tim Shoemaker (Back Before Dark) will discuss their books, character development, and the importance of pacing in the mystery/thriller genre.

Historical Fantasy
Did someone say medieval assassin nuns? How about a summer vacation in 14th century Florence in the midst of the plague? You know the legend of King Arthur, but have you heard about his treacherous sister Morgause? Does spending time in a mid-19th century clockworks factory sound like fun to you? Historical fantasy is enjoying the spotlight in young adult literature, taking advantage of the genre blending that makes it all possible. Hear Deb Noyes (Plague in the Mirror), Robin LaFevers (Dark Triumph), Elizabeth Wein (The Winter Prince), and Sharon Cameron (The Dark Unwinding) talk about what makes this genre blending so appealing to them.

Technology in Teen Lit
For better or worse, young people today have never known a world without cell phones, the Internet, or social media. Technology is completely ingrained in the lives of today’s teens, and the titles being presented by our panelists demonstrate the good, the bad, and the downright ugly side of this reality. Join Sara Grant (Half Lives), Alex London (Proxy), and Annabel Monaghan (Double Digit) to learn how they weave technology into their stories, and what teen readers can learn from them.

Embracing Diversity
It’s about time to talk about the meaning of diversity—it’s not just sexual orientation or race. The conversation needs to include teens of different religions, social stature, and cultures, and their ability to be discovered and appreciated. Whether the setting is the far future or modern day Japan, the books being discussed on this panel allow teens to draw their own conclusions on what acceptance really is. Join Jonathan Friesen (Aquifer), James Klise (Love Drugged), St. Stephen’s Community House (It’s Not All Black and White), and Amanda Sun (INK) to discover what motivates and informs their stories.

Humor Me!
Teenagers already have so much angst and drama in their lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to offer them something that will make them laugh? Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Gorgeous), Don Calame (Call the Shots), and Louise Rozett (Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend) will discuss their books and then turn their stun guns on each other!



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    Keynote Speaker
Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce

      Sharon Cameron   Sharon Cameron
The Dark Unwinding
    Sara Grant   Sara Grant
Dark Parties and Half Lives
    Jonathan Friesen   Jonathan Friesen
    Robin LaFevers   Robin LaFevers
Dark Triumph and Grave Mercy
    Annabel Managhan   Annabel Monaghan
A Girl Named Digit and
Double Digit
    Deb Noyes   Deb Noyes
The Plague in the Mirror
    Paul Rudnick   Paul Rudnick

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