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Ten YA Retellings of Beauty and the Beast

You know that romantic tale of one fair maiden and a prince who has been cursed to look like a beast. The love of the young woman helps to free the prince from the curse and he becomes a handsome young men once again. Here are several retellings of the fairy tale that appeal to modern day teens.Read More ›

Booktalking "My Thirteenth Winter" by Samantha Abeel

Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability. Samantha Abeel was caught in the crossfire between her complete inability to perform simple mathematical calculations or read music (which is related to math) and her extreme creativity with writing and vivid imagination. Read More ›

Five YA Books You Seriously Need to Read

It doesn't matter what you normally read. Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, romance, non-fiction... these are books that you seriously need to read right now. Read More ›

Finding the Right Nonfiction Book For You

Reading nonfiction books can open your eyes to different subjects and make you see them in a new light, and I’m not just saying that because I haven’t eaten a burger from McDonald’s since I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Reading nonfiction books can change your perspective in both small and profound ways. Read More ›

Selma Reading List

A reading list for all ages to accompany the movie Selma.Read More ›

Booktalking "Trapped" by Michael Northrop

No heat, no water, no cell phone reception... and no help on the way.Read More ›

Even More of My Favorite Teen Books From 2014

I spent a huge portion of the last several months cramming my head full of teen books for several committees. You can see the results of my work with my NYPL colleagues in our Best Books For Teens 2014 list. But there were a few books that didn’t make the cut for that list and a few books I read after that committee was over that really deserve some love and attention, so I wanted to share some of those titles with you.Read More ›

The Legacy of Walter Dean Myers

What made Walter Dean Myers stand out was his tireless belief that the telling and reading of all kinds of stories mattered, that teens mattered, communities and families mattered, and that libraries and librarians mattered.Read More ›

14 Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2015

With the New Year come many new book releases. Here are some recommendations of some YA and adult books coming soon: Read More ›

A Blast From the Past: Exploring Our YA Archives

It all started when I was looking for material for our Tumblr’s Teen Throwback Thursday posts. I suddenly remembered that I had access to a lot of retro YA material, including some stuff that’s older than I am. I’ll give you a moment to wrap your head around that idea.Read More ›

A Sucker for Romance: 2014 YA Books Guaranteed to Make You Swoon!

Romance titles that didn't make our Top 25, but that will still make your heart go pitter-pat.Read More ›

Other Great YA Books

Our reader asked: "I have read and loved all the popular YA books out there: We Were Liars, If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars... What else do you have for me?"Read More ›

14 Realistic (and Real Life) Titles for Teens

Realistic YA books free of vampires, paranormal beings, zombies, and governments out to brainwash the masses. Read More ›

Best Books for Teens 2014!

The list includes a selection of 25 novels, non-fiction books, and graphic novels chosen by a committee of Young Adult librarians who work with teens in NYPL’s neighborhood branches. Read More ›

Poetry + Fiction For Teens

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately for several committees including NYPL’s Best Books For Teens 2014 (coming later this month -- stay tuned!) When I looked back over all the young adult books I read this year, I definitely noticed a recurring theme of poetry. Read More ›

Four by One Direction: A Track by Track (Sort of) Review

A track by track review of their new album, by a “1D AF.”Read More ›

11 YA Books That I Can't Wait to See On Screen

In the past few years many YA books have been successfully turned into films. Here are the next handful to get screen treatment.Read More ›

Great Historical Fiction for Teens, Just in Time for Autumn!

I don't know what it is about autumn but it puts me in the mood for history. Inspired by Octavian Nothing, here is a list of other historical fiction for teens.Read More ›

The Best YA Books I Read in 2014

One staff member's picks for the best young adult books this year.Read More ›

Booktalking "Paper Daughter" by Jeanette Ingold

Maggie Chen, 16-year-old summer intern at the Herald newspaper, follows in her journalist father's footsteps. She gets caught up in the fascinating flurry of activity in the newsroom, investigating a suspicious death with one of the reporters, which seems to be connected with her own father's demise.Read More ›
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