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The Monday Poll: Supporting Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book | The Hub

The Monday Poll: Supporting Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book | The Hub | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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In this Poll, Regan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell got my vote, how about you?

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Young adult literature has many amazing genres and sub-genres, let's explore the latest books and hottest topics in YA reading.
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a review of More Happy Than Not

a review of More Happy Than Not | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Thank you to NetGalley, Soho Press and Soho Teen for the ARC, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. Aaron Soto is a character you will not soon forget. He is honest, curious, and searching for happiness in his Bronx neighborhood that is constricting and judgmental. It is Aaron’s thoughts, words, and actions that speak deeply about the kind of guy Aaron desperately wants to be in his neighborhood and the wider world around him. It is through a series of relationships, decisions, and the futuristic Leteo Institute that the reader discovers Aaron is struggling with being gay in a world that ...
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Great new diverse title teens and adults should read.

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Kids in the Aftermath: Katrina in Young Adult Fiction - The Los...

Kids in the Aftermath: Katrina in Young Adult Fiction - The Los... | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
VISITING MY LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, I came across a display for a new book, just published in February: A Penguin Named Patience: A Hurricane Katrina Rescue Story, a picture book for children by Suzanne Lewis and Lisa Anchin. I couldn’t help but stop and leaf through this attractive volume about...
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Hurricane Katrina novels

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Summer Reading Lists: Worst Titles Ever — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Summer Reading Lists: Worst Titles Ever — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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an open letter to Jet Blue

an open letter to Jet Blue | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
As authors, librarians, publishers, and scholars of children's literature, we were thrilled to learn that Jet Blue was promoting a new initiative within the Soar with Reading program. Placing free ...
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We need diverse books!

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Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Review: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Title: The Fixer Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Release Date: July 7th, 2015 Interest: Mystery/Thriller Source: ARC received from the publisher Summary (From Goodr...
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I like Jennifer Lynn Barnes- she writes about strong female characters!

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Chicago: Read Through the Windy City

Chicago: Read Through the Windy City | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Our family vacation this year was a road trip from our home in Maryland to Chicago, so I thought it would be fun to find books with a connection to this famous metropolis. Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko (Best Book for Young Adults 2005, 2005 Audiobook for Young Adults). Although NOT set…
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Loved all these Chicago books and I added Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles in the comments!

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a review of Lair of Dreams

a review of Lair of Dreams | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the ARC, Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, second book in The Diviners Series and oh was it awesome and heart-pounding! I could not put it down. Once again the reader is ensconced in the 1920s world where Evie O’Neill has become a hit radio personality as a Diviner. But all is not well in New York as an unknown sleeping sickness is claiming more and more victims. Evie and her Diviner friends are pulled into an increasing storm involving underground railroad tunnels, ghosts, and dreams. What I loved about this book was t...
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This 2nd book in the series is spine tingling and super spooky! I LOVED IT!!!

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23 Struggles Only Book Nerds Will Understand

23 Struggles Only Book Nerds Will Understand | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
The struggle is very, very real.
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I love being a book nerd!!!

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Rich in Color | Books Beyond the United States

Rich in Color | Books Beyond the United States | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Love all these books- I have read some but there are others that look awesome! 

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Reading as a Witness to Lives Lived by Sarah J. Donovan

Reading as a Witness to Lives Lived by Sarah J. Donovan | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Sometimes I feel like at outsider. In ELA department meetings and the education courses I teach because ELA teachers like to talk about their favorite childhood books, how they read under covers wi...
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Wonderful post by an ELA teacher and her saga and bearing witness stories in YA

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Celebrate Bastille Day with French Authors and Themed Novels!

Celebrate Bastille Day with French Authors and Themed Novels! | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Tomorrow is Bastille Day! To commemorate this day check out some French authors who have had their titles for teen readers published in the US and teen novels that center on French culture and history. Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! French Authors No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults) Life as…
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I like the books taking place in France, especially Anna and the French Kiss and Just One Day!

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a review of The Girl on the Train

a review of The Girl on the Train | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
I loved the voices of Rachel, Megan and Anna in this thriller whodunit. Not only did this train mean something to every narrator; I felt like I was hurtling along trying to figure out what really happened in this mystery. A great beach read, this book does not disappoint!
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Suspense, mystery- great beach read!

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Special Olympics, YA Lit Style!

Special Olympics, YA Lit Style! | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Have you  been watching the Special Olympics? What an incredible group of athletes! It occurred to me that we might find some potential participants in young adult novels. Let's see who might make it on the roster. Aquatics Like T. J. in Chris Crutcher's Whale Talk (2002 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults), we see the…
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Students will love these books featuring kids with disabilities, I loved Whale Talk and Marceloin the Real World and my latest fave, Girls Like Us!

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Finding the Funny: The Newbery Award and Various Works of Hilarity — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Finding the Funny: The Newbery Award and Various Works of Hilarity — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
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Humor is so important!

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Librarians Tackle Body Shaming via “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr

Librarians Tackle Body Shaming via “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
On June 1, Faythe Arredondo, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Kelly Jensen, and Angie Manfredi, four bloggers, readers, and (mostly) librarians launched the “Size Acceptance in YA” Tumblr examining “fatness, fatphobia, body shaming, body policing, body objectification, and all other things relating to size and body acceptance in YA literature.”
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Historical Must-Read | Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Historical Must-Read | Book Review: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
There will be a LOT of gushing about Legacy of Kings in this review...

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Definitely want to read this title!

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Genre Kryptonite: Books about Immigrants

Genre Kryptonite: Books about Immigrants | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
August 2015 marks 20 years that my parents and I have been living in the United States. We came to Chicago from Mexico City, and in those 20 years my family and I have achieved a great deal. My parents … Continued
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Read and loved most of these titles!

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Of Gender, Growth, and Change by Michael M. Guevara

Of Gender, Growth, and Change by  Michael M. Guevara | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Years ago, I had what I called my summer of chick lit. I read some Alice Seabold, Lisa See, and Nicholas Sparks. I teased and joked about it to others before they could pass judgment on my reading ...
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Great post once again about letting kids read what they want!

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Book S’mores

Book S’mores | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
One of my favorite things about summer is the variety of treats that are best eaten during summer months: fruit that comes in season, treats like ice cream that are best eaten in hot weather, and s'mores. I love the process of toasting marshmallows over a fire and sandwiching them between graham crackers with a…
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I am definitely going to have to read Stick by Andrew Smith!

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Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Villains by Ben Kuhlman

Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Villains by Ben Kuhlman | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
A while ago, I started thinking about the connection between a good sci-fi/fantasy story and a good villain.  A really scary, truly evil villain can make a story.  I thought it would be fun to thin...
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Great post with more titles to read!

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Mysterious Magical Realism Book Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

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Posted by:  Lisa Parkin   July 14, 2015 0 Comments

 

Horror noobs: The Accident Season is all clear!

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Title & Author: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Kathy Dawnson Books – Penguin

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher

Description:

“Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.

 

Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she’s ready or not. ”

Deliciously Creepy & Suspenseful

I don’t like or enjoy horror books. I do, however, dabble in suspenseful or slightly creepy books (like The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for example).

The Accident Season hit that sweet spot of the mysterious and the macab. It’s the subtle things that get to me when it comes to thrillers, and the author really knew just the right balance to achieve.

First, I loved that the book was set in a small village in Ireland. The language of the book doesn’t really include any different sayings or expressions, so I’m thinking that was taken out to appeal to American teens (the book is also being published overseas as well). I could be totally wrong though.

So, the book is about this family who is extremely accident prone around a particular time of year. Broken bones, scrapes, cuts and if it’s a really bad season…death.

Just like you’d think, the story focuses on digging into what these accidents take place every year. What is magical about the book is that other ideas and issues are artfully woven in while you don’t even realize it.

The Accident Season is a beautifully written novel disguised as a page-turning thriller. This is mainly a contemporary story but with magical realism moments.

There are a few scenes (you’ll know them when you read them) that are so vivid you’ll feel like you’re there. Not a lot of novels can accomplish that level of description and atmosphere, and I was so impressed with how the author performed that here.

The ending is a slightly abrupt – probably just because I wanted more. There are so many questions to answer and while there is room for the reader to wonder, I’m so thankful there are definitive answers for most.

There is a sense of poetry to the story. It’s dreamy and mystical while feeling tangible and fluid. I am a huge fan with the storytelling in the book.

OVERALL:

If you’re looking to be thrilled but not terrified and moved by descriptive and romantic text, then this is the book for you. I was very impressed with the well-executed magical realism and the shrouded mystery that kept me guessing. I highly recommend The Accident Season.

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Loved this review- definitely going to read this creepy title!!!

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Summer Sweat: 5 Stimulating Sports Stories

Summer Sweat: 5 Stimulating Sports Stories | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
While school is out and you are free to enjoy your summer, you might be loading your calendar with fun activities, such as road trips, adventures, and sports. Tennis, archery, and aquatics are some popular sports during the summer that you can become involved with. Many recent young adult titles feature exciting sports stories for…
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Loved The Crossover!!! Try the others too!

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a review of Everything I Never Told You

a review of Everything I Never Told You | Young Adult Novels | Scoop.it
Loved this book about the wide ranging effects of grief that the death of a favorite daughter causes in a mixed-race family in a 1970s small town. James Lee is Chinese, born and raised in the US, but that has not stopped him from hearing the racial slurs, having few friends, and being embarrassed by his parents. As a college professor, he meets, falls in love and marries Marilyn, blond hair, blue eyes and not Chinese. They have 3 children and it is the middle child, Lydia, who is raised with many expectations. The author does a superb job of exploring the depths of each family members' m...
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Alex Award winner and powerful novel of family, grief, and misunderstandings

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