Young Adult
Big Spring Books

Our Picks for the Best Books of the Season

I know this will be hard to believe for many (I’m thinking of you Northeastern states!), but spring is almost sprung and with it a bevy of exciting book releases. From blockbusters to the best in literary fiction, nonfiction, children's...

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H is for Hawk

Weekend Reading

Walking to the park last weekend, I collided with a young chap so engrossed in a book that he…well, ran into me. He was reading the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (“the very best one!” he exclaimed). Not terribly astute at multi-tasking myself, I think I’ll don a helmet when I venture back to the park this Saturday with my weekend reads. Here’s a peek at what a few of the editors will be digging into:

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Mockingbird

Sara Says... A Long-Awaited Sequel Appears

Like millions of readers, I was thrilled this week to hear that Harper Lee was finally going to publish another book. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the touchstones of my youth, of my experience as a reader, as, well. . . as an American. And to learn today that Lee will publish another book about Scout and Gem and Atticus. . .

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YA Wednesday: 2015 Michael L. Printz Award

This might out me as a total book geek (as if that's news...) but when the time came during the ALA awards webcast to learn the winning and honored books for the Michael L. Printz award, my heart started pounding. Besides there being no list of finalists, every year there can be a different number of honor books and this year, like last, there are four...

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YA Wednesday: Best Books of January

In the last couple of years January has been a really strong month for YA. Consider 2012's The Fault in Our Stars, 2013's Just One Day, and last year's Hollow City. All January, all stand outs for the year. 2015...

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YA Wednesday: Best Books of 2014

Back in January I thought 2013 was going to be tough to beat in terms of great YA but here it is, mid-November, and I just got over the trama of having to narrow down my favorites to a list...

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YA Wednesday: Carl Hiaasen on His First Young Adult Novel

Carl Hiaasen has joined the ranks of best-selling authors writing for younger readers. He's already written a handful of books for readers age 10 and up, including his most recent, Chomp. Hiaasen's first young adult novel, Skink: No Surrender (one...

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Belzhar

YA Wednesday: Meg Wolitzer on "Belzhar"

Back in June I read a book called Belzhar that I'd been hearing about. Author Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings was one of our Best Books of 2013 and prior to that I'd loved her novel for middle graders, The Fingertips...

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BloodOlympus

Rick Riordan's Greek Mythology Pop Quiz

Today marks the release of The Blood of Olympus, the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. It's hard to believe the second Percy Jackson series has come to an end, but in true Riordan fashion...

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Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to...

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