2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences, denoted by an asterisk. “The 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list celebrates the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes and heroines, online rebellions, new takes on beloved characters, and so much more.” said Chair Marcus Lowry.
Best Young Adult Books For Grown-Ups In honor of National Support Teen Literature Day, we've collected the best books to pick up if you're in the mood for a little young adult lit. YA has only gotten more popular in the seven years since The Hunger Games came out in 2008. Blockbuster adaptations of stand-alone novels and series like The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, and Divergent have made YA familiar even to those who haven't picked up a book written for teens since they were a teen themselves. But just because the box office is dominated by dystopian landscapes and John Green doesn't mean that's all YA has to offer. Recent titles destined to become classics represent all sub-genres. There's everything from historical fiction to magical realism and literary fiction.
Nonfiction Award *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. YALSA's Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. The winner is announced annually at the ALA Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. Looking for Alaska Unrequited love. Pranks. Rule-breaking. Illicit behavior. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The award winner will be announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. Seals for the winning titles, finalist titles, and nominated titles can be purchased from the ALA Online Store.
A Guide to YA Novels with LGBTQ Characters Queer characters in young adult fiction are hardly ubiquitous; the majority of books still feature cisgender, heterosexual characters. But a growing number of young adult novels feature characters that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. They are moving beyond traditional coming out stories, and it’s becoming more common to see these characters in fantasy or sci-fi or for stories to feature characters with ambiguous identities. Some of these novels are explicitly marketed as LGBTQ books, and it’s easy to tell from the synopsis or book jacket that a novel features queer characters, but other times you might never know without reading the book.
75 Of The Coolest Librarians To Follow On Twitter Librarians have gotten a bad rap in the past, represented as bookwormish and ‘uncool’. But the fact is that today, librarians are really beginning to build up a name for themselves with their deep knowledge base and their access to huge stores of information. And social media has made it easier than ever to connect with librarians that are far beyond the norm. Twitter, for example, has offered librarians the chance to connect with millions of other people and today there are many librarians who have large followings on Twitter thanks to their informative and entertaining posts, their willingness to share knowledge, and their ability to interact with others.
Looking for Alaska Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Green was awarded the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska. Best Books 2014: Nonfiction June 9, 2015 School Library Journal The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens Best Books 2014: Nonfiction 44 Books to Read if You Love Twilight by First Mate Keira If you haven’t yet read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, you should. All 4 books are out. This is their order: Plus there’s a companion piece to Eclipse entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Best Nonfiction Books for Teens SummaryContains true stories of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, accompanied by photo evidence, eyewitness accounts, and interviews. SummaryWith gorgeous full-color spreads, this title covers facts on history, geography, science, and natural history. SummaryStillman guides young women through the complex maze between adolescence and adulthood, directing them to a healthy place where a strong sense of self and direction take center stage. SummaryPresents the stories of five children from five very different and distinct conflicts showing that it is the children who suffer most when countries wage war. SummaryTold through first-person accounts, photographs, and other primary sources, this book is an overview of racial segregation and early civil rights efforts in the United States. SummaryPracticed by many siblings, mastered by few: here is the definitive guide to tormenting one's brother or sister.