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Blog Posts by Subject: Teen and Young Adult Literature

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 ›

Booktalking "Lizard Love" by Wendy Townsend

Grace loves reptiles. She paints snakes, Nile monitors and chameleons on her jacket. Walter at Fang and Claw, a reptile pet store, is jealous; he wishes that he had a jacket like hers.Read More ›

Eight Underrated Young Adult Fantasy Series

Fins, The Syrena Legacy, Lumatere Chronicles and more.Read More ›

Booktalking "Second Impact" by David Klass

Football is the lifeblood of this small Jersey town, and the administration does not react kindly to negative publicity about its prized sport.Read More ›

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 ›
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