March 21, 2018

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SLJ’s Reviews of YALSA’s 2018 Morris Award Finalists

YALSA has just announced the five finalists for the 2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Award, including SLJ Best Book The Hate U Give. Check out our reviews of the finalists.

YA Authors Nic Stone and Jared Reck Chat About Crafting Characters, Their Paths to Publication, and More

Debut authors Jared Reck (A Short History of the Girl Next Door) and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) share thoughts on the writing process, developing their characters, and what they’re working on next.

Daring Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

Five new and forthcoming middle grade debuts to watch out for.

Brand New Middle Grade Debuts | SLJ Spotlight

From quirky mysteries and intricate steampunk adventures to environmental allegory and multi-layered fantasy, this crop of fresh new voices on the middle grade scene should find a place on library shelves and in the hands of eager young readers.

2015 Debut Author Bash: Meet ZEROBOXER Author Fonda Lee (and a book giveaway)

Today we are excited to be a part of the 2015 Debut Author Bash hosted by YAReads. You can see the complete schedule here. I was very honored to interview debut author Fonda Lee. Her novel, Zeroboxer, is a Science Fiction thriller set in a futuristic sports arena. Zeroboxing is a weightless combat sport.   […]

Teens Review A.S. King’s Latest; Books with Physics, Ghosts, and Hollywood

From feminism to physics, horror to Hollywood, there’s no lack of variety in YA publishing these days.

More from the Class of 2014 YA Debut Novelists | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

The Class of 2014 YA debut novelists continues to launch into literary fame. The assembled titles have already gathered nine starred reviews and are sure to leave their mark on readers and YA literature.

Class of 2014: YA Debut Novels | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

The class of 2014 includes debuts by novelists who are surely more than one-hit wonders. From current issues in society to murder and reality TV to Cold War Russia, the following selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to leave their mark on YA literature.

The Debut: Julie Berry Talks About ‘All the Truth That’s in Me’

In the editor’s note in the ARC of All the Truth That’s in Me, Kendra Levin describes Julie Berry’s debut YA book as a “pinhole” narrative—“you start looking through a tiny hole… and as the story goes on, the pinhole widens and widens until you can see a bigger picture.” SLJTeen caught up with Berry to learn more about the setting, characters, and the origins of this beautifully written story.

The Debut: SLJ Talks to Katja Millay About ‘The Sea of Tranquility’

Angela Carstensen, Adult Books for Teens blogger, had a hard time putting The Sea of Tranquility down, even after reading it all the way through. Debut author Katja Millay put the book together by gathering scribbles, random lines, and characters in her head, calling her attempt to create an outline “laughable.”