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Write On! Great YA Books To Inspire Teens To Write

Got writers block? Some creative inspiration from the library.Read More ›

Lost in Place: Middle School Novels Set in NYC

Here are a few contemporary titles that capture that sense of young, daring adventure in NYC.Read More ›

The Hunger Games Is Over, Now What? 10 Books to Take Its Place

    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: Alison Sekemento, a vampire, must pass as a human in order to stay with a group of rebels who are in search for a legend, a possible cure that for the disease that killed off most of human civilization. If you're not sick of vampires, a great readalike book for dystopian readers.
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NYPL TeenLIVE: Adam Silvera Returns to the Bronx at Francis Martin Library

October 21 was a great day for the Bronx. Why, you might ask? Because debut author Adam Silvera got the opportunity to speak to teens from his neck of the boroughs since the release of More Happy Than Not.Read More ›

Seeing Double: Twins in Teen Fiction

Over the last few years while I’ve been reading young adult books for our Best Books For Teens committee, I noticed many books featuring twins as characters. Sometimes they had a strong emotional or spiritual connection, sometimes their personalities were total opposites of each other, and sometimes they could even impersonate each other. Here are ten YA novels featuring twins—sometimes as friends, sometimes as enemies, but always as family.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Latino Literature on October 31, 2015

I was excited to learn about Latino literature for youth on October 31 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. We had some very interesting panelists, including Daniel Jose Older, Adam Silvera, Sonia Manzano, Torrey Maldonado, and Crystal Velasquez. Read More ›

'All American Boys' Authors Visit West Farms

It was all over a bag of chips. Rashad found himself on the floor of the bodega being beaten by a cop. Quinn, a high school classmate, saw it all from outside the window. Read More ›

Booktalking "After" by Francine Prose

Following a shooting at a neighboring school, things begin to change at Central High.Read More ›

Booktalking "Another Day" by David Levithan

A inhabits a different body every day of his/her life. A gets the opportunity to experience vastly different people's lives and to forever alter them for better or worse.Read More ›

Paranoia, the Devil, and Witchcraft: Books on the Salem Witch Trials

Why did this happen and how could it have happened? You’ll have to read the accounts, the theories and stories and figure that part out for yourself. The following are recommended nonfiction and fiction books on the topic from children’s, YA and adult collections.Read More ›

Literary Getaways for Teen Read Week

During Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association encourages teens to pick up a new book and get away, so we're offering up five YA selections from our Staff Picks that involve adventure and literary escape. Read More ›

Middle Grade Horror

Much like kids love the thrill they feel on a rollar coaster, young readers seek out books that appeal to their sense of terror and excitement. Browse this selection of quality scary, spine-chlling, unnerving books for middle grade readers.Read More ›

Battling Bullying

We're thinking about Malfoy effect during National Bullying Prevention Month, and we’ve come up with six recently published titles that feature bullies in the roles of both antagonist and—unexpectedly—protagonist.Read More ›

Booktalking "No Such Person" by Caroline Cooney

Lander is the type of person that everyone walks on egg shells around. Including her sister, Miranda. Read More ›

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster is a book that will make you “think about all the tomorrows of your life.” Read More ›

Five YA Favorites for Hispanic Heritage Month

A list of our five favorite young-adult books written by Hispanic authors, whose protagonists are shaping how teens see identity, race, and growing up.Read More ›

Back to (a Different Kind of) School

Five YA back-to-school stories with ethereal characters and otherworldly settings.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Summer I Found You" by Jolene Perry

Dating your best friend's cousin is a murky business that Kate is not sure that she wants to venture into. Read More ›

Summer of Steampunk

High adventure, gears and gadgets, fantastical inventions, Victorian-era settings (or not)… the rise of steampunk gives authors of young-adult fiction rich new ground to tread.Read More ›

Booktalking "White Lines" by Jennifer Banash

Seventeen-year-old Cat exists in a netherworld between the banalities of high school and the night club life. Read More ›
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