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YA to Cry Over: Edwidge Danticat's Untwine

'When you lose someone, it's as if they've been smashed into a thousand pieces and what you're doing in the aftermath is gathering a few of those pieces to put some version of that person back together again.'

September 27, 2015

Let the Glitter Fall Where It May: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy's charming book Dumplin' celebrates the self - specifically the teenaged, plus-sized self of Willowdean Opal Dickson, daughter of the winner of Clover City's Miss Teen Blue Bonnet (1997), and fan of all things Dolly Parton.

September 20, 2015

A Welcome Change to YA Dystopian Fiction: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

A meteor is hurtling toward Earth and you have twenty-four hours left to live. (As far as you know, Bruce Willis is not flying into outer space accompanied by an Aerosmith soundtrack.) How do you spend your time? This is the very situation the characters in Lisa Schroeder’s new YA novel, All We Have Is Now, find themselves in.

September 13, 2015

More for Vivian Apple: Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle

In this sequel to Vivian Apple at the End of the World, things are getting weirder and wilder and are as entertaining as ever.

September 6, 2015

A Sparkling, Not Schmaltzy Teen Love Story: Everything, Everything

Nicola Yoon’s sparkling debut young adult novel, Everything, Everything, is, well, everything you’d want in a teen romance – minus the schmaltz.

August 30, 2015

Princess X Is Everywhere: YA from Cherie Priest

Nicely paced and coming to a satisfying close, this book incorporating friendship, girl power, and a graphic novel is hard to beat.

August 23, 2015

Life V.2: Mark Alpert's YA Novel The Six

Begin with this supposition: You are a teenager with a terminal illness. Scientists have recently found a way to electronically capture a person’s mind – memory, thoughts, reasoning, personality – and transfer it into a machine. Knowing your days were coming to a close sooner rather than later, would you choose to have a future (as a humanized robot), or accept your limited time as a human?

August 16, 2015

5 Reads for Teens with a Romantic Side

There's nothing quite as epic and all-consuming as young love. These five novelists each bring their own unique spin to the first-time romance story.

August 9, 2015

French Revolution, Post-Apocalyptic Reboot: Rook by Sharon Cameron

In Sharon Cameron's newest YA novel, Rook, the future post-apocalyptic world looks a lot like the French Revolution.

August 2, 2015

The Rules Matter in This New YA Novel

Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder’s new YA novel, The Rules, is filled with chills and thrills.

July 29, 2015

Or Die Trying: 7 Books on the Triumph of Surviving

There are few things more inspiring than a story of survival. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of tales of unbeatable human courage from across the spectrum, emphasizing unbelievable true stories and including just a dash of adventure and horror fiction to round things out.

July 26, 2015

Climbing Up: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella has crafted a realistic portrait of a family in crisis. It's been a tough year for all of them, and the cracks show.

July 19, 2015

Maps, Whitman, and Margo: Paper Towns by John Green

Check out John Green's Paper Towns before the movie lands in theaters!

July 12, 2015

What You Don't Know: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Do you remember that moment growing up when you heard something about your parents' past and realized - for the first time - that they had a whole life before you were born?

July 5, 2015

The Drama to End All Drama: New YA from Emily Adrian

Has there ever been a better time to be a drama nerd? In these post-“Glee” days of the dramatic arts, is there even such thing as a “drama nerd” anymore? That’s the question we’re asking at the start of Emily Adrian’s Like It Never Happened.