In February 2016, the YALSA Hub published a booklist, Asexuality in Young Adult Fiction, as a response to teens wanting to see this kind of representation in books. It was a hard list to create as there were very few books at the time with any mention of asexuality or aromanticism, and most of the representation in the books listed is minimal at best. In that list, most representation was of side characters, or the word asexual was never explicitly mentioned. Over the past three years, some exciting books for teens have been published that center the Ace/Aro experience.
The Disasters by M. K. England HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publication Date: December 18, 2018 ISBN: 978-0062657671
Nax and three other students are returning to Earth after being kicked out of Ellis Station Academy when a terrorist group attacks the school. Framed for the crime, the four must work together to discover who is really behind the attack, uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the lives of all those in the space colonies.
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn Hyperion / Disney Publication Date: December 18, 2018 ISBN: 978-1368008396
On her 16th birthday, American foster teen Elle Zoellner is informed that her never-before-discussed father is a successful Japanese businessman who has sent for her to come live with him in Tokyo. Elle must face her past by meeting the father she never knew she had, while also contending with her mother who abandoned her to opioid addiction and is now in prison. What’s more, she has to adjust to the differences between Japanese and American life while living in a luxurious hotel and navigating an elite international high school.
In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominees on April 11, the Thursday of National Library Week, we announced today the opening of applications for our Teens’ Top Ten Giveaway! 50 sets of the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominees will be given away to libraries in need with funding generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation! Eligible applicants can apply for the giveaway via the online form now. Please note, applicants must be personal YALSA members and be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. Other eligibility requirements also apply. Learn more and apply by April 15. Continue reading 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Giveaway Now Open!
A finalist for YALSA’s 2019 Nonfiction Award, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor is the memoir of the third woman and first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Beginning with her childhood in the South Bronx, this book invites readers into Justice Sotomayor’s relationship with her family, her insecurities, and her dreams with humor and encouragement. If you enjoyed this memoir and are looking for more, try one of these readalikes.
If you were living in a refugee camp and met a non-refugee stranger in need, would you be willing to give them the coat off your back? What if you were thousands of miles away from home, and that was the only coat that you owned? During his time at the Syrian refugee camps in Greece, this is the selflessness and generosity that Don Brown and his family experienced from the refugees there. In his book, The Unwanted: Stories of Syrian Refugees, the 2019 YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner, Brown (the book’s writer and illustrator) imparts this message, that Syrian refugees are ordinary individuals placed in extraordinary circumstances, forced to make terrifying decisions but maintaining their humanity, generosity, and kindness.
Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes Archie Comics Publication Date: November 28, 2017 ISBN: 978-1682559857
The Archieverse puts the best friendship of America’s sweethearts, Betty and Veronica, to the test in this mini series. When Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe is forced to go out of business in favor of corporate coffee chain, Kweekwegs, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of a battle neither is willing to lose. With only three issues, the volume is bolstered by Issue 12 of Jughead.