May 23, 2018

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41 Stellar Titles | January 2018

Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel Speak in graphic novel format; Vashti Harrison’s charming, informative exploration of black women throughout history; an audio edition of Philip Pullman’s much-anticipated latest.

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SLJ’s January 2018 Popular Picks

Harrison spotlights brave black women; two teen boys struggle with an evolving friendship; an aquatic twist on “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and more in our first 2018 Popular Picks!

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –A year has passed since the events of Scythe and Scythe Anastasia, once known as Citra Terranova, lives with her mentor, Scythe Marie Curie, and performs her gleanings in relative peace despite causing a rift in the Scythedom by giving her subjects a month to choose how they want to be gleaned, aka killed.

Scythe

Sometimes the world really does save the best for last. Because people? Scythe is amazing. I keep thinking about it. I unabashedly loved reading it in that can’t put it down way, but I also absolutely love it as a contender. It jumped the queue right into my top 5, and as the second to […]

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.”

Scythe by Neal Shusterman | SLJ Review

SHUSTERMAN, Neal. Scythe. 448p. ebook available. S. & S. Nov. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781442472426.

Gr 8 Up –In a world in which humanity has conquered death (no aging, no disease, no poverty, no war), ruled by the Thunderhead, an omniscient evolution of today’s cloud, Scythes are the only ones who are allowed to take a human life. They are considered to be the best humanity has to offer, and they roam the world “gleaning” people in order to […]

Opinion: Do We Honor Girls’ Stories? The Double Standard of YA Lit

Editor, blogger, former librarian Kelly Jensen asks why girls’ stories in YA often take a backseat to boys’ narratives during book awards season.

Neal Shusterman Takes NBA Prize for “Challenger Deep”

“I hope that ‘Challenger Deep’ will open up a dialogue about mental illness and [help it] lose its stigma,” Neal Shusterman said while accepting the National Book Award. The novel was inspired by his son Brendan’s experience with schizoaffective disorder.

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman HarperCollins, April 2015 Reviewed from a final copy Six starred reviews. One of the titles on the NBA longlist. This is a deeply personal story, one that has authenticity and hope. Although I’m still frantically reading 2015 titles, this is the book that has me excited at this point in the […]

Ten Titles Make Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

The 2015 longlist in the Young People’s Literature category includes a previous National Book Award winner and a two-time National Book Award finalist. Three novels are by debut authors.

It Merely Looks Like a Toaster: Fantasy Novels for Middle Schoolers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

Menacing appliances are just one part of the story in Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman’s adventure. Check out the next installments in Pete Hautman’s “Seven Wonders” and Catherine Fisher’s “Obsidian Mirror” series. Rebecca Hahn joins this elite group of fantasy authors with her debut novel for fans of Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.