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Blog Posts by Subject: Teen and Young Adult Literature

'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 ›

Get Away from It All: Seven Escapist YA Books

Escapist YA picks that transport readers to faraway lands.Read More ›

Break Out the S’Mores: YA Goes to Camp

Whether teens are dashing headlong into the wilderness or shipped off against their will, summer camp provides the perfect backdrop for YA adventure, romance, and drama.Read More ›

10 New YA Romances That Will Give You Feels

I've rated the following books by the amount of swooning involved and the magnitude of life lessons.Read More ›

So You've Read "Paper Towns," Now What?

Here are other books filled with friends, road trips, elusive and mysterious dream girls (and dream boys) who force us out of our comfort zones and universal truths about life, love and living in the moment.Read More ›

Trapped! A Booklist For Teens

Imagine being trapped somewhere with little to no chance for escape. Maybe you can’t get out of your school during an intense snowstorm. Maybe you’re locked inside a windowless room. Maybe you’re trapped in a coffin. Maybe you’re stuck in what FEELS like a coffin, but you can’t tell because it’s so dark that you can’t see anything. You can only hear the sound of someone walking back and forth somewhere above you… someone who’s been waiting for you to wake up. Read More ›

Booktalking "A Matter of Heart" by Amy Fellner

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, HCM, or a heart murmur: Whatever you call it, it could mean the death of Abby Lipman's competitive swim career.Read More ›
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