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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.

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?  

Anna Dressed in Blood

Summer Horror Scream Show

Teen YA for the Frights

What are you afraid of? How can a book accelerate your heart rate? Explore one (or more) of the following titles to find out. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Here and Now

Moving Through Time and Space

Young Adult Fiction With Time and Inter-Dimensional Travel

Some of the most thrilling books involve characters operating in multiple time periods to accomplish a personal goal or rectify a dire circumstance. Whether going backward in history, or forward in time, stories that use this literary device become exciting with each layer of anticipation. The following titles feature teens traveling through time or other dimensions to initiate a chain of compelling events. 

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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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Challenge This!

Teen and Young Adult books with Controversial Themes

Banned Books Week (September 24-30, 2017) is a very popular time for readers everywhere. As our society continues to wrestle with ideas concerning sexuality, violence, social issues, and language within literature, many authors will continue to challenge longstanding opinions about these topics. The following books have been challenged by schools, libraries, and media outlets, drawing controversial attention nationwide.  

Mexican Whiteboy

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.  

Wonders of the Invisible World

Supernatural Teens

Books about young people and their amazing abilities

If you consider yourself a literary fan of heavy suspense, dark undertones, and fast moving storytelling, paranormal fiction just might be a sub-genre worth investigating. These are the books that typically grab my attention and maintain interest all throughout hundreds of pages from beginning to end. If you're searching for books that provide a thrill, browse the recommendations below to see what jumps out at you!

attack on titan

Manga You Should Be Reading!

The Anime Fan's Reading List

Manga is very important to the anime world, as it represents the source material for popular shows. For anime fans who enjoy reading this source material, DC Public Library has a number of manga series that span across action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian themes, dark undertones, shōnen, shōjo, and many other genres. If you consider yourself an avid reader or a casual fan looking to build a queue, please consider the titles below!

Beneath a Meth Moon

Teens and Adversity

Realistic fiction about young people in challenging situations

Books geared toward teens encompass a multitude of subjects that speak to their interests, upbringing, and personal experiences. In the real world, young people endure challenges that force them to overcome obstacles they have no control over, or from circumstances they contributed to. The proceeding realistic fiction highlights teenagers navigating adversity with an emphasis on behavioral reactions or coping mechanisms that create more harm than good.