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28 Social Justice Titles in YA Lit

23 Feb

It doesn’t seem like teens these days need any inspiration to fight to protect their rights as they’re demanding their voices be heard over gun control laws in America. But, it never hurts to read about people who may be different than you, so grab a title from this list to explore social justice themes like class, race, gender, sexuality, and more!

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  1. 101 Changemakers – Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran
  2. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  6. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
  7. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  10. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  11. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (Author),‎ Patricia McCormick
  12. If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth
  13. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
  14. The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
  15. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  16. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Peréz
  17. March Trilogy by Congressman John Lewis
  18. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  19. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  20. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  21. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  22. Saints and Misfits by SK Ali
  23. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  25. This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  26. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights by Elspeth Leacock (Adapter),‎ Susan Buckley (Adapter),‎ Lynda Blackmon Lowery
  27. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  28. X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

2017 Nerdies Nominations – open now!

7 Dec


The 2017 Nerdies Nomination form is officially open! Make sure to nominate your favorite titles of the year in the following categories:

  • Picture Books: Fiction
  • Picture Books: Nonfiction
  • Early Readers/ Chapter Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Poetry and Novels in Verse
  • MG/YA Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

Per the Nerdy Book Club website: The 2017 Nerdies Nomination Ballot is open until December 17th at midnight Eastern Time. Nominate up to 5 books in each of the categories. You do not need to nominate books in every category or nominate a full slate of 5 nominees. All nominees must have been published in 2017 and written for children or young adults. In order to prevent ballot box stuffing for beloved titles, we have restricted the surveys to one response per computer. After tallying the ballots, we will announce the 2017 Nerdies list in daily category posts beginning December 26th.

Book Review: Love, Hate and Other Filters

14 Sep


Have you ever read a book that you liked, but it just took you forever to get through? Well, this isn’t one of those books. I read this book in about a 12 hour period and loved every minute of it even when it was tearing out my heart and stomping on it.

An #OwnVoices young adult novel about an Indian-American, Muslim teen facing growing up in the face of Islamophobia. Maya’s wish is to attend film school in New York, while her parents expect her to go to school closer to home and marry a nice Indian boy, settle down and start a family.

But what happens when a terrorist attack occurs by a suspect who happens to have the same last name as Maya? How will her community react to the news and to her family as the only Muslim family in her small town? This story is an important read for teens in today’s world where being different is feared rather than celebrated, where teens have to worry about things far bigger than choosing a college and getting their first kiss. If you read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it stuck with you, this is a must read.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Indian-American Muslim teen Maya wants to go to NYC for film school & is ready to tell her family when a terrorist attack changes everything

Title: Love, Hate and Other Filters
Author: Samira Ahmed
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Page Number: 288 pgs.


6 Sep

vacation titles

I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

Don’t Mess with YA Book Twitter

26 Aug

This is one of those crazy stories you just can’t believe, but it’s true! This week The New York Times Bestseller list for young adult titles bumped The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas from the top spot for a debut novel, Handbook for Mortals… awesome right, because anything that can bump a book as good as The Hate U Give must be a read everyone needs to have in their hands. There was only one problem… no one had heard of the title before and no one could get their hands on a copy.

So how does a debut novel make it’s way onto the list? By selling a lot of copies. By the way, did you know that you can actually pay your way onto the list? It’s been done before and in less than 48 hours of sleuthing  it looks like a number of publishers, editors, authors, bloggers and others in the YA Book Twitter community were able to get this debut title pulled from the list after reports of mysterious over the phone orders of the title at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores, Amazon is completely sold out and yet no one has a single copy of the title.

For more information on this crazy story, check out Bustle’s article. The YA Book Community is not a place you want to mess with… and they’ve definitely proven it. A huge congratulations to Angie Thomas’s title The Hate U Give for being a title that should truly be a bestseller and one that everyone should read.

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