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Unlikely YA Detectives

These teens didn’t plan on becoming detectives, but that won’t stop them solving these mysteries!

Being a detective isn’t what it seems like. These teens aren’t like Veronica Mars, who wants to be a private eye - they had to become detectives - either as a favor, to avenge a family member, or to protect themselves. But even if they didn’t want to be a detective before, there’s no denying that all of these protagonists are natural born sleuths and they’ll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of a mystery.  

Diary of Anne Frank

Injustice

Concentration and Internment Camps

My mother was recently reminiscing about her travels in Europe.  We got to talking about Amsterdam and the Secret Annex.  (See below for the web address.)  She has been there as both a teenager and an adult, and the experiences proved to be very different from each other.  That conversation led me to explore books about the experiences of children and teens in concentration and internment camps.

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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 Young Adult (YA) genre.

The Memory of Light

Suicide and Depression in Young Adult Literature

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness such as depression. Suicide and depression can be difficult subjects to approach, but fortunately, many young adult novels dealing these topics have been written in recent years. Books may provide an excellent way to reach out to teens struggling with depression or dealing with it in their family or friends.

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Cool as a Cucumber

Books to lower your temperature in the dog days of August

Has the sweltering heat and the stifling humidity been getting you down? A tall glass of ice water accompanied by one of these chilly reads will be sure to keep you cool! For Young Readers (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)   Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

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YA Books about Fandom

You don’t have to have a Tumblr dedicated to Hamilton or Beyoncé to appreciate these reads, but they may make you want to revisit some old mugglenet fic. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Mermaid Reads

Splash into underwater fantasy

Summertime always gets me dreaming about mermaids. They’ve swum through my imagination since I was a kid, coming to the surface (pun slightly intended) every time I stand on the beach, watching waves crash and hoping to spot a long, finned tail. Or even when I’m at the pool, and the trick of the light glinting off the too-blue waters maybe tricks me into seeing something I wish was there.

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ICEBERGS -- Teen Summer Reading List

In partnership with the National Building Museum

Through September 5, 2016, the National Building Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination with ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction.

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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

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Beach Reads 2016

When you think of summer books, does your mind go to the thriller that you can't put down while you're at the beach? Do you think of setting aside some time to finally get to that classic book you've been meaning to read forever? Or maybe you just want to read about two people who definitely won't be getting together at the end (wink wink). I think that the books on this list would fit very nicely with a cold drink and the unbearable humidity that we know and love.

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