Young Adult & Children’s Literature

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When Best Friends Fall Apart

When Best Friends Fall Apart

IN THE OPENING of Juliana Romano’s debut novel, First There Was Forever, Lima and Hailey, best friends since elementary school and now on the verge of 10th grade, are sitting on the beach behind Li...

Eight Ways Red

Eight Ways Red

AT FIRST, it might seem like an impossible task. Take Little Red Riding Hood, and rewrite it eight different times for the toughest of audiences: young adult readers, who will straight up tell you if ...

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Me

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Me

WHEN I WAS A GIRL, I thought of Laura Ingalls Wilder as my grandmother, sort of. My mother had grown up in Missouri, down the road from Rocky Ridge Farm during the years Wilder was there writing the L...

Fatal Attraction: Love and Murder in Tennessee

Fatal Attraction: Love and Murder in Tennessee

WHEN SHE WAS 19, Alice Mitchell fell in love. She wanted to get married, but knew she would need a plan: first for securing her beloved with a proposal and engagement ring; then for working out the lo...

Dancing at the Edge

Dancing at the Edge

SOME BOOKS make us wild to find out what happens next. We secret them behind geometry textbooks. We ignore our loved ones just to keep reading. We cross busy streets with our eyes still on the page. T...

Discovering Tight Clothing

Discovering Tight Clothing

    WITHIN 24 HOURS of getting her braces off, freshman honor student Martine "Teenie" Lashley discovers tight clothing. The duckling-to-swan transformation begins Christopher Gran...

Worth the Trip

Worth the Trip

JOHN DONOVAN'S 1969 novel I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. is almost certainly the first book for young adults that deals explicitly with homosexuality. Forty-five years later, gay men...

Parents, Teenagers, and the Books in Between

Parents, Teenagers, and the Books in Between

School’s started. In just a few hours (10:29 p.m. EDT) it will officially be fall.  Right about now classrooms across the world are settling into their routine. Students have figured out where the...

Vampire Socials

Vampire Socials

AT HIS INCEPTION, the vampire was a solitary figure. Typically the occupant of sprawling gothic ruins atop a desolate mountain, he was pallid, fanged, and obviously monstrous, occasionally distinguish...

Zombie Novels. (You Know, For Kids!)

Zombie Novels. (You Know, For Kids!)

ALMOST TWO CENTURIES have elapsed since the word “zombie” was introduced into the English language. Back in 1819, Romantic poet Robert Southey first used the word in a history of Brazil. This usag...