March 19, 2018

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SLJ Young Adult Reviews

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Teens Review the Latest from Mercedes Lackey, Laura Amy Schlitz, and Roland Smith

From a superhero-themed YA to a sci-fi retelling of Moby Dick, the following titles have the reviewers of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group buzzing

Teens Review the Latest from Erin Bow, Gary Schmidt, and More

The reviewers of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group laud upcoming titles by Erin Bow, Gary Schmidt, A.S. King, and others for their diversity, heartrending twists, and thought-provoking endings.

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.

Teens Review the Latest from Leigh Bardugo, Hannah Moskowitz, and More

From a new volume set in the Grisha universe to a gripping nonfiction title about Typhoid Mary, the titles reviewed by Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group offer spell-binding plots and action-packed pacing.

Teens Review a Western, Sci-Fi, and a “Maze Runner” Read-Alike

The members of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group are knee-deep in summer reading. They cover the gamut of genres in this column—from sci-fi to romance.

Teens Review David Levithan’s “Another Day,” an Interracial Romance, and More

The members of the Kitsap Young Adult Group have dived into summer reading in full force. Check out their thoughts on David Levithan’s sequel to Every Day and upcoming horror and realistic fiction titles.

Teens Review Band-Themed Romance, Holocaust Nonfiction, and More

From a historical account of the horrific personal stories of people who were tortured in concentration camps during the Holocaust to a breezy romance about a teen band, the following works reviewed by the teens of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group run the gamut of YA offerings.

Teens Review the Next “Fault in Our Stars,” a “Sweet” Horror Tale, and More

The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. One young adult loved Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word so much, she had to write her review in capital letters to come close to capturing her enthusiasm for it.

Teens Review Murder Mysteries, a Feminist Cinderella, and a Noah Webster Bio

The reviewers from the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group share their thoughts on upcoming teen literature. From a creepy retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to an even scarier serial killer mystery, these books will give young adults chills during the summer months.

Teens Review a Steampunk Sequel, a “Gone Girl”–Like YA, and More

Paranormal romances don’t seem to be waning, and a realistic fiction title was received quite differently by two young critics. The young adult reviewers, part of the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA book groups near Seattle, offer honest insight into some of the latest titles for teens.

Teens Review Michael Buckley’s YA Debut, Sarah Ockler’s Latest, and More

Sci-fi featuring aliens surfacing from the shores of Coney Island and a paranormal mystery with a Muslim American teen sleuth are just some of the titles the Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group is reading and reviewing.

Teens Review Beach Reads, Tearjerkers, and Humorous YA

Check out the latest assessments from SLJ’s resident teen reviewers, including Amy Spalding’s hilarious Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and Sarah Benwell’s The Last Leaves Falling.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA

From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

Teens Review “Twilight,” “Lord of the Rings” Readalikes, and More

Check out a second take on The Witch Hunter and an interesting twist on a dystopian society based on personal debt; in Hit, paybacks can be fatal. None of the books on this list are quite like the other. Teen reviewers share their thoughts.

Secrets Sad and True in Henry Turner’s “Ask the Dark” | Interview

Henry Turner’s debut YA novel Ask the Dark forces readers to consider life as it happens at the edge of their consciousness. SLJTeen caught up with the author to chat about his writing process.

Teens Review the Latest from David Almond, Elizabeth Wein, and More

Elizabeth Wein and David Almond place readers in new and unusual settings in their latest offerings, Black Dove White Raven and The Tightrope Walkers. And unsurprisingly, power struggles are at the heart of The Witch Hunter, The Winner’s Crime, and Powerless, a theme that continues to run through teens’ favorite reads.

Intelligent Machines: Robots in Film and Teen Fiction

Catch the eye of teens who love movie and TV robots with a lineup of titles that run diagnostics on coming-of-age themes and personhood conundrums while also providing plenty of gear-turning, technology-pushing, cyborg-centered action.

Heartrending YA Novels by Blockbuster Female Authors

From fan favorites like Holly Black and Gayle Forman to newcomer Aisha Saeed, the following female authors have created works that attest to the power of the imagination and world-building. The editors at Junior Library Guild share these powerful favorites.

Aliens, Mean Girls, and “Speak” Readalikes | What’s Hot in YA

From Michael Buckley’s alien-infested YA debut to poigant exlorations on sexual violence and mental illness, the following titles for teens will keep young people coming back for more.

Growing Up in a Cult | SLJ Spotlight

Four titles that deflty tackle the unusual, unsettling topic of teens growing up in cultlike envinronments.