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The Hottest 2017 YA Books, So Far

Looking for a something new to read? Check out these 2017 YA books!Read More ›

Curiouser and Curiouser: The World of Wonderland in YA Fiction

I recently finished reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and when I finished the book I didn’t want the story to be over. This novel about how a girl grew up to become the diabolical Red Queen made me want to take a deep dive back into the world of Wonderland. Read More ›

Top Teen Tearjerkers of 2016

Serving on a book committee can be hard work. One of the most challenging aspects for me of choosing books for the Best Books For Teens list wasn’t all the reading, but all the crying. Seriously, though, there were a LOT of heart-wrenching books for teens this year. Read More ›

10 More Best Books for Teens 2016

The 2016 Best Books for Teens is a great list, but there are books I love that didn’t make the final cut. So to make sure these awesome books get their due, here are 10 fiction books I think should’ve made the list.Read More ›

Talking with Teens about Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety

Several weeks ago, I fully intended to have the topic of our Teen Advisory Group meeting be Banned Books Week. But our conversation took a detour, and soon we were talking about bullying and cyberbullying in fiction and in real life. It wasn’t the way I expected the conversation to go, but I’m glad it did.Read More ›

Voting is open for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten!

Big news! Voting opened this week for the Teens' Top Ten! The TTT is an annual teen choice award organized by the Young Adult Library Services Association, with books nominated by teen book clubs across the country and the winners chosen by you! Teen librarians everywhere use the annual top ten list to make recommendations and collection development decisions, so if you want to help the books you love get noticed, now's your chance. Read as many of the nominees as interest you and

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Thirteen YA Novels That Will Bend Your Mind

Some of my favorite YA novels are books that challenge me, that pull my brain in different directions, and make me think, “What the hell just happened?”. Sometimes, it’s because the narrators are choosing not to tell us the whole story, or because for some reason they can’t tell us the whole story. Sometimes, it’s because the author writes the story in such a way that it takes readers a while to figure out what’s going on. Here are thirteen YA novels that will take your brain in unexpected directions! Read More ›

Not-So Innocents Abroad: 10 YA Mysteries and Thrillers for the Dog Days of Summer

Novels filled with thrills, action, suspense, murder, romance and all set in exotic and romantic locations around the world—perfect reads for the last days of summer.Read More ›

Wolf, Iron, and Blood: An Alternate History YA Duology from Ryan Graudin

What if Hitler won World War II? Alternate history recommendations for teen readers.Read More ›

Boys of Summer: 15 YA Romances You'll Totally Fall For

Every summer I put together a list of my favorite teen romance novels—new and old—to read during those lazy summer days. It always has a theme, but this year I’m keeping it simple.Read More ›

Staying Safe and Having Fun With Pokémon GO

I sprayed myself with sunblock, dressed comfortably for walking, and packed water, an iPod for listening to podcasts, and an extra battery for my iPhone. Then I headed to Inwood Hill Park to see if I could catch ‘em all. Or, at least, I’d see if I could catch more than usual …Read More ›

Young Adult Beach Reads

Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, Jersey Shore… summer is all about the beach! And no beach bag is complete without an immersive beach read.Read More ›

A Blast From Kingsbridge Past, In the Form of a 2006 Teen Survey

There are several advantages to cleaning out your desk periodically (or, in my case, every few years). First, there’s the immediate benefit of … Hey! Clean desk! But then there’s also the benefit of finding lots of cool old stuff you didn’t realize you still had.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Half Life of Molly Pierce" by Katrina Leno

A fascinating and realistic portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).Read More ›

Eerie Reads for Lovers of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls pressed all my philosopher-librarian buttons and I couldn't get enough of it, so here's some more dark, atmospheric YA lit that doesn’t forget the importance of finding your place in the world.Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

Our Best Books for Teens committee has been busy reading and reviewing 2016 titles. Here are a few of their favorite new fiction titles.Read More ›

Remembering the Chills and Thrills of Lois Duncan, YA Lit Icon

Pioneering Young Adult author, Lois Duncan passed away on June 6th at the age of 82. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 30 - 45 years since many of her teen novels were first published and they continue to have the power to spark the imagination and send shivers down the spine. If you haven't read one yet or read one lately, now's your chance. Read More ›

YA Books: Conversations About Consent

In the wake of the Brock Turner case and its controversial aftermath, parents across the country are taking a more active role in teaching their teens about consent. If you are looking to jump-start a conversation about consent, consider reading one of the books below with your teen. Read More ›

NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction

Who would have imagined a trend in YA literature toward realistic, character-driven, and emotionally intense stories? If that is up your alley, we have some recommendations for you.Read More ›

GLBT Book Month: Identity as a Detail, Not Feature

Here are some stories where this is a detail about the character—not the main focus of the story.Read More ›
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