Awesomely Odd Books for Teens

Weird Picture of People in Witch Costumes in 1978

With cold in the air and ads everywhere for Halloween costumes and party supplies, you might be in the mood to read something a little strange. I've got five books for your weird mood, featuring strange characters - the sort of characters that would be (and in some cases are) at home in a sideshow, mad scientists or […]

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Dancing Through Books

dancer's feet in tondue

When I was young, I dreamed of being a ballerina. Not in a casual way-- was serious about it. (And by serious, I mean sort of a little bit obsessed.) And to this day, I will immediately grab any book that is a tiny bit about dance. Pointe shoe on the cover? Done. Street dancers mid leap? […]

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Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

Every year in October, libraries across the nation celebrate reading for the fun of it through Teen Read Week, but reading for fun isn't just for one week! There are so many books out there for you that there's even a list of nominees for the Teens Top Ten of the year. Lately, I have found some […]

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National Coming Out Day

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October 11 is National Coming Out Day, a day when people celebrate living openly as LGBTQ. It’s totally normal to be nervous about coming out (I sure was!), but it’s also normal to feel excited, too. Every person is different. Some people start by telling only a few friends and family while others post it on […]

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Get Ready For Mockingjay: Part 1

The Hunger Games Series of Books

With Mockingjay Part 1 still two months away, the Hunger Games fans among you might be getting a little antsy. You're seeing more and more trailers, posters, celebrity interviews and posts all over the Internet. If you’re obsessed with books set in a messed-up future, like The Hunger Games or Divergent, you should probably get your hands on […]

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Be a Reading Rebel

Source: Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Did you know reading can be a form of rebellion? Growing up, I thought a forbidden book was one from my older sister's bedroom that I was not allowed in. Or maybe it was one from that section of the bookstore people are embarrassed to be found in...you know which section! As far as I […]

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Poetic Teen Novels

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Poems are like stories in themselves, but even more extraordinary to me is when an entire novel can be written as a poem. It’s like meditating about a character or experience, and I love how easy it is for my eyes to travel across the sparsely-filled pages, absorbing so much with so few words. There […]

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Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

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It's that time of year when teens across the country read and vote for their favorite novels for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. With such a large range of topics covered, there's something for everyone. In This Song Will Save your Life, Elise struggles with making friends until she wanders into a warehouse party. There she meets Vicky […]

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Moments That Change Everything

two paths

There are moments in life when your whole world changes. I remember getting a fat envelope that told me I got into college. When I opened it, I had to make a choice that would change my life—to go or not to go? But some life-changing moments are not as happy. In If I Stay, the life-changing […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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