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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This novel is mesmerizing, lovely, and ultimately hopeful, as its heroine moves toward a giant revelation and acceptance.
January 11, 2015
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
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
Donna Hosie’s latest young adult novel, The Devil’s Intern, puts a new spin on the concept of the afterlife.
December 21, 2014
Ryan Graudin’s Mad Max-esque YA novel, The Walled City, is one heck of a ride.
December 15, 2014
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
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.