Kelly Milner Halls takes the simplest equation—1+1=2—and brings it to a bright new level. As the editor of Girl Meets Boy, an anthology of short stories examining the sometimes awkward, sometimes tender and sometimes toxic path to young love a couple might experience, she has stockpiled a roster of 12 lauded writers (including herself) and produced six pairs of he-said/she-said love stories.
Find more short-story collections for teens with romantic themes.
Proving true the old adage that ...
Veera Hiranandani says her career incarnations have included stints as an admissions counselor, a writing teacher and a children’s book editor. With her first novel for young readers, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, the author introduces readers to Sonia, the product of an intercultural marriage.
Hiranandani’s novel explores the father/daughter relationship as well as the sometimes-complicated issues surrounding identity and middle-school friendship.
Revisit the best teen books of 2011.
Was there a particular image or event that ...
Ah, death. It’s pretty much everywhere in teen lit, isn’t it?
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on A.S. King's 'Everybody Sees the Ants.'
You’ve got the classic Dying Young Stories, like pretty much anything by Lurlene McDaniel: Six Months to Live; I Want to Live; Please Don’t Die; Too Young to Die; Sixteen and Dying; She Died Too Young; Mother, Help Me Live; Mother, Please Don’t Die...the tear-stained list goes on and on and sadly on ...
Even in a field that’s known for being both willing and eager to innovate and experiment, A.S. King is a standout on teen shelves.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on the Iron Seas series.
As she’s so unpredictable, critical and popular reaction to her writing has occasionally been mixed, but as of yet, my reaction has been anything but. Having read all her YA novels thus far, here’s my take: Her books are impossible to pigeonhole, similar to ...
For the last two months, I’ve read nothing but straight-up YA lit. No fantasy, no science fiction, no horror. No alt-history, no zombies, dragons, krakens, nanotech, robots or airships. It’s been all realism, all the time.
Check out Children's and Teen Editor Vicky Smith's favorite books of 2011.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Cybils season. I love completely immersing myself into one category of book, I love having the opportunity to pick up on the less-obvious ...
Recently, I had this exchange in the staff lunchroom while reading Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden:
Co-worker: What’s your book about?
Me: Um. Among other things, consensual incest.
At this point, all other conversation died out and everyone turned to stare at me.
Co-worker: Don’t you just read books for teenagers?
Me: Mostly. And it’s a YA book, yeah.
And then I panicked and gave the whole room finger-guns.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on books ...
You know what it's like: Someone asks you for a book recommendation, and all of a sudden your mind goes blank. Then it fills so rapidly you can't possibly filter out just one title or two.
Read more of the best Children's and Teen books for 2011.
That's how I felt in trying to pick my five favorite books of the year. After all, it was murder just narrowing down to the hundred-and-a-few that appear on ...
Ah, pre-solstice December in Maine. Three weeks in which it gets so bleak and dark and cold that I spend most of my free time cooking, eating, hibernating and/or trying to lull my brain into a false sense of nondepression with reruns of Psych and The Mentalist*. When I’m not doing those things, my free time is spent with books that will bring me anywhere, anytime that isn’t here.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom about 2011 YA ...