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Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

  For this month’s edition of “Beyond the Bestsellers,” I’m going to do something a little bit different. This series ...

A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction

The first woman of YA — and the first person to be recognized as a YA author — started out ...

Be Brave: 7 Awesome Pieces of DIVERGENT Swag

Now that you’ve gotten your Divergent on, in both book form and film form, why not express your passion for ...

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer

Over the last few months, I’ve talked about a lot of contemporary/realistic YA fiction on Beyond the Bestsellers, including next ...

Love and Libations: 7 YA Books and Beverages for a Romantic Night of Reading

Are you planning a quieter Valentine’s Day of curling up with a book and a drink? I thought it could ...

Book Lists for Every Type of Reader: A Roundup of “Bests”

Every January, librarians, educators, and other members of the American Library Association’s (ALA) various divisions gather to hash out a ...

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is not only a New York Times Bestselling author, she’s a perennially popular author. No matter how many ...

The Value of Young Reading Experiences

Some of the most pivotal things we ever learn come from the books we read when we are young. In ...

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

You’ve discovered next reads for the “Divergent” series and for Sarah Dessen so far in the “Beyond the Bestsellers,” but ...

Green Light YA Reads: A Flowchart

One of the most popular requests I get in the library is for YA books that are appropriate for virtually ...

Five Great Hunger Games/Catching Fire Parody Videos

Itching for Catching Fire to just be in theaters already? How about some parody videos of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games and Catching Fire to ward off ...

The Girl Myth in YA Fiction (And Beyond)

The topic of likability is one that gets played out a lot when it comes to female characters in fiction. ...

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read Sarah Dessen

Welcome to the second installment of “Beyond the Bestsellers.” Last month, I talked about Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series and what ...

When Fans Hate Finales, Who’s At Fault?

Can a reader be wrong in how she feels when she finishes a book? Can a reader be wrong for ...

The YA Zombie Apocalypse Crossword Puzzle: A Little Undead Fun

Zombies are far from dead in YA fiction, and they won’t be dying any time soon. They’re perennially terrifying, and ...