Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez.
One of the factors that drives the YA market is crossover, in which titles aimed at adolescents and young adults are read by older adults. Hey, if you enjoy it, why not? Two recent surveys throw some literary light on preferences among YA readers.
Mya Zemlock, 14, can often be found with a book in her hand. But when she's not reading a book, she's writing one. A lover of the written word at a very young age, Zemlock, an eighth-grader at Homer-Center High School, expects her first self-published novel to be released early next year.
The teenagers in Jo Knowles’ young adult novels aren’t like the teenagers you see in films or television. They’re more complex, more confused, sometimes inarticulate, hungry for affection, and they don’t always grasp the consequences of their actions.
As we edge closer to December, most of us are beginning that yearly scramble for holiday gifts. Some have had every aunt, uncle, and second cousin accounted for months ago with gifts wrapped and bowed to boot. But for the rest of us — who are only human after all — it’s time to start up Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa lists.
A grounded-in-history legend, epic battle scenes, and elements of fantasy are intertwined in an action-packed 3-D adventure set in early 18th-century Japan. Keanu Reeves and a star-studded Japanese cast headline in 47 Ronin (PG-13), a re-imagining of one of Japan’s most beloved tales.
“New Trailer For 'Vampire Academy' Science Fiction St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them.”
Beginning with a list of several hundred books that have earned stars throughout the year, SLJ‘s book review editors commenced the grand task of winnowing down the best of the best. The volume of outstanding novels for young adults continues to grow, yielding characters that are fully realized and stay with readers long after the last page.
Young adult lit is filled with harsh breakups, from catching the guy you kissed making out with someone else to standing helplessly by while your first love chooses a path that doesn't include you. Check out these brutal YA kiss-offs and breathe easy that you dodged a bullet.
Christmas 2013: best fiction for teenagers – review The Guardian Marcus Sedgwick's storytelling is increasingly masterful and She Is Not Invisible (Indigo £9.99) is an absorbing and fast-paced thriller for a thinking teen or adult reader.
Multiple beheadings, one impaling, an omnipresent necromancer—these are just three indications that director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s’s 1937 adventure/fantasy The Hobbit has taken a dark turn.
Two consecutive weeks, two VIP movie theaters, two teen-driven futuristic action flicks. It could simply be my cinematic cravings that led me to watch similarly-themed films within a fortnight, but the Hollywood blockbuster machine is nothing but mimetic. Once a winning formula is established, studios rush to produce their own versions; since the groundbreaking success of the Harry Potter book-to-film franchise, Hollywood has been mining Young Adult Literature and Young Adult-driven genre fiction in search of their latest hit.
Karl is living in Berlin in 1934 and although he does not look Jewish or practice any Jewish beliefs he has ancestors who were Jewish and because of this connection has started getting bullied by the Hitler Youth. After one particularly bad beating he had to go serve at his father’s art gallery opening and he meets Max Schmeling, the famous German boxer.
I really think publishers should stop marketing books as “just like THIS REALLY POPULAR BOOK” because more often than not, it’s not an accurate comparison. And, fans just end up feeling misled and frustrated.
Local communities and school districts in recent weeks have rallied against challenges to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—garnering support for these acclaimed novels to remain, at least temporarily, on school reading lists in Brunswick, County, NC, and Billings, MT, respectively.
The editors at School Library Journal announced their picks for the best books of 2013 at a lively Twitter party Thursday night (#sljbestbooks). Books were selected in 3 categories: Fiction, Nonfiction and Adult Books 4 Teens. Here are the best YA titles in Fiction.