As we close 2014, it’s heartening to see that the new year will be filled with novels featuring diverse teens, fanciful plotlines, and lots of romance. From Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst and Jennifer Niven’sAll the Bright Places to Stacy Lee’s Under the Painted Sky and Cindy Rodriguez’s , young adult fans will have lots to look forward to in 2015.
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By listening to the voices of those who have experienced racism, time in prison, and life on the streets, readers of these titles can begin to learn how to break the cycle, and be inspired by those have.
Teens share their thoughts about upcoming YA books that feature faeries, whales, and pickup lines along with a fictionalized account of the life of Malcolm X.
Brian Yansky switches from aliens to ghost hunters with his latest title, Utopia, Iowa, while Australian YA author Alyssa Brugman introduces us to Alex, an intersex teen seeking to define herself.
From an anthology of writings by LGBTQ teens to R.L Stine’s newest entry in the “Fear Street” saga, the latest books for teens are sure to pique readers’ interest and keep them coming back for more.
Check out the high praise from teen reviewers for titles by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marcus Sedgwick, and more. Read on to find out what some of YA’s hottest authors are delivering to shelves this fall and winter.
Filled with humor and heartbreak, poignant emotion, and amazing instances of courage, these young adult offerings are sure to captivate fans of the Red Band Society TV show and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Our group of teen reviewers share a pair of love letters to The Bane Chronicles; offer their thoughts on the second installment of the “Palace of Spies” series by Sarah Zettel; and showcase titles dealing with agoraphobia and a world divided between those above and below.
From Ally Condie’s /Atlantia to Jason Reynolds’s The Boy in the Black Suit, these latest books for teens will inspire, infuriate, and tug at the hearstrings (and nerves) of readers.
Juvenile services librarian Amy Cheney posits that the winning recipe for books that entice reluctant readers includes a great cover, lots of action (real action!), relevancy, and an easy to read page layout.
Teens often feel like they are misunderstood and at war with the rest of the world. These fiction titles will give them some strategies for coping on and off the battlefield of adolescence.
Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. 9 CDs. 10:20 hrs. Listening Library. 2014. $55. ISBN 9780553395464. digital download.
Gr 9 Up–The year is 1975. Lewis Blake, a slightly built teen from the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is enrolled in advanced classes at high school. Lewis suffers racist stereotyping and bullying from students and some teachers. When he meets George Haddonfield, the boys find common interests in music, especially the Beatles, but Lewis is wary of befriending someone off the […]
Looking for some creepy reads to fluff up the Halloween reading display? These titles with a supernatural bent will pull in your teen readers with great covers, and terrific stories.
Annie Cardi and Dawn O’Porter’s debut novels deal with tough stuff and Brenna Yovanoff and Cat Winters return with spooky works that are sure to give teens nightmares. From surreal fiction to pulled-from-the-headlines nonfiction, the following titles will hook young adults and have them asking for more.
There’s no sign of series fiction for young adults fading away, and as librarians, we know that getting teens hooked into a series is a sure way to guarantee we’ll see them again soon. Teen reviewers tackle the second installments of series by Colleen Gleason and Cara Bertrand and a debut novel by Andrea Hannah.
Is creepy back in vogue? Our teen reviewers have turned up titles with an eerie element: the ghost of Bloody Mary, an addict set on revenge, and a riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down about a black teen who is shot by a white man, is especially timely with recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and just the right title for young adults grappling with streaming headlines. And, a new book from the queen of verse novels, Ellen Hopkins, will entice fans of the format. The following fiction and nonfiction titles for teens will be perfect for late-summer reading and back-to-school shelf-browsing.
Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets but short on staff time? There’s a grant for that. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, and please note: it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list.