Category Archives: Teen/Young Adult

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Here’s a sweet-tart teen romance between players on rival video game teams that doesn’t gloss over the barriers that face female players. Continue reading

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Asian-American Graphic Novels 2020-2021

Here are all the Asian-American graphic novels published in the last two years I could find. Continue reading

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Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

I had worked closely with Angeline Boulley on putting together the Decolonizing Libraries panel for the KidLitCon 2020 that never happened, so naturally between that and being a book set in my home state, I went out and bought my … Continue reading

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe is a ground-breaking contemporary teen fantasy that blends the new with Lipan Apache traditions. Continue reading

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Complex & Compelling Teen Fantasy: Legendborn and Burn

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn and Burn by Patrick Ness are both finalists in the Teen Speculative Fiction category of the Cybils Awards with complex, multilayered, and very compelling narratives. Continue reading

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Top 24 Books that want to be nominated for the Cybils

One of the things I love about the Cybils Awards is that anyone can nominate their favorite book in each category, whether or not they are book professionals. One of the scary things about the Cybils Awards is that if no one nominates a book, it can’t be considered, no matter how good it is.  Continue reading

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Magical Black Girls: A Song Below Water and Snapdragon

Here are two tales of girls coming to terms with their own magic, A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow and Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. Continue reading

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Thinky Thoughts: Four Nonfiction Books for Adults and Teens

Here are shorter takes on four recent nonfiction books for adults and teens. Continue reading

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Superman Smashes the Klan and Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Here are two recent books by perennial favorite Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese  and The Shadow Hero, among many others. Continue reading

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More Teen Love: Opposite of Always, Emergency Contact, and Frankly in Love

I’m catching up on more heart-tugging teen romances that will still make you feel better about the world. Continue reading

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