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#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

Falsely accused of murdering her stepsister, seventeen-year-old Dee fights to survive paid assassins on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media.

Wildcardby Marie Lu

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Knowing the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she is determined to put a stop to his plans. But someone has put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, and the Thunderhead is not pleased.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older …
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The 2019 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced today. Congratulations to the below books that have made the list: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson  Pet by Akwaeke Emezi  A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, illus. by Julia Kuo  Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illus. by Alexander Nabaum  Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay  Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them Allby Laura Ruby 1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler  Out of Salemby Hal Schrieve  Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable, illus. by Ellen T. Crenshaw  Read more details about the longlist, the final announcement date and ceremony on Publishers Weekly here.

Six Great YA BookTubers

by Kelly Jensen SLJ June 2019

These excellent, engaging BookTubers focus the bulk of their channels on talking all things young adult.

Francina Simone

An author and all-around book enthusiast , Simone not only talks about the books she loves and has been reading but also digs deep into the news and hot topics of discussion in the YA literature world.  Some of her most popular videos include an exploration of sex in YA as it relates to books like those by Sarah J. Mass, the things she dislikes about YA, and what it means when content is (or is not) problematic. She's outspoken and honest.

Ellias (formerly Brandon the Bookworm)

With a mix of emotional honesty and vulnerable videos and a wicked love for all things YA, Ellias's BookTube is a great channel for readers who want a full picture of a book lover within and beyond their passion for reading.  Ellias's introductory video is a must watch, as it explains why he's changed the name of his BookTube channel, as well as his…

Otherworld Gaming: Two Top Picks

SLJ 7/2019 by Thomas Knowlton

Pick number one- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

In its aesthetic, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base. $19.99; Grade 6 & Up)
draws from the lighter side of anime (think of shows like Sailor Moon), presenting a science fiction universe filled with pinks, purples, and space bunnies- who shoot rainbows out of the chests to open locked gates.

What makes this cooperative, multiplayer video game particularly challenging and fun to play with middle schoolers is the way in which it implicitly demands that players work together to pilot a giant, unwieldy spacecraft through a hostile world.

Although a single player (with a computer-controlled pet) can take on this task, this title shines when four players are communicating and working together completely in sync, warning each other of incoming  dangers and cheering when they finally clear a level.

Rather than giving players the feeling of control, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime allows only one pla…

Native Stories- Books for tweens and teens by and about Indigenous peoples

SLJ August 2019 by Kara Stewart and Dr. Debbie Reese

Middle School
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day- 2019

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer- 2016

Makoons by Louise Erdich- 2016

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell- 2019

When a Ghost Talks, Listen by Tim Tingle- 2018

Young Adult

This Place: 15 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and others- 2019
Voices of Native America by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale- 2017
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline- 2017
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth- 2018
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley- 2018
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith- 2018
Fire Starters by Jen Storm- 2017
These wonderful titles will help readers understand Indigenous life and culture.  They include historical and contemporary fiction as well as anthologies, graphic novels, and speculative science fiction.

Teen Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Honored With Stunning Street Art Mural

By Lee Moran

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been immortalized in a gigantic new street art mural. Aerosol artist Jody Thomas finished his portrait of the 16-year-old schoolgirl from Sweden on the side of the 15-meter-high Tobacco Factory building in his home city of Bristol, southwest England, on Wednesday.

“She’s very much in the limelight, very current, very contemporary and she’s obviously clearly leading a very, very important issue which affects all of us on the planet,” Thomas told HuffPost.

“She has a very fearless style, tells it exactly how it is and lets everyone have it with both barrels,” added Thomas, who attended the city’s famed Barton Hill Aerosol Art Project at the same time as Banksy in the 1980s. The mural forms part of the Upfest Summer Editions, which is taking place across Bristol until October. The full Upfest, Europe’s largest live street art festival, usually takes place in the Bedminster and Southville neighborhoods during the final week…

Forget Screen Time. Here Are 25 Best Podcasts For Kids

By Frannie Ucciferri As screen time concerns are on the rise, many parents are turning to podcasts as a fun (and often educational) way to engage kids — without the screen. But as children’s audio content has flooded the airwaves, it can be a challenge to find the good stuff that’s also appropriate. Luckily we’ve discovered some excellent kid-friendly podcasts that you and your family will love listening to. (For more age-targeted picks, try these podcasts for little kids or these favorites with tweens and teens.) If you’re not super familiar with how to “do” podcasts, check out this guide which has everything you need to get started, including a list of podcast players. Check out these 25 awesome picks for kids — including perfect bedtime stories, science exploration, cool news and more. For the whole family But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids Kids are always asking seemingly simple questions that have surprisingly complex answers, such as “Why is the sky blue?” and “Who inve…