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Modern retellings of some of the classics from history is all the rage. Here are some of the best ones out there.
by Marta Acosta
A modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
by Danielle Paige
A modern retelling of Farnk L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
by Josephine Angelini
A modern retelling of Arthur C. Miller's The Crucible
by Bethany Griffin
A modern retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death
by Kat Spears
A modern retelling of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac
by Diana Peterfreund
A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion
by Cat Winters
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A modern retelling of J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy
CELEBRATE CIVIL RIGHTS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
February is Black History month and what better way to celebrate here at the Hub than to round up some of the incredible young adult fiction and nonfiction exploring this pivotal time in history?
by Maya Angelou
by Patricia Hruby Powell
by Martin Luther King Jr.
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery
by Wes Moore
Who said being a geek was a bad thing? These books will help anyone embrace and love their inner geek!
by Rainbow Rowell
by Ashley Poston
by Steve Brezenoff
by Eva Darrows
by Andrea Portes
by Maya van Wagenen
by Kristin Rae
Looking for a book that will get your heart racing and keep the pages turning? Look no further. These books are guaranteed to keep you on a the edge of your seat from the first page!
WINTER BREAK READS
Cold day? No school? Then it's the perfect time for a good winter read!
In each of these sharply written, psychological YA mystery thrillers (plus one comedy) someone important to our hero goes missing, often under disturbing circumstances. Each entry also has that "something more" that will leave you thinking, imagining, and caring about the characters while your heart races out of your chest. Now, go get lost in these books.
BOOK REPORT DUE? NO TIME TO READ? TRY ONE OF THESE!
There are some amazing authors out there who can pack the power of a novel into just a few well-chosen words. If you have a book report due and are short on time, try one of the titles on my list. They're short on word count, but long on great plots, beautiful characters, and stunning themes.
❤️ ❤️ ❤️: EMOJI BOOKS
Emojis are everywhere! Your phone, your Facebook, your email, and even your book covers.
OFF WITH HER HEAD!
Book covers are great, and many of the YA covers coming out today are no exception. One of the most popular is featuring a head of our (supposedly) main character. Here are a few examples.
READ BLACK: BOOKS WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN CHARACTERS
One of the most important thing we can bring to young adult literature today is diversity. There are so many people in this world who deserve to have their stories told, and I think it's about time that we gave attention to the authors (and books) telling those stories.
STELLAR OUTER SPACE READS
For ages, people have been looking up at the stars and wondering what’s out there. While we wait for our spaceships to come in, here are some of the best YA books starring characters zooming around beyond the stratosphere.
Sometimes a good story becomes a great one because of a key factor: the narrator. Whether they have an unexpected narrator or a narrator whose voice cannot be fully trusted, these novels tell great and unexpected stories.
Love at first sight? Not in these books. Enjoy these stories of teens who had no intention of falling in love with each other!
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? GIRLS!
These YA novels star super cool teenage girls who are realistic, even if their worlds or situations aren't. They are the protagonists, the lady bosses, the heroines—call them what you will. Personally, I'd like to call them my best friends.
BE AN ATHLETE
Becoming a top athlete requires skill, dedication, drive, and a whole lot of talent. Read about some high school athletes to get a leg up on the competition!
PARTIES GONE BAD
We all love a good party. Many of us also love watching a good party go bad with sometimes dire, oftentimes with hilarious or unforseen consequences.
LIFE IS A CANVAS: TEEN ARTISTS IN YA LITERATURE
In each of the following YA novels, teen artists find solace, courage, hope, escape, understanding, even windows into a town's ghastly past through the creation of art. Maybe you're a budding artist yourself, or just want to get lost in a beautiful world, these books provide all this and more!
CANDID CHATS: BOOKS BY YOUTUBE CELEBRITIES
If you're like my teenage cousins and love YouTube, you might like some of these books by famous YouTube personalities (most of whom I admit I'd never heard of). While you might not recognize all the names, you can easily check them out on, you guessed it, YouTube.
by Tyler Oakley
by Miranda Sings
by Issa Rae
by Michelle Phan
by Felicia Day
by Matthew Espinosa
by Donna Gebhart
HOT 2017 YA DEBUTS
There's nothing more exhilarating than finding a new author you can dig your teeth into. So we've done the heavy lifting for you and compiled a list of hot new authors we think you'll be hearing a lot of this year.
STRANGE ISLAND HAPPENINGS
Islands have appeared in works of fiction since time immemorial, and they are often the location of mysterious or unusual happenings. So wherever you are, you can escape to any of these islands. But beware of the things that lurk in the jungle.
TECH THAT'S TOO SMART
It’s interesting to think about books in light of technological advances made in the last few years. While these are still well within the fantasy/science fiction realm, there’s something about how close many of these could be to reality in the future that makes them compelling.
THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE
refugee stories tend to be some of the most engrossing and engaging books that I pick up. It doesn’t matter whether they’re fiction or nonfiction, though I’ve found nonfiction really digs into my mental and emotional interests in a book quite well.
by Annika Thor
by Warren St. John
by Leah Bassoff
by Laura Rose Wagner
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
by Maria Padian
by Natalie C. Anderson
by Ruta Sepetys
UNDER THE RADAR FANTASY NOVELS
With the embarrassment of riches coming out of young adult fiction over the last few years, it’s no surprise that even amazing books can sometimes slip through the cracks. Here are ten wonderful fantasy books you may not know about, but totally should.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Despite a need for understanding, mental illness is still surrounded by stigma and it’s still hard to live openly with an illness. Where do we turn when we want to get into someone else’s head and find out what life is like for them? Books. Naturally.
by Jay Asher
by E.K. Johnston
by Ned Vizzini
by Meredith Russo
by Jaye Robin Brown
by Cheryl Rainfield
by Whitney Taylor
YA NOVELS TO SMUGGLE ACROSS THE POND
Okay, everybody relax. When I say smuggle, I mean it in the completely legal sense. Here are some great-sounding YA books I’ll be looking out for in 2017. Do any of them take your fancy?