I was about 12 when my mom gave me Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It was Francie’s story that helped me (and continues to help me) find my voice.
Browsing: young adult
This week, Scholastic’s teen community, I Read YA, is celebrating its annual I Read YA Week celebration. This year’s theme is #YAStandsFor
Kiersten White’s And I Darken, about Lada Dracul and her brother, Radu, took my breath away. Its followup, Now I Rise, is even more engrossing.
Tonya Boldent’s haunting Crossing Ebenezer Creek explores the tragedy at Ebenezer Creek during which hundreds of freed slaves drowned.
Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief is a prequel to Code Name Verity. I have not read Code Name Verity, but that doesn’t matter if you pick up The Pearl Thief.
Dark Breaks the Dawn stands on its own. Sara B. Larson has created a complex and compelling world that should be applauded for its nuances.
Maud, by Melanie Fishbane, is a historical fiction YA novel based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s teenage years. It’s an engrossing read, perfect for the summer.
Being a teen is hard enough without losing a parent. Things are about to get even more complicated for the lead character in Carol Weston’s Speed of Life.
Duels & Deception is a fast-paced read that holds your attention. I read it in one sitting, and I expect to read it again in the near future.
Grief manifests itself in different ways — denial, anger, depression, guilt. Brigid Kemmerer explores these manifestations in Letters to the Lost.