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Even Spock Would Approve of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

When it comes to love and friendship, even the most rational teens can exhibit highly illogical behavior.

May 15, 2016

Finding Yourself (and a Friend): Donna Gephart's Lily and Dunkin

Transgender Lily and bipolar Dunkin find strength in friendship as they face the challenges of being in eighth grade.

May 8, 2016

A Nightmare Slice of Life: The Darkest Corners

Life isn’t a bowl of cherries when you have to testify against a serial killer at the early age of eight and your dad ends up in prison (for an unrelated offense).

May 1, 2016

A Spot-on NYC '70s-set YA Novel

It takes some nerve to set a novel in New York City in the late 1970s and show it for its warts and all - and Meg Medina has done just that.

April 24, 2016

Breaking Away From Mommie Dearest in This Debut YA Novel

Kerry Kletter's debut young adult novel, The First Time She Drowned, will tug at your heart strings in all the right ways, and I have a feeling this new author has many more stories to share.

April 17, 2016

On a New YA Novel and the Glory of the Genre

What do I love most about young adult literature? That’s easy: Young Adult novels can tackle tough topics without flinching, in an honest way a lot of adult stories don’t. Case in point: The Great American Whatever.

April 10, 2016

A Young Adult Debut Novel from Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends.

April 3, 2016

The Price of Happiness in More Happy Than Not

In Adam Silvera’s debut young adult novel, More Happy Than Not, a young man questions the cost of letting go.

April 1, 2016

The Full Spectrum: 10 Books to Help Understand Autism

Though there's still so much to learn about autism, it's not entirely unknowable. There are a number of great books addressing the topic from different angles. Here are ten for you to consider.

March 27, 2016

Lighthearted YA Everyone is Reading: Rebel of the Sands

Get swept up by gunfights, train chases, and magical beasts in Alwyn Hamilton's lighthearted adventure, Rebel of the Sands.

March 20, 2016

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys is a remarkable new novel by award-winning writers Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

March 13, 2016

An Original Apocalypse: We All Looked Up

Tommy Wallach’s debut YA novel, We All Looked Up, asks a tired question – but in an entirely new way.

February 28, 2016

A Brilliant New YA Trilogy from Brittany Cavallaro

Welcome to a witty new trilogy about the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

February 21, 2016

A YA Debut for All Ages: Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Gavriel Savit's bewitching Young Adult debut, Anna and the Swallow Man, is well worth the read, whether you consider yourself a young adult or not.

February 14, 2016

Blackbeard's Early Days Reimagined in Blackhearts

There’s nothing like a good swashbuckling tale, and there’s something oddly enticing about a ship-in-a-bottle on a book cover. Enter Blackhearts, Nicole Castroman’s first young adult novel.