Tagged YA Literature

Conspiracy? Intrigue? Collusion? Read Some Russian History and Fantasy!

Unless you've turned off all avenues of media and have been hiding under a proverbial rock (and really, no judgement here!), you may have noticed Russia has been in the news a bit recently... Instead of being overwhelmed by the…

In-Universe Folk and Fairy Tales

Have you ever read a book and thought that the universe the author created felt real? Or really wished that it was? I’m looking at you, Hogwarts… Well, what if I told you that some of our favorite series have folk and…

LGBTQIA+ Manga: Read with Pride!

Some of the most fun manga produced and imported in the past few years have featured LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines. Here are some of the most popular (and most checked out) titles available at the Free Library of…

LGBTQ+ Comics: Read with Pride!

You know how they say that there is no one specific LGBTQ+ story? In the world of comics and graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines, are "they" ever right! Its been a banner decade for mainstream comics to…

Books to Inspire Empathy on World Refugee Day

Did you know that the United Nations has declared June 20 to be  World Refugee Day ? There are all kinds of reasons that someone might leave their country – new job opportunities, warfare in their home country, maybe even…

Young Adult Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month ! I know what you are thinking—poetry is something assigned to you by a teacher and you kind of understand what the author is saying but maybe not really? Maybe the books you were assigned were a…

Where's My Girl Gang At? Female Friendship in Adventure Comics

The best part of comics and graphic novels for me has been the increasing celebration of female friendship and teamwork. There are a ton of comic dudes out there who disagree. They, however, are wrong. Who will have your back…

African and African-American Superheroes That Aren’t the Black Panther

You love Black Panther, I love Black Panther—we all love Black Panther! Have you already read through all of our Black Panther comics and graphic novels available in our catalog? Feeling ready to branch out and explore what else…

Computer Overlords: YA Fiction in the Shadow of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Released on April 3, 1968, the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey set a new standard for the science fiction film medium. I know that there are those who would talk about the cinematography or the existential ending or a host of…

Friday Five: Giants Loom Large in Screen Adaptations

The YA graphic novel I Kill Giants smashes and crashes its way out of the confines of comics panels this weekend to loom large on the big screen... Firmly in the category of a gritty and somewhat scary kid's fantasy film (think…

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some Irish YA Lit!

March brings us many things—weather that is all over the place, early spring flowers and feelings, and inevitably, St. Patrick’s Day. It's my understanding that St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is actually a pretty…

Coming Soon from the Pages of a Book to a Screen Near You: YA Movies and Television Shows

Excited for the release of the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time this spring? I know I am! Can’t wait for Black Panther ? Yes! Obviously you should read the books first, but did you know that a ton of other Young Adult books…

Haitian Families and Culture Featured in YA Fiction

Ah Haiti, our neighbor to the south that shares an island with the Dominican Republic. Surviving earthquakes, dictators, revolutions, and producing an amazingly creative diaspora (which as you know, means Haitian-born people who…

#OneBookWednesday: Diverse Coming of Age Stories

The thing I like most about One Book, One Philadelphia is the chance to read outside of my experiences—to see the world through the eyes of someone living a very different lifestyle that I have. For example, I wasn't a…

Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art

We lost a lot of important things and people last year, and it looks like we’re on track for more losses and heartbreaks in the coming years. But, I guess we knew what we signed up for, eh? One of the more memorable statements to…

Young Adult (Best!) Banned Books

Banned books—more like the best books , am I right? Some of the most frequently challenged books (at least according to the American Library Association’s list of  Frequently Challenged Books ) happen to be Young Adult…

#ThrowbackThursday: Paula Danziger

It's no surprise that I’ve been a reader forever. Menus, cereal boxes, adult novels – anything that sat still and had writing on it was fair game for the younger version of me. Eventually I graduated from reading random…

Great YA Road Trip Books for Pride Month!

It's pretty much summer time and I don't know about you, but in the summer, I get the urge to travel. However, being a grown up comes with the fact that you can't just up and take off whenever you want, so I like to make due…

Asian American Superheroes

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month , so I thought I would share some exciting developments in the world of Asian American superheroes!   There's a brand new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho ! Get…

Letters of Note in YA Lit

I hear tell that April is National Letter and Card Writing month and I thought, well, you could always write to your congressperson , but in addition, you could also read some books about letter writers. While not necessarily epistolary…