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2022 Summer Reading: High School

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2021–2022 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the...
      

Reviews of the 2022 Pura Belpré YA Award Winners

Winner How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland High School    Simon    432 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-5344-4866-7    $19.99 REVIEW TO COME             Honor Books Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa High School   ...
      

Nonfiction for Black History Month 2022

These true stories and insights from history, including biographies of notable figures (two in graphic-novel form!), bring immediacy for YA readers about significant lives of and times for Black people in America. See also Five Questions for Marilyn Nelson about Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life, Wade Hudson...
      

Review of Himawari House

Himawari House by Harmony Becker; illus. by the author High School    First Second    384 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-250-23556-5    $24.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-23557-2    $17.99 In this expertly crafted graphic novel, recent high school grad Nao, born in Japan and raised in the American Midwest, spends a gap year in Tokyo. “Only...
      

Transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary characters

The following YA titles star trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary characters whose identities are central to their stories without telling their whole stories. See also reviews of The Passing Playbook and Between Perfect and Real; Five Questions for Aiden Thomas about Cemetery Boys; and find additional books, articles, interviews, and more. Transgender Awareness...
      

Review of We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough; illus. by Maia Kobabe High School    Dutton    400 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-525-55605-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55607-7    $10.99 When the frat boy who raped her sister, Nor, is found guilty in court, Em feels vindicated and amazed, for it was...
      

YA issues in verse

Like the sixteen-year-old protagonist of Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam’s Boston Globe–Horn Book honor book Punching the Air, illustrated by Omar T. Pasha, the stars of these YA verse novels use poetry and art as means of self-expression to help them remain true to themselves. See also Five Questions about The...
      

Review of Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon High School    Delacorte    304 pp.    g 6/21    978-1-5247-1896-1    $19.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-1897-8    $22.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-1898-5    $10.99 When her parents get a divorce due to her dad’s infidelity, Evie is thoroughly disillusioned with the notion of love. A chance encounter while disposing of her...
      

Review of Switch

Switch by A.S. King High School    Dutton    240 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-525-55551-3    $17.99 “It is, and has been, June 23, 2020, for nine months now.” Global time has inexplicably paused. The U.S. government has created a new school curriculum called “Solution Time” that instructs students “to solve the world’s time...
      

Review of The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore High School    Feiwel    320 pp.    g 3/21    978-1-250-62412-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-62413-0    $10.99 In this story that blends realism and fairy tale, McLemore (Blanca & Roja, rev. 11/18) introduces readers to a sweet, warm young woman making her way through trauma. Ciela is La...
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