June 17, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Summertime…and the Reading Is Easy

25 summer-themed titles for tweens and teens for reading all year ’round.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

YA A to Z: H is for Historical Fiction, a guest post by librarian Amanda Perez

Today in our YA A to Z series, new librarian Amanda Perez joins us to talk about Historical Fiction in YA Lit. Historical Fiction authors go through a great deal of research in order to present their readers with an accurate window into history.  The final product presented to teen readers is often a masterful […]

YA A to Z: All You Need are Dragons, a guest post by Cindy Shutts

Today for YA A to Z, guest poster Cindy Shutts is talking dragons! Dragons are beasts that have lived in the imagination of people all over the world and bring an element of mythology and world building to the canon of Young Adult Fiction. Patricia Wrede changed the role of dragons in Young Adult Fiction […]

A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday The Teen and I attended the HOPE NATION launch party at Irving Public Library. One of her best friends, a big reader and also the daughter of a YA librarian, was there with us as well. We were excited to learn more about this anthology, get copies signed, and to hear the authors share […]

A Recap of the HOPE NATION Launch Event at Irving Public Library – and a GIVEAWAY

Yesterday The Teen and I attended the HOPE NATION launch party at Irving Public Library. One of her best friends, a big reader and also the daughter of a YA librarian, was there with us as well. We were excited to learn more about this anthology, get copies signed, and to hear the authors share […]

Take 5: Five Reasons You Should Read THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater, seriously right now

I don’t typically read a lot of nonfiction, but I was blown away by The 57 Bus, which I stumbled onto by accident. I’m part of a book club and this Christmas, we played some book exchange game where everyone brought a book and we traded and what not. The 57 Bus was hands down […]

B is for Brothers *and* Sisters; a Take 5 List

Today is the last day of January, so it’s our last day with the Letter B (though we will still post something if we get it because we like this discussion). Today TLTer Heather Booth is discussing brothers (and sisters). If you are in a mixed gender sibling group, you might have noticed the relative […]

10 Books To Read After “The Hate U Give”

Ten more YA titles that explore the lives of Black teens, police brutality, and systemic racism.

#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles

#ARCParty: A Look at Some January 2018 #YALit Titles// The Teen, The Bestie and I met recently to take a look at some upcoming YA Lit releases. This time we looked specifically at January 2018 releases (yes, it’s time to look at 2018 titles already, I know! Where did the year go.) For new readers, […]

YALLFEST Recap by Michelle Biwer

I had the pleasure of attending YALLFest a few weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. YALLFest is the largest Young Adult literature festival in the US, featuring over 70 Young Adult authors and numerous publishers. I had a blast at this conference for a few reasons: ALL YALLFest events are out in the city of […]

Malinda Lo and Stephanie Perkins On Genre Hopping, Slasher Films, and More

YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Malinda Lo share what inspired them to venture to the scary side, how their writing process changed, and their feelings on “unlikable” characters.

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.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | SLJ Review

A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts.

2017 SLJTeen Live! Tackles Social Justice, YA Lit, and Coding

SLJ’s sixth annual virtual conference on all things teen took place on August 9, 2017. The archive and Storify for the free, all-day event is now available.

New Releases and Mini Reviews: Little & Lion, The Bakersville Dozen, and The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Today is a good day for book releases, as apparently all the recent books I have chosen to read release today. Is it fate? Destiny? Hard to say. Let’s dive right in, shall we. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Two step-siblings who were closer than close are reunited after one, Little (the female) spends […]

Chris Russell On Boy Bands, YA Lit, and “Songs About a Girl”

From London, Russell spoke to SLJ about how he came to write YA (he’s in the band The Lightyears) and the period he spent writing gossip updates for a One Direction fan site.