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Incredible Teen Poets Sum Up Everything Wrong With America

"There are things missing from our history books."<p>Indeed, American textbooks have plenty of blind spots, but Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin and Zariya Allen offer a wide-ranging view of our country in their powerful slam poem, "Somewhere in America." And it's not a pretty picture.<p>The teen …

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International young adult books to look forward to in 2015 by Emily Gale

Early in December the Readings children’s specialists were fortunate enough to attend ‘The Year Ahead in Youth Literature’, a preview of young adult …

13 Books to Help Kids Feel Good About Themselves and Their Bodies

<i>By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media book editor</i><p>We all want to find entertaining reads for our kids and tweens, but unfortunately, even some of the best stories reinforce body and gender stereotypes. Girl characters are judged by how pretty they are. Boys are teased if they're not big and strong. …

The best young adult books of 2015

<b>How many of our best YA books of the year did you read in 2015?</b><p><b>Reveiws by Martin Chilton (and Rebecca Hawkes, where stated). The list is in no particular order.</b><p>See also: <b>best YA books of 2016</b><p><b>1. THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON (DAVID FICKLING BOOKS)</b> <br>Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art …

The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - review

'pretty much anything you're struggling with, you can find information about in here'<p>As a teenager myself, I find life pretty stressful; there are so many important decisions to make and changes going on, so when I received this book I knew it would be right up my street. As a psychology student, I …

10 New Teen Titles We're Excited About

<i>Originally published on Kirkus</i><p>Winter is a slow time in publishing, but that doesn't mean there aren't great books for teens coming out in all genres. Readers can relive the civil rights era twice, once with Lynda Blackmon Lowery, the youngest participant in the march from Selma to Montgomery, and …

Pictures of the Week 11.20.14

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