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Diversity in Teen Literature: None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

In I. W. Gregorio’s debut Young Adult novel, None of the Above, Kristin Lattimer has a great life: she has a wonderful, handsome boyfriend, Sam; best friends, Faith and Vee; and she’s off to State next year on a running scholarship to study child development. As she decides to lose her virginity, her life takes a very interesting turn.

April 5, 2015

A Young Adult View into Pakistani Culture

Parents and caregivers will want to read Written in the Stars by Aisha Seed along with their young adults, as this novel’s sure to spark questions and conversation.

March 29, 2015

Painless and Inspiring: New YA from S. A. Harazin

Have you had your fill of painful coming-of-age books about teens? Then try out Painless by S. A. Harazin, whose main character, David Hart, has a rare medical condition called CIPA (congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis) that doesn’t allow him to feel physical pain.

March 22, 2015

Lost + Portnoy's Complaint + Teens = Grasshopper Jungle

If you squished together the TV show “Lost,” the spilled seed in Portnoy’s Complaint, and the adulation of teens and librarians into one big ball of a book, I’m pretty sure you’d get Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle. Oh wait, there are six-foot insects, too.

March 15, 2015

Welcome to Camp Merrie-Seymour: The Alex Crow

Incredible, twisted and funny: A boy clown, the melting man and Camp Merrie-Seymour. Plus a reanimated crow named Alex, all in The Alex Crow, new from Andrew Smith.

March 8, 2015

Oft-Overlooked Women's History: Melanie Crowder's Audacity

Perfect for Women’s History Month, Melanie Crowder’s Audacity is a novel inspired by the life of immigrant-turned-activist Clara Lemlich Shavelson – and like the match on its cover, it starts out quietly before building up to a loud and bright blaze.

March 1, 2015

Newbery Medal Winner The Crossover by Kwame Alexander: Not Just for Kids

The most coveted award in children’s literature – the Newbery Medal – is announced each January, and in 2015 it was presented to Kwame Alexander for his novel, The Crossover. The Crossover is a book about basketball, love, and family – not necessarily in that order.

February 22, 2015

Taking Flight: Michaela DePrince's True Story

Last year, I watched a documentary called “First Position.” The film followed the stories of a handful of young dancers as they tried to land a coveted spot at the American Ballet Theater. One of the dancers, Michaela DePrince, stood out in the film. Taking Flight is her story.

February 8, 2015

A Unique Malcolm X Re-Telling from His Daughter

Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, provides young adults with a unique telling of a leader’s story every young adult should know.

February 1, 2015

From the Author of If I Stay: Gayle Forman's I Was Here

In Gayle Forman’s new YA novel, I Was Here, the author of If I Stay addresses loss and the repercussions of it.

January 18, 2015

Music, Grief, and Growing Up: Love Letters to the Dead

This novel is mesmerizing, lovely, and ultimately hopeful, as its heroine moves toward a giant revelation and acceptance.

January 11, 2015

The Breakfast Club for the YA Set, Courtesy of Liz Czukas

Chloe’s working this Christmas Eve, wearing her work-mandated GoodFoods holiday T-shirt, and ready for any kind of crazy – except for the one that actually happens.

January 4, 2015

Are You There God? It's Me, Gabi.

It’s tempting to call Gabi: A Girl in Pieces the Latina Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret; there are definite similarities, but the moniker is too limiting.

December 28, 2014

A Romp Through Hell: The Devil's Intern

Donna Hosie’s latest young adult novel, The Devil’s Intern, puts a new spin on the concept of the afterlife.

December 21, 2014

A Mad Max-esque Thrill from Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin’s Mad Max-esque YA novel, The Walled City, is one heck of a ride.