March 22, 2018

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Take 5: Using YA Lit to Talk Government, Power, Politics, Corruption and More (An #SJYALit Book List)

A few years ago, I believe it was Cory Doctorow who Tweeted that no one discusses politics in literature anymore. Which struck me, at the time, as an odd statement because it was the height of YA Dystopian, which arguably is all about power and politics. It could also have been someone other then Cory […]

Living with Ghosts: Nina LaCour on “We Are Okay”

Award-winning author Nina LaCour discusses her latest YA novel, “We Are Okay,” a lyrical look at a teen’s attempt to cope with past trauma.

Teens Review Zana Fraillon’s “The Bone Sparrow,” New Fantasy, and More

The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group weigh in about Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow, new fantasy titles, and Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet, among other recent releases.

Finding an Authentic Teenage Voice, a guest post by author Amy S. Foster

One of the main reasons that I wrote The Rift Uprising was because I felt like the label ‘Young Adult’ had become a bit of a misnomer. The first YA novel I ever read was Judy Blume’s Forever. Forever IS NOT Are You There God It’s Me Margaret? It deals with very mature themes, tackling […]

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.”

Teens Review Neal Shusterman’s “Scythe,” New Nonfiction, and More

Check out what the members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group think about Neal Shusterman’s Scythe, Cassandra Clare’s latest fantasy, and Catherine Reef’s Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, among other titles.

Teens Review New Historical Fiction, “The Sun Is Also a Star,” and More

The Kitsap YA reviewers take on new titles, including Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature finalist.

Nicola Yoon and Julie Buxbaum Talk Up YA Lit, National Book Awards, and More

Two notable YA authors interview each other about their latest works, upcoming projects, and love for teen lit—especially romances.


During the 3rd and final debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump called Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”. Many women have remarked that this is the sexism that powerful women face on a daily basis. If being a strong, confident and powerful woman makes you a “nasty woman”, what YA lit books would a “nasty […]

SLJ Chats with Helena Coggan, Teen Author of “The Catalyst”

The 17-year-old author discusses her dark, suspenseful YA debut, set in a magical world torn apart by war.

Take 5: YA Lit Titles for Makers and MakerSpaces

Collection development is an active process in which I, like all librarians, actively seek to build balanced collections of all types of books. Because we have an active and popular Teen MakerSpace, one of the things I actively look for are “maker” related books. These can be books that include any type of maker related […]

What I Learned About “Representation Matters” While Reading BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles

By the time I graduated high school, I had attended 9 separate schools in three different states. Every time I would start a new school the first question everyone asks, after what’s your name, is “where are you from?” I have no good answer to this question. I am from nowhere and everywhere. I am […]

Stephanie Kuehn on the Unreliable Narrator, Mental Health, and “The Smaller Evil”

The YALSA/Morris Award winner and SLJTeen Live speaker continues to spin unnerving tales; SLJ chats with her about her latest YA.

11 YA Thrillers That Would Make Lois Duncan Proud

The queen of the teen thriller died on June 15, and the YA world will never be the same. In remembrance of Lois Duncan, we share recent YA thrillers that share the same suspense, plot twists, and unforgettable characters that Duncan is celebrated for.

#MHYALit: My Definition of Crazy, a guest post by author Lois Metzger

Today as part of the #MHYALit Discussion we are honored to host author Lois Metzger. Her newest book, Change Places with Me, will be released tomorrow. You can read all the #MHYALit posts here. I’m at my bedroom window, looking out at the building across the way.  Unbelievably, it’s on fire.  I can see a […]

36 Mature Reads for Older Teens

As rising seniors and college-bound high school graduates finish off the school year, the following works will keep them intrigued during the summer months.

Teens Review Amanda Sun’s “Heir to the Sky,” Summer Thrillers, and More

The reviewers at the Kitsap Regional Library branches may be steeped in finals, but that hasn’t stopped them from delving deep into the latest Spring/Summer YA titles.

Debut Author Meredith Russo on Trans Teens in YA Lit and “If I Was Your Girl”

SLJ chats with debut author Meredith Russo about her first book for teens If I Was Your Girl, what librarians can do about North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, and the ups and downs of being a published author.

Sumer #YALit #ARCParty

  A look at some upcoming May, June and July ARCs of YA Lit TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Getting ready to start an #aRCParty with The Teen & Bestie to look at some upcoming new releases. Tue, Apr 26 2016 21:44:53 ReplyRetweetFavorite TeenLibrarianToolbox@TLT16 Here’s how it works: they’ll read the back of each book out loud & share […]

Recently in Book Mail + a Giveaway

The following are books that have arrived here recently. I’ll be reviewing many of them in the upcoming months. Head on over to the Rafflecopter to be entered to win one package of three books from this list! You can also enter by retweeting this post or following me (@CiteSomething) on Twitter! US entries only, […]