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Twenty Books told with Charts, Images, Diary Entries, Texts and More!

Sick of the same old book format? These 20 reads will add plenty of variety.

Get in the Halloween Spirit with This Eerie Contest!

These spooky reads will go perfectly with your candy bars...enter the contest, today!

Every Day Authors and Teen Board Members Talk Banned Books

In this post, Linas Alsenas and Alyssa L. talk TTYL by Lauren Myracle.

Mermaids, Tightrope Walkers, and a Young Love That Breaks Boundaries

This debut novel is written like a "Bob Dylan song, using only the finest words...and plucking the most fragile heartstrings."

Two Authors Spin This Classic Fairy Tale on Its Head

We talk to Alex Flinn and Donna Jo Napoli about envy, magic mirrors and their brand new YA novels.

An Ambitious, Probing Graphic Novel That Offers a Unique Look at Hurricane Katrina

"I couldn't help but feel like I knew the people of New Orleans, personally." Read the full review,  here!

Features and Contests

UnBan a Book Week

Banned Books Week 2015 (September 27 - October 3) is focusing on YA Books this year, and we couldn't be more excited to help celebrate some of the truly amazing stories that have been banned across the country. Every day from Thursday, September 17th through Friday, October 9th, we'll focus on a different frequently banned YA book, and have a YA author and one or two Teen Board members answer questions about why it was so meaningful to them. Click here to see the entries so far, and be sure to check out these books, yourself!

National Book Award for Young People's Literature Long List

Click here to see the titles on the long list for one of the most prestigious literature awards in the country! How many have you read?

October Teen Board Question

To trick or to treat --- that is the question! Now that Halloween is just around the bend, we wanted to know: if our Teen Board members could either play a (friendly!) prank on a YA character OR give them a tasty treat, what would they do and who would be the recipient of your holiday spirit? Click here to see their answers!

Cool & New

Our October roundup includes ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and THE ROSE SOCIETY, the second book in Marie Lu's Young Elites series.

Side by Side


Read our Snow White Side by Side, featuring Alex Flinn (MIRRORED) and Donna Jo Napoli (DARK SHIMMER).

Latest Reviews

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. 

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at 13, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets 12-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

The Detour by S. A. Bodeen - Fiction

Livvy Flynn is a big deal. She's rich, she's famous, she's gorgeous and she's full of herself. And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she's hurt, and she's tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go.

Jen Larsen, author of the critically acclaimed memoir STRANGER HERE and a subject of the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show “In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod,” tells a liberating story of hard-won self-acceptance --- a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks --- and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.  

Lo-Melkhiin killed 300 girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice --- leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. But it seems that a strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king...if only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster. 


Jennifer has to force her family to realize that she needs treatment for her eating disorder. But her experience in an eating disorder treatment unit isn't quite what she expected. In 1988, when she was 15, JJ Johnson was hospitalized for treatment of bulimarexia, a combination of bulimia and anorexia. 

When Sofie is forced to stay with her mother and grandmother while her dad's away, she is confronted with their memories of the ruthless Khmer Rouge, a war-torn countryside, and deeds of heartbreaking human devotion. 

Rakmen Cannon's life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he's flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn't bring back the dead.