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YA retold

Fresh adaptations and retellings can be a way to engage readers with (or introduce them to) classics. Here are four retellings that give their original source material new life for a new generation of readers. See also our Summer Reading list, featuring Soman Chainani’s reimagined fairy tale collection Beasts and...
      

Not too cool

The following school-set novels for tween and teen readers touch on identity, friendship, dating, family, education, grief, and more — all issues perennially faced (and grappled with) by real-life young adults. In Honor of Broken Things by Paul Acampora Middle School    Dial    208 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-9848-1664-1    $17.99 e-book ed. ...
      

YA Pride

June is Pride Month, and these six YA titles — a contemporary novel in verse; a fantasy; historical fiction tinged with magic; horror; and two works of realistic fiction — showcase the diversity of choice for readers seeking LGBTQIA+ characters. See also Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist...
      

The costs of conflicts

The tolls of war, conflict, and instability are innumerable, especially to young people. The following books, three YA novels and one memoir for a slightly younger audience, aim to capture these difficult-to-fathom experiences and their aftermaths. See also Five Questions for Ruta Sepetys about I Must Betray You. Enduring Freedom...
      

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

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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...
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