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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Going to the Chapel

Spring is here and along with rebirth, allergies and warmer weather, another wedding season is beginning.  From field settings to islands, dresses to cakes, and fake relationships to dead bodies, DC Public Library has books from a variety of genres that are set at or centered around weddings. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Young Adult Novels In Verse, Part Two

Back in 2016, I published a list of young adult novels in verse, and the time has come to revisit this format. Every year, the YA publishing world comes out with more novels in this format. Below is a list of several new novels in verse that have come out since 2016, along with a few backlist titles that don’t get enough love.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Read the Rainbow: Middle Grade Edition

Every single reader deserves a book where they can see a reflection of themselves, regardless of race, sexuality, creed and many other factors.  While some take their time, many kids and tweens discover their sexuality and gender identity early on.  Although we can always use more, books about queer kids and tweens are published more frequently than in years past.  Below are eight recent novels for middle graders where the main character is queer.  The final three books on this list are about transgender individuals.  

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Expanding After Expanse

Even when we love our jobs, our neighbors and our day-to-day lives, we all need a getaway sometimes.  At some point or another, I imagine most people have been exasperated enough with life’s stressors to dream of going as far away as outer space.  However, as consumers of all things science fiction know, space can be full of death, diseases, war and intergalactic romance.  Over the past few years, the

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Diverse Contemporary Young Adult Literature

I have loved reading young adult contemporary novels for a long time and discovering characters whose life experiences, interests and stories are similar to mine. However, only ever consuming books about people like me isn’t always the most fulfilling. Reading about characters from different cultural, religious, and racial backgrounds than mine provides insight into what their lives are like.  Moreover, it’s essential to read diverse books in order to help us develop understanding and respect for other people.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Magical Realism In Young Adult Literature

Magical realism, a genre of narrative fiction that is frequently associated with Latin-American literature, is something I have loved since I was a teenager. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, magical realism stories are often set in realistic places with bits of magic sprinkled throughout. I started off reading magical realism for adults, and some of my favorite authors include Jonathan Safran Foer, Sarah Addison Allen and Zadie Smith.

Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Science Fiction Comics

I’ve always enjoyed reading science fiction. When I started becoming a regular reader of comics in 2015, I knew I had to pick up was Saga because I’d heard such great things about it from fans of all genres. As someone who regularly visits her local comic book store, I’ve found lots of other titles that interest me along the way. If you love science fiction and comics, check out these titles.  Most of these titles are aimed at adults, but two exceptional young adult titles are included at the end. When the comic is part of a series, I've provided a link to the first volume.

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

Sex and Sexuality from Girlhood to Womanhood

To say that sex and gender play a complex role in the lives of everyday Americans would be an understatement.  Not everyone believes that America is a patriarchy: a society where men hold the majority of power.  However, many girls and women feel that the patriarchy is not only real but also impacts their daily lives, especially the romantic and sexual aspects.  For young women, puberty marks important physical changes to their bodies, and standards of beauty and standards of behavior for both genders are often set by the patriarchy.  Everyone seems to want a say in what wo

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Young Adult Books Set At Summer Camp

Summer is winding down, which means it's almost time for everyone to go back to school, and vacation season is wrapping up. As fall arrives, some bibliophiles may cling to books set in summer as a reminder of the season of cookouts and beach days. When I was a child, I was fortunate enough to attend summer camp for numerous summers of my life. While these camps may have only lasted two weeks, I'd learn skills related to music and writing, and leave with friendships I still hold onto today.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

YA Around the World

A List of Young Adult Novels Set Around the World

There a lot of amazing young adult books that are set right here in America.  While these books can serve as mirrors for some teens by representing characters and settings to which they can relate, books that act as windows into the lives of other teenagers and cultures are also important.  Plus, for those who are unable to travel foreign countries, sometimes being able to read about them can be one of the next best things.  Below is a list of seven different young adult novels set around the world.

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