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.

December 15, 2014

12 Adapted Books to Read Now

In celebration of adaptations and the great books from which they're sourced, check out one of these twelve books before seeing its movie version.

December 14, 2014

A Real-life Character Who Tells It Like It Is

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil is a tough book to read: it’s at turns sobering, haunting, and somehow ultimately inspiring.

December 7, 2014

A Long, Strange Trip: Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You

Marguerite Caine has brilliant scientist-parents, and they’ve devised a way to travel among dimensions via a small device called a Firebird. But before they can enjoy their momentous success, the invaluable Firebird prototype is stolen and Marguerite’s father is murdered.

November 30, 2014

A Holiday YA Escape: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

Holiday reads always end happy and cheery and bring forth the holiday spirit in some way. So get to it with Let It Snow!

November 23, 2014

Late to the Game? The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Perhaps you weren't paying attention in 2008, when Suzanne Collins published the young adult dystopian novel The Hunger Games. Allow us to catch you up - and tell you why you should read the trilogy straight through immediately.

November 16, 2014

Randomly Riveting: New YA from Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen's Random is riveting and suspenseful and should be required reading for all young adults.