Tagged YA Literature

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…

Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Excited for the new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast ? Me too... kind of? Maybe? I hope it will be amazing? Either way, good or bad, at least we'll always have all kinds of different literary retellings of the Beauty and…

Norse Mythology – Retold Tales for a New Generation

Everyone has always been so hot and bothered for those Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Is it the togas? Is it young Harry Hamlin in that total camp classic Clash of the Titans movie from the 80s? Who knows, but thanks to Neil…

Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s refreshing for me now to read graphic novels in…

Winter Holiday-Themed Short Story Collections

It's winter! It's the holiday season! You know what would be a great idea right now? Escaping into a collection of Young Adult wintery/holiday themed novels while your mom tries to get you to wash the dishes and your weird…

Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... to be a lady who likes comics. One day you get to celebrate the appearance of the first African American woman to own a comic book store on a cover of a major comic and then the…

Social Media Stars Write Books, Don't They?

Do you have a favorite YouTuber? Maybe you love John and Hank Green and their community of Nerdfighters ?  Are you more of a Vine (RIP) enthusiast? Whomever your fave and on whatever platform, there is a really good chance that a…

Looking for Teen Gift Book Ideas? Check Out These Popular Teen Author Titles!

The Field Family Teen Author Series and the Free Library of Philadelphia connects students, teachers, libraries, and authors through a successful series of author visits with teens throughout the city of Philadelphia. Free Library staff…