New Teen Series to Read Before the Sequel

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Have more free time now that school's out for summer? Grab one of these action-packed novels and pull up your beach chair before the sequels hit the shelves. In The Wrath & the Dawn, Shahzrad marries the caliph with plans to avenge her cousin's death. The sequel to this thrilling retelling of Arabian Nights, The Rose and the […]

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Teen Pride 2016

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Summer is my favorite time of year. The restaurant patios come back, the lake is slightly less frigid and there's Pride Month, the best of all months! To celebrate, here are some teen books that feature protagonists who identify as LGBTQ. Malinda Lo's duet Adaptation and Inheritance is pure science fiction with a wonderfully queer twist. Reese and her […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Magical YA Fiction

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This post is the second in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and a distinct aesthetic. Love the way the style of Lemonade […]

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Game On! Games in Fiction

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Coming up on February 6 is the next 1st Saturdays: Careers In Focus: Gaming. On this first one of the year we'll be geeking out with professionals in the gaming industry, so get your gaming fill before then with some of these awesome gaming books. Graphic novels are a great place to start for gaming fiction […]

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Teen Winners of 2016 Youth Media Awards

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The winners and finalists for literature for teens were announced today at the ALA Youth Media Awards. Michael L. Printz Award Bone Gap by Laura Ruby won the Michael L. Printz Award. The Printz Award recognizes excellence in literature written for young adults, and this small town story examines a kidnapping, told from multiple points of view, […]

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5 Books to Channel Your Inner Shadowhunter

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With the TV version of Cassandra Clare's wildly popular Mortal Instruments series debuting on January 12, why not binge-read other teen novels full of big-city paranormal romances and epic battles between good and evil? If you enjoy fantasy in a modern setting, try Holly Black's latest, The Darkest Part of the Forest. It features a tourist-trap town full of fairies and a […]

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Holiday Fiction for Teens

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When I was a kid, my favorite thing was to read all the holiday books that spent most of the year living in the closet with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Most of those books were for children, like The Polar Express, or for adults, like Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, which is one of my absolute […]

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Top Picks for Katniss Fans

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The last film of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2, is finally here! Having to wait a year for its November 20 release was a pain, but I'm hoping it will be well worth it to see Katniss take on President Snow. The end of a series is always bittersweet because even though you […]

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It’s Alive! Frankenstein’s Many Lives

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The newest version of Dr. Frankentstein’s life, Victor Frankenstein, is hitting screens on November 25 and I’m super excited that one of my favorite literary characters is coming back to the screen. In the meantime, check out some of these adaptations and books inspired by Mary Shelley and her novel. Famed artist Gris Grimly has […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Contest

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The last installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2 is finally here! It's movie release to the public is November 20, but now's your chance to see it early. Do you have a favorite scene from The Hunger Game series? Let us know by entering our contest. Here's how: Follow @YOUmediaChicago on Twitter Tweet […]

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