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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.

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YA LGBT+ Romance Favorites

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and YA has been a great place to find LGBTQ+ reads. This is a short list of some great pride reads that   Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Summer Lovin'

Now that the weather is finally catching up to the time of year, I feel an urge to break out all my favorite YA summer reads! Even though I am technically an adult, I love reading realistic and fantasy teen novels. And summer ones are especially fun reads as they play on the possibility and freedom that summer brings to teenagers! It seems like the perfect time to fall in love, and you can fall in love with some of these fantastic reads below: 

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

book cover for "the blind date" by delaney diamond.

Real Love

"You see I'm searching for a real love and I don't know where to go. Been around the world and high and low and still I'll never know.  How it feels to have a real love 'cause it seems it's not around. Gotta end it in this way because it seems he can't be found." - Mary J. Blige  

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Favorite Romances in YA Fic

For those who like romance in their YA, but not necessarily "YA Romance"

One of my co-workers came up with a metaphor for romance in the fiction that perfectly surmises my own feelings on the subject. She said: “Romance in a story should be like seasoning.” Seasoning is an enhancer, an additive -- you value its presence in a dish, but can’t have a satisfying meal of just salt or paprika. I feel the same way about romance in a book.

The Winner's Curse

Strong YA Heroines

From Fantasy to slice of life, books that feature diverse, appealing characters

Figures like Katniss Everdeen have become synonymous with young adult literature because they represent fascinating characters with whom audiences can identify. There are many more book characters in the DC Public Library collection who may just become your new favorite: from bold to intelligent to courageous, these characters demonstrate traits that make them fascinating.

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It Gives Me the Shivers

YA literature beyond 'Twilight'

The best part about summer is staying up late and reading something fun like a scary story. Nothing like a slasher tale to keep you up, right?

The Sky is Everywhere

Female Characters with Stories to Tell

Fiction that feels authentic

One thing I love about reading is the opportunity to get lost in someone else's voice. Characters may act differently or make choices I wouldn't, but a great writer helps me understand why - because the characters feel like real people, and real people react in different ways! The following books may not have a lot in common thematically or stylistically, but they all feature female narrators with compelling voices and stories I cared about.  

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Swords and Swoons

Young Adult high fantasy -- with a dash of romance

Swords, magic, political intrigue, and assassination attempts are just a few qualities that can make for an exceptional fantasy novel.  Romantic plotlines, when done well, add levels of tension and emotion that make the best high fantasy even richer and more emotional.  The love stories in these books are not necessarily the major story arc, but they won’t disappoint if you like a side of swoons with your action and adventure.

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