Young Adult

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Reading List: National Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Awareness Month, also known as Suicide Prevention Month. Award-winning titles in this booklist share stories of characters who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend who has committed suicide. As always, with reading there is understanding. It is our hope […]

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Thematic Reading List: Kids and Teens in Business

Businesses aren’t just for adults—kids and teens can have them, too! More and more, young entrepreneurs are finding their place in the world. No longer is the lemonade stand their primary outlet for making money, either. The nonfiction titles in this booklist introduce readers aged 12-18 to the idea of business and how they can […]

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Thematic Reading List : The Space Race

Learn about the people who made space travel happen. Recommended for grades 5 and up.                       Hidden figures By: Margot Lee Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight […]

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Thematic Reading List:Summer

Our teen summer reading list includes essential summer settings. Recommended towards ages 13 and up.                         Camp So-and-So By: Mary McCoy Twenty-five girls are invited to attend the mysterious Camp So-and-So over the summer where they work with their cabin mates to compete in […]

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Thematic Reading List: Pride Month

LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated in the United States every year in June, with a series of events, parades, concerts, and festivals taking place across the nation. CLCD has information about many books featuring LGBTQ characters within its large database of titles. Here are just a few for ages 12 and up. Contributed by: Elizabeth […]

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Thematic Reading List: Living in Foster Care: A Teen’s Journey

Foster care can be a place of safety for some and a place of tragedy for others. This booklist includes stories that look at both sides from a teen’s perspective. Titles are recommended for ages 13 to 18. Contributed by: Elizabeth Bridges             Flight By: Sherman Alexie A powerful, fast […]

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Thematic Reading List: Resistance

Throughout history, underground movements have aided, freed, and saved the lives of numerous groups of people. As the Nazis overcame cities and countries throughout Europe, many citizens fought back by forming underground movements, named Resistance groups. Each of the titles in our list looks at the brave young people who joined the Resistance groups, whether […]

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Thematic Reading List: Merry YA Christmas

What made our YA list for cocoa-worthy reading? Stories featuring a seasonal job, pregnant teen, missing classmate, family mystery, and a few love interests. Here is our list of appealing YA books to cozy by the fire with.               Billy Christmas By: Mark Pritchard Billy’s father disappeared last Christmas […]

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Thematic Reading List: 20 Books Featuring Native American Characters

Our list of middle grade and YA books feature Native Americans in various situations and time periods. Many of the books are geared towards age 10 and up.                     The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall 2018 Celebrating Multiculturalism & Our World

Our celebration of our diverse world includes books that take a peek at places around the globe and also books that show multicultural characters displaying bravery. Suggested age range and month of publication is included with each entry. Be sure to use the links provided to find similar books to those shown.                   […]

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Thematic Reading List: Fall Trends in YA Publishing

Our Fall 2018 YA list includes books that follow this year’s trends of empowering females and recognizing the plight of all people, regardless of race or origin. Each book reflects timely issues that are being played out in our society, regardless of the book’s setting or time-period. Books included are both fiction and nonfiction for ages […]

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Thematic Reading List: A Trip Around the World in 20 Books

You can go around the world without leaving the country. How? By reading books, of course. This list of fiction and nonfiction books takes readers on a global adventure. Whether finding out what other children are doing around the world at a specific time or falling in love in another country, this list is sure to give […]

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Thematic Reading List: 10 Titles for National Cousins Day (July 24)

Families are different and so are our relationships with our cousins. Cousins can be friends, foes, distant, or close. This list of middle grade and YA books highlight cousin relationships.             Belle Prater’s Boy By: Ruth White When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a […]

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Thematic Reading List: National I Love Horses Day

July 15th is National I Love Horses Day. To celebrate, we are revisiting 10 horse themed classics and soon to be classics.               Misty of Chincoteague By: Marguerite Henry Two children from Chincoteague help in the annual roundup of wild horses on a nearby island. They work hard to raise money […]

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Thematic Reading List: National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day- July 7

In honor of National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day we are browsing through 14 books focused on father-daughter interactions and relationships. Includes picture and YA books.             A Photo for Greta By: Anna Alter Greta’s father is a professional photographer who is often away from home, but when he and Greta are […]

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Award of The Week-The Green Earth Book Award

The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books. Over 128 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005. Each year, an expert jury selects books that best convey the message of environmental stewardship in these categories:   Picture Book: Books for young readers […]

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Featured Article: Adults Read YA Too

In Crossover Readers’ Advisory: Maximize Your Collection to Meet Reader Satisfaction, edited by Jessica E. Moyer, she and various librarians present a collection of adult books that teens may like and a collection of young adult books that adults may like. Moyer and the other contributors have done a wonderful job of filling a void in Reader’s Advisory. With […]

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Thematic Reading List- 15 Character Driven YA Novels

While YA novels can be a mesh of character and plot, it seems that the character is the true star of the story and the reason readers keep reading until the end. Will the high school football player ever be understood? Who is a person really responsible for? What if something monumental happens that changes a character’s future […]

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Award of the Week- Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The first award was given in 2000 and all winners are listed below.     […]

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Thematic List- The Luck of the Irish

We’ve all heard about the luck of the Irish. This week’s list includes many characters who desire a touch of luck. Books listed cover a variety of ages, from six to sixteen.                   A Big Dose of Lucky By: Marthe Jocelyn Sixteen-year-old Malou decides to uncover the circumstances […]

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