Tagged YA Literature

What to Read While You Wait for Dumplin'

Excited for the Netflix premiere of Dumplin'  starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald? Did you know the movie was based on the Young Adult novel also titled Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy? Of course you did, you…

This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!

On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book Battle," a Jeopardy-style…

Veterans Day Reads

What Is Veterans Day and why do we celebrate it? From History.com (who says it more elegantly than I can): Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.…

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month with Awesome YA Books!

November is Native American Heritage Month , and although "Native American" is a bit of a misnomer, Indigenous peoples have been here long before there even was an “America”. My favorite interactive map right now…

YA Horror Stories to Keep You Up at Night

Ah horror stories and teens – name a more iconic duo! I’ll wait... It does seem like teens are especially vulnerable to being haunted/stalked/murdered in fiction doesn’t it? If you are looking for young people and…

What to Read While You Wait for New Episodes of Riverdale!

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on Reggie to be a total jerk. I was pretty…

Lady Vengeance | The Teens Are Alright

You know what the world needs right now? Angry women, particularly angry teenage women. If you are looking for some enraging and satisfying tales of female rage and vengeance, I can think of no better place to start than with stories…

Latinx Superheroes Take Flight!

I know what you are thinking about comics and superheroes – it's all just white dudes, right? Nope! Surely we’ve all seen Black Panther , right? And  Wonder Woman , I hope? I mean, we've always had an…

What to Read if You Loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Are you as obsessed with Lara Jean as I am? Have you spent all week dreaming about Peter and finding all of those crushes and embarrassment so relatable? Join the club, friend! If you loved Jenny Han's To All the Boys I’ve…

Comic Books Go To College!

Headed to college this fall? Wish you were still in school? Totally over school but still want to read about it? Live vicariously through some strong ladies starting college in these sometimes fun, sometimes dangerous graphic novels…

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…