Favorite Teen Award Winners

I was really excited last month when the Young Adult Library Services Association announced that Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick was the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award winner. The Printz Award is presented to the book that “exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature” each year. The Printz Award list is a surefire way to find…
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5-Star Books I Read in 2013

I read a lot of awesome books in 2013. Some were heartbreaking while others were inspirational and some were a little bit of both. The authors brought to life characters that I was sad to say goodbye to at the end of the story. Here are a few of my favorites. Benjamin Alire Sáenz uses…
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Winter Survival: Who Will Make It Out Alive?

Did you see Jimmy Kimmel's video making fun of weathercasters' reactions to the "cold" weather California is experiencing right now? 60 degrees is not cold! That temperature sounds pretty appealing at this point. For some stories of cold weather, arctic chill and survival, check out these titles. In Survive, Jane plans to commit suicide while flying home from a treatment program…
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I Never Want This Book to End

Have you ever read a book that makes you sad when it's over? I sure have. This happened to me most recently with Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel I'll Be There. It is a teen book that anyone can enjoy. The novel follows the lives of two young people, Emily and Sam, who come from completely…
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Graphic Novels to Tug at Your Heartstrings

There are so many amazing graphic novels out there these days, but did you know that some of them are true stories? If illustrated memoirs intrigue you, the following titles will make you feel all the feelings. They're touching, disturbing, heart-wrenching, inspiring and informative. Even if you've never read a graphic novel, I recommend you dive into these titles…
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Start a New Teen Series

If you've recently finished a series and are looking to start a new one, you've come to the right place. With so many series out there, it can be overwhelming at times, but the below first titles in a series will have you hooked and wanting more…
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