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Young Adult Literature

My Letter to the Members of the Cape Henlopen School Board About Their Censorship of my Great Big Gay-YA Novel

emily m. danforth | Posted 09.06.2014 | Books
emily m. danforth

I'm proud that The Miseducation of Cameron Post is now in the company of so, so many novels that have been banned and challenged and censored throughout history--many of them among my all time favorites, the very books that shaped me as a reader, a writer, and a person.

A Review: 'One Teen Story'

Amy Yoelin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Often in our English classes we hear about literary magazines, but have you actually read any? Well, if you haven't, you're in luck! Now more than ever, there are literary magazines geared towards the young adult genre. (Insert happy dance.)

"Plunging Into the Deep: Black Magic for Black Girls"

Zetta Elliott | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Zetta Elliott

Ship of Souls combines urban fantasy with African American history; set in Prospect Park, the story features three unlikely friends who are pursued by ghosts from the Revolutionary War as they attempt to release the restless souls from the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan.

Coming Full Circle: Stonewall, My Mother, and Me

Lesléa Newman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Lesléa Newman

My mother had no idea she had a living, breathing gay person under her very own roof; said gay person -- me -- didn't know either.

On the Coming Blockbuster Tent-pole Gender Divide...

Scott Mendelson | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

If you've been paying attention to the various trailers being unleashed in the wake of Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 last November, you'll notice a fevered pitch by the studios to plant their flag in the sand in the newest 'hot' sub-genre.

Three Things I Wish the Teen Me Knew

Laurie Plissner | Posted 03.28.2013 | Teen
Laurie Plissner

All the hours I wasted staring into the mirror, cataloguing my many faults, real or imagined, I now realize I should have spent doing something, pretty much anything, else.

10 Books To Add To Your Holiday Reading List!

Posted 12.21.2012 | Teen

Finals are over. Winter break is finally here. The family (bless them) is already driving you crazy. Here's what you need to do, ASAP: put on a comfy ...

The Book That Let Me Know I Was Not Alone

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

As long as we continue to hide the dark parts of our lives and present a one-sided story to the outside world, there will be girls and boys like I was, aching to find characters that show them all the different ways of dealing with life's actual problems.

Dear Mr. C, You've Helped Me Through A Lot

| Posted 11.17.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment.com, the online community writing site for young ...

What's Wrong With Reading?

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

10 LGBTQ Young Adult Novels To Make It Better

Malinda Lo | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Malinda Lo

I wanted to make sure that this list was representative of all the letters in the QUILTBAG spectrum. I focused on books with a positive outlook, and I aimed for a mix of "classics" and new books while also seeking out characters of color.

Interview With Josephine Angelini, Author of Young Adult Mythology Novel, 'Dreamless'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.13.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Along with the rising popularity of dystopian novels in young adult fiction, Greek mythology retellings are finding their way more and more into teen books. Whether it's about Persephone, Medusa or the Furies, no Olympian or ancient myth is safe from YA novelists.

BEA 2012: Young Adult Editor's Buzz

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You can't walk two feet at BookExpo America without stumbling on a hot new read showcased at one of the 1,000 booths inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Spooky or Jokey? 10 Favorite YA Fantasies

David Kudler | Posted 07.15.2012 | Books
David Kudler

My teen daughters and I are all voracious readers of fantasy, and we found ourselves discussing our favorite titles in terms of which camp they'd fall into. Here's the list we made.

What's Next After The Hunger Games: 10 Young Adult Dystopias Coming Out 2012

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The number of dystopian-themed books is at its highest since the 1960s. What Young Adult dystopians are you looking forward to reading this year?

Hungry for More: The Hunger Games Misses the Mark on Teen Violence

Tim King | Posted 05.23.2012 | Books
Tim King

By focusing on action at the expense of introspection, The Hunger Games misses an opportunity to teach a real lesson about cyclical violence, the role we all play in perpetuating it, and our responsibility to make the right decisions.

Will The Next 'Twilight'-Like Phenomenon Be Set In LA?

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.14.2012 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK — Million-selling young adult author Cassandra Clare has signed up for a new fantasy series. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint o...

Balanced Life -- Looking for Some Reading Suggestions in Children's or Young-Adult Literature?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 10.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Some reading suggestions in children's and young-adult literature. I've written many tim...

I'm With Meghan Cox Gurdon

Ru Freeman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

As the parent of three avid readers, I agree with Meghan Cox Gurdon's point that what is considered "banning" in the book trade is known in the parenting world as doing our job.

Understanding Why Teens Love Disaster, Distress And Dystopian Lit

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

These books that deal with anorexia, cyber-bullying, self-mutilation, alcoholic parents, and vampiric sex strike a nerve with teenagers because of the intense developmental and social changes they're experiencing.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Barbie But Were Afraid to Ask

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Monica Edinger

Dolls. These real-life avatars can charm, creep, and fascinate. Perhaps no more so than Barbie. Born in the 60s, reviled by many in the 70s, this to...

YA World: My Dinner Date With Lauren Oliver

Rebecca Serle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Serle

Last week I sat down with Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of Before I Fall, to get her take on the popularity of YA literature and its fascination with dystopian worlds and darkness.

Young Adult Literature Not Just For Young Adults Anymore

The Los Angeles Times | Susan Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Thanks to huge crossover hits like Stephenie Meyer's bloodsucking "Twilight" saga, Suzanne Collins' fight-to-the-death "The Hunger Games" trilogy, Ric...

Thank You, Nancy Drew and Judy Blume

Carole Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carole Baron

Why are books that makes girls feel less alone, that have role models who think and ask questions, are the very books the censors turn to first? Have things changed that much in the last fifty years?

Literary Community Rallies Around Author Through Donations for Silent Auction

Cicily Janus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cicily Janus

In artist communities around our country, it is imperative that we support each other and gather the support of others outside the community, especially in times of trouble.