May 23, 2018

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Close Encounters: Leah Thomas Chats About “When Light Left Us”

The Morris Award finalist shares what inspired her latest sci-fi mash-up, the soundtrack that helped her keep writing, and what she’s working on next.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2018

Our reviews of this year’s YMA winners, as well as past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

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.

SLJ Reviews of the YMA Winners | ALA Midwinter 2017

Our reviews of the YMA titles, plus past interviews with the authors and illustrators.

Librarians Shown Love at YALSA’s Morris/Nonfiction Awards | ALA Midwinter 2015

A Chicago blizzard prevented many of the authors of the recognized titles from attending the Morris/Nonfiction awards, but Morris winner Isabel Quintero managed to take the stage, and Nonfiction winner Maya Van Wagenen gave librarians a shout out via video.

Coretta Scott King Book Grant; ALSC’s Graphic Novel Reading Lists | News Bites

In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.

Morris Award Winner!

The Morris Award Winner was announced at the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter 2014.   The Winner: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. From my review: “Charm & Strange is a brilliant look at a damaged child, and the teenager he becomes. It’s […]


SPONSORED: We Love YA Griffin Teen and Award-Winners | Promo

Congrats to Eleanor & Park, which has been named a 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and Charm & Strange, which has been named the 2014 winner of the William C. Morris Award. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.

Morris Award Shortlist

YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; see YALSA’s the Hub for the list of finalists and the official annotations. The five finalists, with my comments, are: Charm & Strange written by Stephanie Kuehn, published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. I just got this from […]

Morris Finalists

This past December, YALSA announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. Edited to add: The Award went to Seraphina by Rachel Hartman! You can get more information on the Morris Award at the YALSA website. I’ve had the chance to read and review all the books, and let me say, it’s going to […]

Review: Love And Other Perishable Items

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo. Alfred A. Knopf, Random House. 2012. Review copy from publisher. YALSA Morris Award Finalist. The Plot: Amelia, fifteen, is in love with Chris. Chris is her co-worker at the local supermarket. Chris is twenty-one years old. Chris is finishing up university, trying to get over Michaela, figuring out what […]

Review: After the Snow

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Finalist for the YASLA Morris Award. The Plot: Willo is watching and listening and waiting. Willo was born after the weather changed, after the seas dried up and the snow kept coming and coming, and people got […]

YALSA Morris Award Shortlist

YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
From YALSA’s the Hub, the five finalists are:
Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby, published by Published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s […]

More Roundup (Debut Style!)

Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, Kat Rosenfield
Dutton, May 2012
Reviewed from ARC
Buzz and anticipation, impressive writing, and a whole that ends up not quite hitting it out of the park — haven’t we heard this story before?
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone has some really magnificent sentence level writing. Some of the best out there […]

Middle Age Girl Power: Grave Mercy vs The Wicked and the Just

Grave Mercy and The Wicked and the Just are, in so many ways, polar opposites.
But how often do we see YA books set in the Middle Ages? Not very, which makes it almost impossible not to think of these in a compare and contrast essay. So that’s what you get.
Both feature strong female heroines, well […]

Flying High: The Improbable True Tale of Debut Novelist John Corey Whaley

It was a surprisingly warm day in Dallas as John Corey Whaley stood at the American Library Association’s (ALA) January midwinter meeting still “in complete shock,” looking like a guy who’d just hit the daily double.

Who could blame him?