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All American Boys

The Heart of the "Matter"

Young Adult books surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement

Young adult literature has done a remarkable job in covering social issues and recent events, and there have been quite a few to choose from as of late. Among those issues in recent years has been the relationship between police officers, and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement. For those interested in learning about this organization, and the circumstances surrounding it, here are a few YA novels that speak to the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Beneath a Meth Moon

Teens and Adversity

Realistic fiction about young people in challenging situations

Books geared toward teens encompass a multitude of subjects that speak to their interests, upbringing, and personal experiences. In the real world, young people endure challenges that force them to overcome obstacles they have no control over, or from circumstances they contributed to. The proceeding realistic fiction highlights teenagers navigating adversity with an emphasis on behavioral reactions or coping mechanisms that create more harm than good.

razor girl

Swamp Justice, Florida-Style

Carl Hiaasen Read-A-Likes

Eco-terrorists are not your average dedicated environmentalists.  In Carl Hiaasen’s novels, they can be downright dangerous and emotionally unstable. They say “write what you know” and Hiaasen knows Florida and the politics of the Sunshine State’s real estate developments. As a longtime investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen spent most of his career in journalism ranting against real estate moguls and politicians responsible for altering the unique landscape of Southern Florida. 

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #2: Read a Debut Novel

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, "Read Harder" challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

Dragonflight

A Love for Dragon Lore

There are few supernatural characters that I cannot resist when I peruse new fantasy titles. One is vampires, and the other is dragons! I love stories with dragons and wish dragons were real, so it is incredibly hard to pick favorite stories. However, here are some particular favorites, some classic, some new, and one with tacos (because everyone loves tacos)!

Tyrell

Tyrell

Teen Book Review and Summary

By COE BOOTH

Dont look back cover

Unlikely YA Detectives

These teens didn’t plan on becoming detectives, but that won’t stop them solving these mysteries!

Being a detective isn’t what it seems like. These teens aren’t like Veronica Mars, who wants to be a private eye - they had to become detectives - either as a favor, to avenge a family member, or to protect themselves. But even if they didn’t want to be a detective before, there’s no denying that all of these protagonists are natural born sleuths and they’ll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of a mystery.  

Diary of Anne Frank

Injustice

Concentration and Internment Camps

My mother was recently reminiscing about her travels in Europe.  We got to talking about Amsterdam and the Secret Annex.  (See below for the web address.)  She has been there as both a teenager and an adult, and the experiences proved to be very different from each other.  That conversation led me to explore books about the experiences of children and teens in concentration and internment camps.

Book cover of The Weight of Feathers

Tough Topics in YA: Inclusion

This month’s selections feature materials on the subject of inclusion and exclusion. It’s a topic that everyone can relate to regardless of age, race, or gender: feelings of being uncomfortable, that one does not belong, or that one does not simply “fit in” are universal. Perhaps because of this sentiment, this subject matter has been explored by several authors, although the topic has assumed a number of different forms in the YA genre.

The Memory of Light

Suicide and Depression in Young Adult Literature

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness such as depression. Suicide and depression can be difficult subjects to approach, but fortunately, many young adult novels dealing these topics have been written in recent years. Books may provide an excellent way to reach out to teens struggling with depression or dealing with it in their family or friends.

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