Ava Dellaira

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.

November 9, 2014

Misdirection and Sleights of Hand: The Doubt Factory

Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s second YA novel, The Doubt Factory, is a surprising (and pleasant!) departure from his Michael L. Printz Award-winning Ship Breaker.

November 2, 2014

Bloomers, Bicycles, and Hypnotists: The Cure for Dreaming

When a young, would-be suffragette crosses paths with a magician and hypnotist, neither could anticipate how significantly each would change the other's life.

October 26, 2014

Still Thirsty in Mindy McGinnis's Sequel In a Handful of Dust

Mindy McGinnis’s sequel is a powerful follow-up to her dystopian debut, Not a Drop to Drink.

October 19, 2014

A Duck, Missing Chapter, and Keening Banshee: William Ritter's Jackaby

Fun and mystery abound in this tale of the young detective (of sorts) R. F. Jackaby and his new and able assistant, Miss Abigail Rook.