June 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Over 600 Teens Attend NYPL’s Annual Anti-Prom—A Night of Glitter, Fashion, & Acceptance

NYPL has hosted an alternative prom for teens in New York City for ever 14 years. The young adult programming manager give highlights from this year’s festive, inclusive event, which took place on June 8.

25 LGBTQAI+ Titles for Pride Month—and Onward

The 25 books here have received glowing reviews from SLJ throughout the previous year.

Teen Interns Get Innovative with Display Ideas at VA High School Library

Librarian interns at Western Albemarle High School use hot glue gun, metal washers, super magnets, and creativity to display student artwork in the library.

20 Books To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

We rounded up picture books, middle grade novels, and YA titles from the past year that either center the Caribbean American experience or are written by authors of Caribbean descent.

13 Manga Series To Share with Teens This Summer

This has been a bountiful year for manga, in terms of both quantity and quality, and there’s more on the way! Stock your shelves with these series, perfect for summer reading.

From “The Outsiders” to “The First Part Last”: A Margaret A. Edwards Award Time Line

Download this nifty visual and chronological representation of the history of young adult literature and the Margaret A. Edwards award in the context of literary, economic, and political milestones.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gentrification, Friendship, & Disappearing Black Girls in Tiffany D. Jackson’s “Monday’s Not Coming”

Tiffany D. Jackson discusses the inspirations for her latest work, a thriller about a black girl whose disappearance is noticed only by her best friend.

10 Ways To Avert the Summer Slide | Tech Tidbits

From fanfiction to QR codes, Phil Goerner offers tips and resources to help librarians working with teens to combat the summer slide.

“Mary Shelley” and Her Creature Return to the Screen | Movie Review

The author has the spotlight all to herself in the latest film retelling of the origins of Frankenstein. SLJ reviews the recent biopic about the teen author.

Mark Does YA: The Prolific Critic and Creator Talks About “Anger Is a Gift”

The debut author and creator of the “Mark Does Stuff” universe chats about his road to publication, teen activism, and what he’s working on next.

Catch a Wave with These YA Sports Titles | SLJ Spotlight

Four refreshing new additions to the world of YA sports fiction, with complex female protagonists.

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32 YA Titles for Every Day of Asian Pacific American History Month & Beyond

We’ve rounded up some of our recent YA favorites by and about people from the Asian/Pacific Islander diaspora. From a Korean-inspired sci-fi to the conclusion of Jenny Han’s romance trilogy, these works will keep all teens reading the whole month (and beyond).

Hitting the Road with Sheba Karim: The YA Author Talks Islamophobia, Identity, & Family

Sheba Karim discusses her riotously funny novel Mariam Sharma Hits the Road and what it’s like to write a road trip book from the perspective of a marginalized character.

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“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” Film Wows at Tribeca Film Festival

The smart and tough-minded screen adaptation of emily m. danforth’s acclaimed novel arrives this summer after premiering on the festival circuit. Here’s our movie review.

Dana L. Davis On Hollywood, Defying Stereotypes, & “Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now”

The debut YA author and actress shares what inspired her to write this tale of grief, family, and identity.

The Latest from Melissa de la Cruz, a “Peter Pan” Retelling, & More | May 2018 YA Xpress Reviews

A spy novel set during the Holocaust, a feminist Peter Pan, and more Alexander Hamilton.

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Teens Review Alternative History, Epic Fantasy, and More

The latest crop from our young adult reviewers includes ringing endorsements of Ash Princess, The Pros of Cons, and Living in Infamy.

Rachel Hawkins on Royal Weddings, #SexyHistory, and More

The YA author shares her fascination with royal weddings and history and what inspired her to write her Royals.

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Kelly Loy Gilbert Talks About Representation, “Picture Us in the Light,” & More

The YALSA Morris finalist shares how her latest YA novel features the kind of Asian American protagonists and community she longed to read about as a teen.

Erin E. Moulton & Melissa Marr On Rape in YA, Nonfiction, & “Things We Haven’t Said”

Librarian, author, and editor Erin E. Moulton and best-selling author Melissa Marr, a contributor to Things We Haven’t Said, chat about the writing process, harmful tropes in media, and more.