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Blog Posts by Subject: Teen and Young Adult Literature

Booktalking "The Half Life of Molly Pierce" by Katrina Leno

A fascinating and realistic portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).Read More ›

Eerie Reads for Lovers of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls pressed all my philosopher-librarian buttons and I couldn't get enough of it, so here's some more dark, atmospheric YA lit that doesn’t forget the importance of finding your place in the world.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

Our Best Books for Teens committee has been busy reading and reviewing 2016 titles. Here are a few of their favorite new fiction titles.Read More ›

Remembering the Chills and Thrills of Lois Duncan, YA Lit Icon

Pioneering Young Adult author, Lois Duncan passed away on June 6th at the age of 82. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 30 - 45 years since many of her teen novels were first published and they continue to have the power to spark the imagination and send shivers down the spine. If you haven't read one yet or read one lately, now's your chance. Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

Who would have imagined a trend in YA literature toward realistic, character-driven, and emotionally intense stories? If that is up your alley, we have some recommendations for you.Read More ›

GLBT Book Month: Identity as a Detail, Not Feature

Here are some stories where this is a detail about the character—not the main focus of the story.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

2016 is serving up a feast of new YA fiction. Browse titles NYPL staff recommend.Read More ›

YA Authors take on #DCcomics #NationalSuperheroDay

As a huge fan of Wonder Woman and Catwoman, I'm excited to share that YA authors Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Matt de la Peña take on #DCcomics #NationalSuperheroDay. Read More ›

Booktalking "Every You, Every Me" by David Levithan

Evan cannot escape Ariel's memory: the way she smiled, the moments that they shared together, what she meant to him. Could he have done more? Read More ›

Teen Author Festival 2016: Authors in Conversation

Teen Author Festival NYC is a week-long event that occurs in March of every year. It was great to see so many authors together engaged in a discussion about their craft.Read More ›

Feminist YA Fiction

Novels that feature strong, female characters who either confront sexism, defy the patriarchal order, subvert gender expectations or celebrate female solidarity, or all of the above.Read More ›

Mind Wipes and Missing Memories in Teen Fiction

Missing memories in fantasy and science fiction: in these books the characters’ minds are wiped with drugs, surgery, rays, or mysterious techniques that we can’t even imagine.Read More ›

"People Still Write Letters?" Top 10 YA Epistolary Novels

Why can't epistolary novels also take the form of journals, newspaper clippings, blog posts, Twitter and Facebook posts?Read More ›

Get Creative for Teen Tech Week!

Want to play with LEGOs, coding and Snapchat? We have the books for you. This week we are celebrating teen creativity and technology at the library.Read More ›

Go, Go, Girl Detectives

Eight to 12 year olds are prime candidates for fun detective stories—and Nancy Drew isn’t the only game in town anymore! So we’ve compiled a list of series starring girl sleuths, for kids of any gender.Read More ›

All American Boys: The Real Best YA Book of 2015

We've seen a surge of YA on difficult topics in recent years, such as depression or gender identity or even coping with school shootings. One that definitely stood out for me was All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely. Read More ›

Booktalking "Can You See Me Now?" by Estela Bernal

Amanda writes letters to her dead father. She tells him about her dreams and aspirations. She informs him of her challenges. Read More ›

Growing Up With Judy Blume

When I was a kid, Judy Blume was one of the most important people I had never met. I enjoyed many books she’d written, but it was Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret that I read more times than any other book. By the time I got a little older and started reading Deenie, she’d become my unofficial guide for what I should expect in the milestones of my life. Read More ›

"The Year of the Rat" by Clare Furniss

Pearl had a good life until childbirth unexpectedly stole her mother from her. Read More ›

Our YA Movie Wishlist

Hollywood has officially gone YA, and blockbusters that started as young-adult fiction abound. So, we asked our team of expert librarians for their wishlists: What’s a YA book you’d like to see turned into a movie, and whom would you cast in the leading role?Read More ›
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