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Five-Star YA Books Published This Year

Liked it, really liked it, it was amazing – if you’re a GoodReads user, you’ll recognize these as the three, four, and five star ratings on the site. I admit, I’m probably a little over-generous with my stars. Looking back at this year’s reads, I’ve given no less than three stars to each. But I also feel like I’ve read some really good books!

Because I order books for the teen collection, many of those reads were Young Adult books. I know it’s a tad bit early for “Best of 2017” lists, but here are five published this year that I unhesitatingly gave five stars: Read More..

Surprise Skype with Acclaimed Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Breaking news! Laurie Halse Anderson, the New York Times bestselling author of children’s and young adult novels like Chains, Speak, and Wintergirls is coming to us live via Skype on SAT, October 14 from 2-3 PM in our Auditorium.

The call will start at 2:30 PM, but we’ll get the convo started at 2 PM.

“Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous international, national, and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also short-listed for the Carnegie medal.” (1)

All ages are welcome, but Teens have a chance to win signed copies of Anderson’s books and browse Message in the Margins, our new teen book club.


(1) Source: Author’s website

YA Backlist: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Whatever happened to Steampunk? According to some sources, this subgenre of science fiction that incorporates industrial steam-powered machinery from the 19th-century in alternative histories was “over” in 2010. Others might say last year.

In this YA Backlist post, I’m taking a look back at Scott Westerfeld’s YA contribution to Steampunk, Leviathan. To be honest, this was one of three or so Steampunk novels I read – but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the subgenre or Westerfeld’s novel. I do always find something fascinating about a “what if” premise. Read More..

The End

There is nothing more satisfying for me as a reader then reaching the end of a book that has a fist-pumping + “YAASS” ending. Read More..

YA Backlist: Reality Boy by A.S. King

I’m not ashamed to admit Young Adult lit predominated my reading list this year. It’s partly because I get to order books for the library’s teen collection—but also because YA books are awesome. Yeah, awesome. Books for teens have gotten so much more diverse, so much more in-depth, and so much more engaging over the past decade and a half. Any fan of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Andrew Smith, Tessa Gratton (this list could go on forever…) could tell you that. Read More..

YA Backlist: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

Yes, that catchy electropop hit by Ellie Goulding from 2012 is the inspiration and anthem for this young adult novel from 2015. Anything Could Happen is a light-hearted, pleasant read filled with optimism and a bit of cheese. Read More..

YA Backlist: 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith is probably one of my top favorite YA authors. His characters are honest and relatable, and their stories are always engaging. 100 Sideways Miles is no exception. Read More..