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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.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

After Austen

A List of Jane Austen Retellings

My introduction to Jane Austen began the summer before my sophomore year of high school when one of the books I could choose to read for school was Sense and Sensibility, which I found highly enjoyable.  I was immediately prepared to read more of Austen's work, particularly since my mother had always loved watching adaptions of it.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Teens In Space

As a child, I fantasized about being an astronaut, or even just going to space camp. In my adult years, this prospect sounds absolutely terrifying, especially after seeing Gravity and The Martian.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Young Adult Retellings of the Classics

Reimaginings of Classic Literature for Teens

Although the library constantly gets wonderful new fiction, classic literature continues to circulate well. Even readers who have not picked up a classic recently have likely read one for school. For readers who may not find the classics accessible, or just want something different, we have a variety of novels that retell classic literature. This list focuses on retellings that are written for young adults.

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Young Adult Novels In Verse

Some readers cannot get enough poetry, and DC Public Library owns many great anthologies of poetry for children, teens, and adults. Oftentimes, a poem can tell a story that can be beautiful, heartbreaking, or moving, all within a few lines, whereas in other cases, several short poems can become a novel in verse. All of these novels are written for a young adult audience, and they span a variety of settings, time periods, and topics.

It's All About Me-Ow by Hudson Talbott

Picture Books with Catitude

Picture Books About Cats

Do you have a little one at home who is obsessed with cats?  I lived with dogs growing up and long dreamed of being a cat owner.   Last October when my living situation changed, a cat finally entered the picture, followed by a new kitten in December.   Between the attitude that they are in charge of the household, the games of chase around the apartment, and the cuddling, I’ve grown to love everything about cats.  D.C.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Time Travel In Young Adult Fiction

Young Adult Novels Featuring Time Travel

Have you ever wished that you could travel through all of time and space?  Although we may not have time machines at any of our libraries yet, we do have lots of young adult fiction that features time travel, which is the next best thing.  Check out this list whether you want something historical, realistic, or a little paranormal. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier