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December Booklists


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.


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.


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.


❤️ ❤️ ❤️: EMOJI BOOKS 

Emojis are everywhere!  Your phone, your Facebook, your email, and even your book covers.  


November Booklists


SURPRISING SPEAKERS

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.


MISMATCHED PAIRS

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.


October Booklists


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.


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!


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.


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!