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Is This Really Controversial?

Books about teens that have been challenged by parents, schools or libraries.

Banned Books Week is a very popular time for readers everywhere.

The Poet X

Libros Latinos

Seven YA Novels With Latina Heroines

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are seven own-voices YA novels featuring Latina heroines. All are written by Latina women and many were listed for prestigious awards when they came out. The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Book Recommendations for Fans of Quirky Recent TV

Many would argue that there’s never been a better variety of storytelling available on TV. With a wider variety of platforms, shows can flourish without having to appeal to absolutely everyone. And it can be great, as a fan, to discover that someone else loves a show that’s more of a niche than a giant watercooler hit.  So, as a reader who also loves good TV, here are some quirky recommendations based on my favorite recent, or in some cases recently cancelled, TV shows.

Saving Red

Books In Verse

YA Titles With Impact Using Fewer Words

Using different styles of writing can be a great tool for authors who want to mix up the young adult reading scene. In the titles below, each author uses the in verse writing style that delivers less words to arrive at deep emotion, character flaws and pivotal plot points. A reader could interpret this writing style as similar to poetry or symbolic to user interpretation. Do you agree?  

Bitter in the Mouth

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part Two

Explorations of Synesthesia in Adult and Teen Fiction

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of interest in synesthesia, the neurological condition in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense (such as hearing colors or tasting words). Not only has synesthesia become a well-developed area of research within neuroscience, but many new works of literature, along with new attention on certain older works, have broadened awareness of this fascinating phenomenon.

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Parklands-Turner Book Club Readers' Corner

Call for Submissions of Teen Book Review Teasers

Attention Teens: Have you just finished reading a great book that you want to talk about?  Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to recommend to other teens?  Do you want to earn additional community service hours?  Accomplish all of these each time you attend a Teen Talk-Back (book club meeting) or write a book review that gets published on the Parklands-Turner Library page. 

The Hate U Give

Black Voices

Contemporary Young Adult Books by Black Female Authors

In honor of Women's History Month, here's a sample of some of the most popular and important novels in young adult fiction written by black women. These novels deal in nuanced ways with timely topics ranging from Black Lives Matter to gentrification to childhood sexual abuse. If you're a fan of hard-hitting contemporary novels, here are five to add to your to-be-read pile. 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

#MeToo

Young Adult Fiction about Sexual Assault and Abuse

*Warning: This selection of books (and therefore, descriptions) will include discussion of sexual assault, abuse and other sensitive topics.

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The Choice is Yours

Young Adult Books with Characters Making Important Decisions

What would you do?  The growth of a young person is often tested by the decisions they make. When the outcome of a choice could have long lasting effects, the question of "What Would You Do" becomes an interesting one. The following young adult books feature lead characters in decision making scenarios where the outcome greatly impacts their lives moving forward. 

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