Immigration is a hot button issue in the United States. With the elections drawing closer and closer, immigration and new generations of Americans are making the news. YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults is currently in the process of creating a list that readers, librarians, teachers, students, and well, anyone, can reach for when they are looking for books about the difficulties facing teens growing up between two cultures.
I’m New Here Myself: A Generation Caught Between Nations is another list that Popular Paperbacks is focusing on this year. This list will feature “characters who are immigrants or the children of immigrants, and their struggle to balance two very different cultures and define who they want to be.” How many readers can you think of off the top of your head that would jump at having a list like this handy and accessible? And while this topic may sound serious, rest assured that books on this topic run a gamut of emotions from the more fun and frivolous to the very serious. There truly is something here for every reader.
And just remember, the great thing about Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (and all of YALSA’s lists and awards) is that anyone can suggest titles. You do not have to be a librarian. If you’re a teen reader, an adult reader, a teacher-librarian, a dentist, or just a fan of young adult literature, you can suggest a title for any PPYA list.
And as a side note, I am currently serving on the “I’m New Here Myself” subcommittee of PPYA and want to stress that we would love to see more titles nominated. The books are out there and are very much needed by readers. If you know of a title that you love that fits this category and is currently available in paperback, take a minute to nominate it. You will not regret it.
— Sarah Wethern, currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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