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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


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. 

The Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork

For Those Blue Days

How Young People Experience Depression

We all have bad days. We all get down sometimes. For some of us however, those days might seem to outnumber the good ones, or those down periods might be particularly low. So many folks experience depression in ways that are unique to them. It’s not just adults who go through depression diagnoses and have to cope in a world that seems uninviting; children and teens, too, can feel low and sad and blank inside, even if they might not have the word "depression" to describe how they’re feeling.

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

'Riverdale' Read-Alikes

Young Adult Novels for Fans of the Hit TV Show

From origins in comic books to a television show and back to the printed word, everything comes full circle in this list of "Riverdale" read-alikes. Inspired by characters from the Archie Comics universe, the CW’s "Riverdale" has a strong fan following. Its grim, nostalgic style reflects common themes in both young adult and adult fiction.

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #24: Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color

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.

Teen Reader's Advisory

Tenley-Friendship Library is proud to announce that one of the teens from the Tenley area who participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program and Teen Book Review Contest won that contest with her excellent review of Monster by Walter Dean Myers. With their permission, we have posted the review below.  We hope you enjoy it, and that it inspires you to check out this title and the many others we have at DC Public Library.   

The Haters

Road Trip!

Young adult novels about hitting the road

Road trips are part of the American mythos - think Steinbeck hitting the road with just his dog, or the Kerouac searching for something more. But they're not only for pretentious dudes! Here are some great teen novel about traveling by car, whether for joyful summer fun, for an undesired move, or to save the world.   The Haters by Jesse Andrews

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Teens and the Cultural Experience

An exploration of culture, race, and injustice

Young Adult fiction often proves itself to be well versed in conveying numerous subject matter with broad appeal. Realistic-fiction with an emphasis on the cultural experience is a personal favorite of mine because stories can allow readers to enjoy a shared moment between themselves and the outlined characters on the page. The following titles emphasize teens and the cultural nuances which shape their environment and those who occupy or influence it.  

When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna Marie McLemore

Teens: Check Out LGBTQ YA at the Library!

Looking for a book to read this Pride Month? Check out these LGBTQ YA novels, new and old!