May 26, 2018

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SLJ’s September 2017 Popular Picks

Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper sequel will thrill old and new fans; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is illustrated for a young audience; and a city mouse finds food and adventure in this month’s Popular Picks!

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A Bully Backtracks | “Before I Fall” Movie Review

A popular high school senior relives the same day over and over again, caught in a repetitive time warp.

#SVYALIT: Sexual Exploitation, 2 YA Titles That Explore Child Pornography and the Life of Teens

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING POST WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS While reading VANISHING GIRLS by Lauren Oliver, an author I adore, I was struck by how it turns out this title fits into The #SVYALit Project, though it took me a while to find the words to explain why. I also waited a while to talk about […]

LGBTQ Fiction, Reimagined Fairy Tales, & Horror | What’s Hot in YA

From an anthology of writings by LGBTQ teens to R.L Stine’s newest entry in the “Fear Street” saga, the latest books for teens are sure to pique readers’ interest and keep them coming back for more.

Ghost Stories

Two ghost stories today, both more atmospheric than scary. We begin with the first adult novel from YA phenomenon Lauren Oliver. Before I Fall is one of my go-to recommendations, and was a huge hit with my high school bookgroup a couple years ago. And of course, there’s the Delirium trilogy, so I was quite […]

Sounds of Summer: YA Fiction for Beach Reading | JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen

Beaches. Late nights. No school. Such are the joys of summer. Yet for some teens, those few months give them more time to face their family’s dysfunction―or to make bad choices. Junior Library Guild’s Booktalks to Go Teen selections offer food for thought.

From Tearjerkers to Action-packed Superhero Thrillers | What’s Hot in YA

Melissa Kantor and Ava Dellaira’s YA titles will have readers reaching for tissues while Shannon Hale and Lamar Giles’s new books offer heart-pumping rides. Check out the latest from Lauren Oliver, Beth Kephart, and other “hot” titles for teens.

Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ […]

Pick of the Day: The Spindlers

OLIVER, Lauren. The Spindlers. illus. by Iacopo Bruno. 246p. HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-197808-1; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219025-3.
Gr 4-6–Patrick has always been a sweet, lovable child, but one morning Liza notices that her younger brother seems remote and somehow empty. Their parents are too preoccupied to notice, but Liza remembers eerie stories her beloved babysitter used to tell. She realizes that this not-Patrick is a changeling. Her real brother has been taken by the spindlers–spiderlike creatures that haunt […]