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Blog Posts by Subject: Teen and Young Adult Literature

Spotlight on Author Kristin Cashore

Graceling is set in the seven kingdoms a land where people who are born with magical powers are called “Gracelings.” Read More ›

The Young Elites by Marie Lu and Proxy by Alex London

Author Marie Lu describes her new novel as an inspired mixture of X-Men, Game of Thrones and Assassin’s Creed 2! The novel, The Young Elites, is set during a 1300s Renaissance Italy, inspired dystopian land. The novel tells the tale of Adelina Amouteru.Read More ›

Six YA Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2015

Romance and fantasy to look forward to next year.Read More ›

Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders in Teen Fiction

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so I thought that this was the ideal time to share some books from our young adult fiction shelves on this painful subject.Read More ›

Lives of the Famous and Infamous: Collective Biographies For Teens

Some of my favorite nonfiction books to recommend to teenagers are collective biographies, which provide information about different people who were famous for different reasons. They’re good for homework, good for browsing, and good for spontaneously discovering people you’ve never heard of before.Read More ›

Booktalking "Ultraviolet" by R. J. Anderson

Alison Jeffries wakes up at St. Luke's Hospital, her mind foggy from psychotropic meds. From there, it's to Pine Hills, or "Fine Pills," as fellow patients have christened the psychiatric hospital.Read More ›

Three Underrated Young Adult Fantasy Series

These books are nowhere near as popular as The Hunger Games or The Fault in Our Stars but they are worth a read.Read More ›

Booktalking "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Miller has a probation officer now. Apparently, this makes him a lot cooler at school. At least beautiful Bethany Milbury seems to think so.Read More ›

Booktalking "Somebody Up There Hates You" by Hollis Seamon

They've got spirit; they're not depressed. 17-year-old Richie and 15-year-old Sylvie think that they are in love; they have terminal cancer, and they live in hospice care. Every minute they can find, Richie and Sylvie spend together. Read More ›

My Fall Reading List: YA Series from Marie Lu and More

I would recommend the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu to anyone, teen or adult.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Death-Struck Year" by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Berry is a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Oregon in 1918 when her school closes due to the Spanish influenza epidemic. In order to stave off boredom, she signs up to volunteer with the Red Cross. Read More ›

Reading IS Fun! Teen Summer Reading at Battery Park

Teens had a great summer at Battery Park. Our Teen Advisory Group met for snacks, conversation, and book discussion. Nick, Dhruv and Caleb made an awesome video about Summer Reading that got the whole staff laughing—come to a TAG meeting and check it out! This fall we'll be meeting Thursdays at 4 p.m. Read More ›

Booktalking "Everything You Want" by Barbara Shoup

Emma never imagined that her psychology class goose, Freud, would be her ticket to the good life. She and her family spend an anxious sleepless night waiting to turn in a winning lotto ticket at the convenience store when it opens at 8 a.m.Read More ›

Back to School Fashion for 2014

The summer is almost over, time to head back school! With a new school year, comes a new look, a new style or a fashion trend to try.Read More ›

Booktalking "Catalyst" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Kate Malone is a super-charged high school senior, long-distance runner, and she has her heart set on attending MIT. No other college will do. At her school, everyone is defined by their grade point averages and college destinations. Kate, with her brother Toby, minister father, Siamese cat Sophia, and black lab Mr. Spock, take on the world. National Honor Society member and perfectionist, Kate's thoughts run a mile a minute. Read More ›

Booktalking "What We Lost" by Sara Zarr

Being raised by a pastor must be a dream come true, right? Not if your alcoholic mother is in rehab. Samara's father seems more present for the parishioners than for his own daughter.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lucy Variations" by Sara Zarr

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Beck-Moreau is a former concert pianist who quit. No more piano for Lucy, not even for fun. This contrasts starkly with her 10-year-old brother Gustav, who now studies with Will and spends many practice hours at the keyboard.Read More ›

Booktalking "How to Save a Life" by Sara Zarr

"Do you have a heart that needs a home? I have a home in need of a heart." Robin posted this query on a random adoption web site in hopes of finding a baby to love. Mandy clicked on it.Read More ›

Booktalking "Want to Go Private?" by Sarah Littman

Fourteen-year-old Abby is starting ninth grade, and nothing is more comforting to her than venting about her daily trials and tribulations to BlueSkyBoi, aka Luke Redmond, on chezteen.com. Read More ›

YA Microtrends: Russian Historical Fiction

Earlier this year I read a young adult novel called The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford. Then more recently I read Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick and Sekret by Lindsay Smith, and I started thinking … hang on … is Russian historical fiction a “thing” now? Read More ›
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