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YALSA's 2016 Best Fiction For Young Adults

YALSA's 2016 Best Fiction For Young Adults
  2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults     This year's list features 64 titles. The members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee  are Laurie Bartz, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin; Elizabeth Bast, Starbuck Middle School, Racine WI; Julia Casas, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Shelley M....
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Clean Reads

Clean Reads
  We know it can be difficult as a parent, teacher, librarian, etc. to sometimes find books for younger or more sensitive readers. That is why, with the help of our very own C.J. Redwine, we're giving a list that is a great starting point for some of our favorite YA...
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The Librarian's Corner--December 21, 2015

The Librarian's Corner--December 21, 2015
  For this month's Librarian's Corner I wanted to feature some holiday-themed books that you could recommend to teen and adult readers, and use for displays! All of these stories are set during winter, and many of them feature characters celebrating a variety of holidays and festivities. There is romance, drama,...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--December 7, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--December 7, 2015
  Contributed by Brandy Colbert   Growing up as a teenager in the ’90s, there weren’t a whole lot of young adult books to choose from. I read whatever I could get my hands on, through either the library, the bookstore, or book fairs, but I wasn’t lucky enough to have...
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The Librarian's Corner--November 16. 2015

The Librarian's Corner--November 16. 2015
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  I don't know about you, but I am SUPER HYPED for the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in just a couple of weeks! The Hunger Games movies have been some of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever done (in my opinion!) and I can't way to see Katniss...
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SE-YA In the Boro--Press Release

SE-YA In the Boro--Press Release
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Elizabeth Drake, Staff Reviewer
That sounds like so much fun! Wish there was something like that in Atlantic Canada.
Friday, 06 November 2015 06:46
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Author Chat with Rachel Vincent

Author Chat with Rachel Vincent
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Contributed by Samantha Randolph    Our extraordinary staff reviewer Samantha Randolph says: " Hi YABCers! Today, we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rachel Vincent, author of the popular Soul Screamers   series, The Stars Never Rise , and more. Her new book, Menagerie , is unlike anything I've read before. It's...
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Jennifer Lancaster
A mermaid!
Sunday, 18 October 2015 17:27
Susan T.
I'd be a Sasquatch. I live in their supposed territory and I think it would be kind of fun to live in the forest and pop out once ... Read More
Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:37
Liana Allgeyer
I've always wanted to be a mermaid.
Monday, 19 October 2015 14:27
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Dreams Come True-- Press Release

Dreams Come True-- Press Release
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  I’m Kya Aliana and I'm here to talk about the importance of the Dreams Come True Anthology and Aspirations Press.   I have been writing since a very young age. I wrote short stories since before I can even remember, and I completed my first novel at thirteen. I self-published...
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Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--October 5, 2015

Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB--October 5, 2015
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  Contributed by Maurene Goo   Humor often takes a backseat in YA Land. It just doesn’t get that much love compared to quirky romances about dying teens or girls running around saving the world from evil dystopian governments. Trust, I love all of the above. But as someone who peaked...
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Lisa Yee
Thank you for including me on your list!
Monday, 05 October 2015 19:43
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Season's Readings--Fall Edition

Season's Readings--Fall Edition
  What better way to spend your fall days than with a new book? Here at YABC we are committed to finding the best reads of the season. Lucky for us, we didn't have to look too far. Our fantastic staff of reviewers have helped us compile a list of what...
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