Young Adult

For ages 12 and up


Thematic Reading List: Living in Foster Care: A Teen’s Journey

Foster care can be a place of safety for some and a place of tragedy for others. This booklist includes stories that look at both sides from a teen’s perspective. Titles are recommended for ages 13 to 18. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges             Flight By: Sherman Alexie A powerful, fast […]

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Thematic Reading List: Resistance

Throughout history, underground movements have aided, freed, and saved the lives of numerous groups of people. As the Nazis overcame cities and countries throughout Europe, many citizens fought back by forming underground movements, named Resistance groups. Each of the titles in our list looks at the brave young people who joined the Resistance groups, whether […]

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Thematic Reading List: Merry YA Christmas

What made our YA list for cocoa-worthy reading? Stories featuring a seasonal job, pregnant teen, missing classmate, family mystery, and a few love interests. Here is our list of appealing YA books to cozy by the fire with.               Billy Christmas By: Mark Pritchard Billy’s father disappeared last Christmas […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Books Featuring Native American Characters

Our list of middle grade and YA books feature Native Americans in various situations and time periods. Many of the books are geared towards age 10 and up.                     The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World

Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.                   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall Trends in YA Publishing

Our Fall 2018 YA list includes books that follow this year’s trends of empowering females and recognizing the plight of all people, regardless of race or origin. Each book reflects timely issues that are being played out in our society, regardless of the book’s setting or time-period. Books included are both fiction and nonfiction for ages […]

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Thematic Reading List: A Trip Around the World in 20 Books

You can go around the world without leaving the country. How? By reading books, of course. This list of fiction and nonfiction books takes readers on a global adventure. Whether finding out what other children are doing around the world at a specific time or falling in love in another country, this list is sure to give […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Titles for National Cousins Day (July 24)

Families are different and so are our relationships with our cousins. Cousins can be friends, foes, distant, or close. This list of middle grade and YA books highlight cousin relationships.             Belle Prater’s Boy By: Ruth White When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a […]

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Thematic Reading List: National I Love Horses Day

July 15th is National I Love Horses Day. To celebrate, we are revisiting 10 horse themed classics and soon to be classics.               Misty of Chincoteague By: Marguerite Henry Two children from Chincoteague help in the annual roundup of wild horses on a nearby island. They work hard to raise money […]

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Thematic Reading List: National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day- July 7

In honor of National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day we are browsing through 14 books focused on father-daughter interactions and relationships. Includes picture and YA books.             A Photo for Greta By: Anna Alter Greta’s father is a professional photographer who is often away from home, but when he and Greta are […]

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Award of The Week-The Green Earth Book Award

The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 128 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:   Picture Book: Books for young readers […]

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Featured Article: Adults Read YA Too

In Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction, edited by Jessica E. Moyer, she and various librarians present a collection of adult books that teens may like and a collection of young adult books that adults may like. Moyer and the other contributors have done a wonderful job of filling a void in Reader’s Advisory. With […]

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Thematic Reading List- 15 Character Driven YA Novels

While YA novels can be a mesh of character and plot, it seems that the character is the true star of the story and the reason readers keep reading until the end. Will the high school football player ever be understood? Who is a person really responsible for? What if something monumental happens that changes a character’s future […]

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Award of the Week- Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The first award was given in 2000 and all winners are listed below.     […]

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Thematic List- The Luck of the Irish

We’ve all heard about the luck of the Irish. This week’s list includes many characters who desire a touch of luck. Books listed cover a variety of ages, from six to sixteen.                   A Big Dose of Lucky By: Marthe Jocelyn Sixteen-year-old Malou decides to uncover the circumstances […]

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Award of The Week-CBI Book of the Year Award

The CBI Book of the Year Awards (formerly the Bisto Awards) are the leading annual children’s book awards in Ireland. Now in their 28th year, the awards are made annually by Children’s Books Ireland. The CBI Book of the Year Awards identify, honor and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and […]

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Award of the Week-Walter Dean Myers Awards

The Walter Dean Myers Award, also known as “The Walter,” is named for prolific children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014). Myers was the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed in 2012 by the Library of Congress. He was a champion of diversity in children’s books. The Walter Awards honor Myers’ […]

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Honoring the late Ursula K. Le Guin

To the average news follower author Ursula K. Le Guin was known as a science fiction and fantasy writer, but to her devoted fans she was an author who used the genre to spotlight topics that interested her, such as anthropology, environmentalism, psychology and sociology. Le Guin leaves behind a canon of award winning works […]

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Thematic Reading List: Nancy Drew and Other Sleuths

The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew may have started the detective mystery for children’s reading, but many notable detectives have held their own throughout the years. The list of sleuths that follows is divided by the age of the sleuth, not by reading level. We were disappointed to find little diversity in modern publications, a […]

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Thematic Reading List- Spooky Reads

This week we are sharing reviews of some spooky reads you might want to share with those who love scary stories, and a few not-as-scary Halloween reads.             Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein By: Mary Shelley Illustrated by: Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac This original horror story begins and ends with […]

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