June 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

SLJ’s Reviews of the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winners

Following Kwame Alexander’s closing keynote at SLJ’s ninth annual Day of Dialog, Alexander and Roger Sutton announced this year’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners, all of which were starred by SLJ. Check out the full reviews, author interviews, and much more.

Positing a Perfect World: Neal Shusterman on Scythe

The National Book Award–winning author discusses the elaborate world-building behind his new series, “Arc of a Scythe.”

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

Marilyn’s great speech

Here’s a link to the speech Marilyn Nelson gave when she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Carver in 2001. The awards were given in Burlington, Vermont that October, a very fraught time, as you will recall. I remember that Marilyn’s son, then a student at McGill in Montreal, missed the ceremony as he […]

How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales, Award-Winning Illustrator of “Thunder Boy Jr.”

Children’s librarian and SLJ reviewer Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla interviews the Caldecott Honor and Pura Belpré Award–winning author/illustrator about her latest project, Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie, and her love for libraries.

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.

The Last Frontier: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock on “The Smell of Other People’s Houses”

SLJ chats with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock about family, Alaska, and what inspired her YA debut, The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

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.

Sailing Through Time: Heidi Heilig on Her YA Debut, “The Girl from Everywhere”

Heidi Heilig shares what inspired her to write The Girl from Everywhere, her thoughts on diversity, and how she juggles between writing YA fiction and theater musicals.

Ruta Sepetys on Unearthing an Untold Story of World War II in “Salt to the Sea”

SLJ caught up with the acclaimed YA author of Between Shades of Gray to discuss her latest historical fiction novel about the world’s worst maritime disaster, Salt to the Sea.

Getting Schooled: Nonfiction authors tell all about class visits

Three nonfiction authors deliver personal essays about their experiences visiting schools and libraries and meeting face-to-face with their young readers.

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Good Books Are Like Good Pranks: Chatting with the Terribly Funny Authors of “The Terrible Two”

Jokesters Mac Barnett and Jory John chat about fooling kids, collaborative writing, and the subversive—yet honorable—underpinnings of pranking.

Worlds Turned Upside Down: Marieke Nijkamp on School Shootings and “This Is Where It Ends”

Marieke Nijkamp’s gripping debut YA novel spans the 54 minutes that students are held hostage in an auditorium during a school shooting. “Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Amanda MacGregor caught up with Nijkamp and discussed her inspirations and research.

Interview: Noelle Stevenson on Webcomics, Fan Art, and “Nimona”

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blog editor Brigid Alverson chats with award-winning comics creator Noelle Stevenson, whose graphic novel Nimona was a National Book Award finalist and an SLJ Best Book of 2015.

#MorallyComplicatedYA: Estelle Laure on Love, Longing, and “This Raging Light”

Debut author Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light is a shining example of #MorallyComplicatedYA. Laure shared with SLJ what inspired her to write this work about a teen whose longing to do what’s right doesn’t always overcome her longing for the boy-next-door.

Keeping the Faith: An Interview with “Religion” Author Margreet de Heer

In Religion: A Discovery in Comics, Amsterdam native Margareet de Heer offers a balanced and nuanced exploration of different belief systems in comics form, with humor and insight.

Building Community: Robin Talley on Labels, Gender Identity, and “What We Left Behind”

While young adult literature is finally seeing more trans* protagonists, very few can be categorized as genderfluid or nonbinary. SLJ caught up with Robin Talley to discuss her inspiration for What We Left Behind, the books she wished had existed when she was in high school, and what she’s working on next.

SLJ Chats with Teen Author and Bullying Survivor Aija Mayrock

Bullying awareness advocate, speaker, and now published author Aija Mayrock shares how she was able to overcome bullying and what inspired her to write The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen.

Julie Murphy and Aaron Hartzler Chat About Self-Image, Media, and Their New YA Titles

Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ celebrates body acceptance, and Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw tackles rape culture. SLJ sat in on their conversation about what inspired their latest YA novels and the importance of self-image, body acceptance, and media for today’s teens.

Children’s Book Creators and Librarians Flock to 2015 National Book Festival

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander were among the 170 authors at the National Book Festival held on September 5 at the District of Columbia’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.