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Stuff for the Teen Age


The best in teen books and media. See our Best Books for Teens of 2014!

For 80 years, New York Public Library staff shared the best titles for teens in an annual list called Books for the Teen Age. In 2009, Books for the Teen Age became Stuff for the Teen Age, a multimedia, multi-format, targeted, and teen-tested list of the best of the year in teen books, music, graphic novels, movies, games, and more.

In 2010, Stuff for the Teen Age became a blog. We post lists, recommendations, and variety of other topics related to teen books and media.

Write On! Great YA Books To Inspire Teens To Write

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

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 ›

12 YA Books I Can't Wait To Read In 2016

I love new books and continuations to my favorite series. Here are some recommendations of books I can’t wait to read next year.Read More ›

DIY: How to Make a Papier Mâché Elephant

A step-by-step guide for creating your own elephant, courtesy of the staff at the Throg's Neck Library!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 ›

Staff Picks: Drowned City by Don Brown

Every month, library staff members are bringing you 100 books we love, culled from the millions upon millions out in the world.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 ›

10 Awesome Quotes from The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath And The Dawn is an innovative retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. Here are some of my favorite moments of the epic tale.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 ›

Get Away from It All: Seven Escapist YA Books

Escapist YA picks that transport readers to faraway lands.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 ›

Soak Up the Sun with Award-Winning Nonfiction!

Why not use the summer to catch up on some Award-Winning Nonfiction?Read More ›

New LGBTQ Picks for Teens

NYC Pride is almost here, and we're celebrating with a new crop of books for young members of the LGBTQ community.Read More ›

Transgender Books for Teens

Teen literature spends a good proportion of its existence taking on tough topics, shedding light on what it means to be different and how we strive to become our most authentic selves. So it should come as a surprise to no one that teen lit has been showcasing the courageous, true and fictional, stories of transgender teens, teens struggling with gender identity and teens dealing with transgender friends and family members for years. Read More ›

Teen Summer Reading: Our Favorite (and Future Favorite) Titles!

During our last Teen Advisory Group meetings, we looked over the books on the 2015 teen summer reading lists for middle school and high school students. Then we discussed which ones we liked the best and which ones we were looking forward to reading. Check out the titles we picked, and see if you agree with us!Read More ›
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