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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.

Author Interview with Hollis Seamon

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Author Hollis Seamon recently wrote an amazing young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You, featuring two teenagers living in hospice care while suffering from terminal cancer. Despite the grim subject matter, I can honestly say that this was one of the more heartful and thoughtful books I've read this year. Hollis was kind enough to answer a few 

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Fight for Your Right to Read: Banned Books Week 2013

From 2000 to 2009, 8 out of the top 10 books on "The Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books" were specifically written for teens or children. In fact out of that list of 100, 67 were books for teens or children. Titles such as the Harry Potter series (#1), the

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Identity Crisis: A Booklist For Teens

As your summer vacation ends and the new school year begins, it's time to consider: Who are you? Who are you now, who do you want to be, and will you/can you/SHOULD you try to reinvent yourself?

Here's a list of twenty fiction books for teens that deal with the topic of identity, from realistic fiction to fantastic fiction and beyond.

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead A boy wakes up in Penn Station. He has no memory of how he got there, how he got his head injury, or 

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You're Allergic to WHAT?

You may not know (really, it's OK; I didn't either until I looked it up) that September is Food Allergy Awareness Month. If you're looking for a science topic for that back-to-school project, or just want to better understand a friend or family member with a food allergy, there are tons of great resources here at the Library.  

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Reading Social: Join A Book Club!

Do you love to read? Want to hang out, enjoy free snacks, and learn about great new books for teens and tweens? Check out our book clubs at Battery Park City!

Tween Book Club meets Thursday, September 5th. Our next book has a princess, a talking frog, and lots of laughs.

Friday, September 

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Teen Road Trip Novels: Romance, Reunions and Roadside Attractions

… for the first time in his life Peter understood what the opposite of lost was: that it had nothing to do with maps or directions or stayin on course; that it was, in fact, nothing more than being found.

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith

The road trip is an American rite of passage. Nothing is more American than getting in a car, turning it onto a highway and just driving off, destination unknown (or not required).  Windows down, music up and 

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Teen Pride Bookmarks

Getting teens interested in reading is difficult, but it's taught me a few things: when I was a teen, I would at times cut school to just to read. Why?! (If any teens are reading this, please don't cut school.)

And: no matter how much I make flyers, display or talk about a great book that I recently read, I have to accept that some teens just do not pick up a book. Which leads me to lesson 2. I had to keep track and befriend the teens that did come in and check out books.

Last June, I reserved some LGBTQ books, made a flier proclaiming "Celebrate Pride" and 

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Author Interview with Corina Vacco

Every so often, a new author comes along that demands a reader's attention. Corina Vacco, a first time novelist living in Berkeley, California, has accomplished such a feat. Inspired by real life events, she has set her debut novel in an extremely polluted western New York surbub. The story follows the lives of several teenagers over the course of their summer before high school. As the boys plot to sabotage and expose the chemical conglomerate responsible for their town's 

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Teen Summer Reading Spotlight on Reality (a.k.a., Nonfiction Books)

If you enjoy weird mysteries and separating truth from fiction, then you'll definitely enjoy Dead Strange: The Bizarre Truths Behind 50 World-Famous Mysteries by Matt Lamy.

This book covers different topics from alchemy to zombies, and the author discusses the difference between the myth and the reality of each topic. Along the way you'll learn about mysteries like Area 51, Easter Island, ESP, the Loch Ness Monster, Men in Black, and poltergeists. And hey, if you learn how to prepare 

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What to Read Next: YA Book Recommendations in your Favorite Genres

Finding a good book can be a Herculean task. It seems impossible and even when you think you've found something will it match your expectations or will the ending have you wanting to throw the book across the room? (Something I have done before!) Here I try to take the guess work out of finding a good book in some of your favorite genres.

Dystopia/Science Fiction

Are you fan of books with apocalyptic landscapes? Technology run amok? Villains with evil henchman? A good dystopian fantasy can immerse you in a world gone bad and have you living a character's paranoia 

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Teen Summer Reading Spotlight: Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Making the transition from homeschool to high school is tough, and Maggie is going through a lot of culture shock. Being able to see ghosts isn't making things any easier.

In Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, Maggie is surrounded by more people than ever before, and yet she still feels all alone. Her older brothers are busy with their own friends, her mother is gone, and her father is busy with his new job. But little by little, Maggie starts finding her way around her 

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The Annotated Superman: A Top 10 List

Happy Birthday, Superman! This past April marked the 75th Anniversary of the hero. To celebrate that, and in anticipation of Zack Snyder's upcoming film Man of Steel, we have put together a list of some popular Superman tales at the New York Public Library. Be sure to also check out our individual feature of Superman: Earth One and similar lists featuring Batman and The X-Men. Also, please comment below with your favorite Superman story. We want to know what your favorites are, too.Read More ›

A Dystopian Future With a Cure For Suicide: The Program by Suzanne Young

Sloane lives in a world where teens have to hide their true emotions. If a friend, teacher, or even a family member sees her having an emotional outburst, they could report her and have her taken by force into The Program. That's why she can't risk crying where anyone else can see her. Because while the treatment she would get in The Program would remove her depression, it would also remove her memories. In other words, she might as well be dead.

Suzanne Young's novel The Program 

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More Reading and Watching Recommendations From Kingsbridge Teens

As yet another school year draws to a close, here is our next batch of recommendations to tide you over until the fall!

Books

Peanut by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe [A book so popular that we've got TWO reviews!]

Sadie moves to a new town, starting her sophomore year in a new school. Fearing that she'll be boring, she fakes a peanut allergy, which is a bigger responsibility than it seems to be … even I didn't know it was THAT big of a deal! This book teaches responsibility 

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Steampunk: An Introduction for Teens

Jon Foster / Cover of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

What is Steampunk? For a way to explain a fantasy subgenre, Steampunk is not very descriptive. According to The Steampunk Bible (2011), it can be explained most easily by this equation:

Steampunk = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man/ baroque stylings) x (pseudo) 

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Dark, Creepy, Scary, Spooky Crossover Books

One of the most common questions we get from our young readers is "Where are your scary books?" Unfortunately, books for children and teens that will keep readers on the edge of their seats are usually mixed in with the rest of the fiction section, so they can be a little tricky to find… until now.

Here is a list of twenty-five great crossover books (that is, for older children and younger teens) about lots of scary subjects. Sure, there will be plenty of vampires, ghosts, and even zombies. But there will also be nightmares, mysterious phone calls, 

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Hack the Library with Hackasaurus!

Are we teaching New York's teens tools for a life of crime?! Not exactly. Hackasaurus is a website that makes it easy for people to manipulate our favorite webpages while we learn about the ins and outs of HTML. A group of six teens met on a Tuesday afternoon to try out this new program and add their personal touch to the internet.

Using Hackasaurus 

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OMG! I Love That Song! A Catchy Song Playlist

Last year I wrote a popular blog post entitled "OMG! I Love That Song!: A Guilty Pleasure Playlist" where I confessed my song shame only to find out that many of you shared the exact same musical taste. Than this past February, several of my choices also ended up winning Grammys. I should have named that blog "A Not-so-Guilty Pleasure Playlist" instead. This year this post is once again a "no judgment zone" and I am declaring my love for the songs that I have on constant 

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Check it out: YA Novels in Verse!

I can't say that I've always been the biggest poetry fan. But lately I've been getting into novels in verse, which have been popping up all over the YA Fiction scene for awhile now. Ellen Hopkins is the queen of this and if you've never read her work before, do yourself a favor and check out Crank as soon as possible. You will be hooked... freaked out... and hooked.

I made a

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2013 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winners

Every year the Young Adult Librarian Association (YALSA) awards the William C. Morris YA Debut Award for the best novel by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. It is named for William Morris, a legend in children's and teen publishing who worked tirelessly promoting children's and teen literature and the importance of libraries.

The award honors books that have compelling or high quality writing, 

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