Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2022) Featured Review of The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 10, 2020
ISBN: 9780316494687 

Nora and her father are haunted by the death of Nora’s mother one year ago. Through what is meant to be an enjoyable day trip hiking in a canyon, we learn about the circumstances surrounding her death, and how Nora and her father have dealt with their trauma. When a flash flood separates Nora from her father and their supplies, she must rely on her wits and physical and emotional strength to survive alone in the harsh desert environment.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 25 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti
Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
ISBN: 978-1534426979

Sydney can feel IT coming – the only problem is that she doesn’t know what IT is yet, only that it’s something big and she wants to be ready. She was already apprehensive about spending the summer with her movie star mother Lila Shore in San Francisco, but her discomfort intensifies when she realizes that Jake, her mother’s latest boyfriend and a creep who happens to be a dealer of stolen art, will be living with them. As things between Jake and Lila go from bad to worse, Sydney finds herself caught up in a situation that goes from unsettling to downright dangerous. 

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Riverdale Reads

Oh Riverdale – I have a special place in my heart for you, but I think your teenaged residents could use some time away from town quarantines and drug induced hallucinations and really horrible parenting. Luckily, YALSA’s 2019 award winners and nominees have books to help your beleaguered high school students cope with all the drama. (Warning: Season 3 Spoilers)

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#ALAMW19 Recap: Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 Top Ten

During the Teen Feedback Session at ALA Midwinter, teens from Seattle and Oregon shared their opinions about the books on the Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 list. With their input, the BFYA 2019 Blogging team determined the BFYA 2019 Top Ten:

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, October 19 Edition

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff
Knopf Books for Young Readers / Random House
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
ISBN: 9781524713928

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the robot uprising, humans and robots co-exist as best they can. Evie navigates this world by fighting robots in the WarDome. After a public display of her robot destroying abilities, she must flee for her life. On the run, she stumbles upon a “Lifelike” android that holds the secrets to her past that she could never remember. When the fight of human versus machine ensues, she fights to survive, and to find the truth.

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Do You Want Fries with That?

We’re coming up on national waiter/waitress day (May 21!), so I took the opportunity to create a list of books featuring teen waiters/waitress. Add in your favorites in the comments.



All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Romy seeks refuge in the diner where she works after no one believes her account of a sexual assault. When her former friend goes missing, Romy must decide if it’s worth speaking up – again.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Hudson threw away her dreams when her family fell apart. Now she hides in her mom’s diner baking cupcakes and thinking of the past. When her past comes back around to give her another chance – she isn’t sure which life she will choose.

Crash by Lisa McMann (a 2014 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
Jules falls for a boy who’s family owns the other pizza joint in town – and she’s not allowed to talk with Sawyer. When a troubled vision shows her the death of Sawyer, she realizes she must do something to save him.  Continue reading Do You Want Fries with That?

The Fifth Day of YA

The Twelve Days of YAThis year on the Hub we are celebrating the Twelve Days of YA with a series of posts loosely based on the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas gifts. We have converted each gift into a related theme common to YA and paired it with a list of relevant titles. You may use the Twelve Days of YA tag to read all of the posts in the series.

Special thanks goes to Carli Spina, Faythe Arredondo, Sharon Rawlins, Geri Diorio, Becky O’Neil, Carla Land, Katie Yu, Laura Perenic, Jennifer Rummel, Libby Gorman, Carly Pansulla, and Allison Tran for their help creating the booklists and organizing this series.

On the fifth day of YA, my true love gave to me five golden riiiiiiiings.

Marriage! Marriage is what brings us together today. In honor of five gold rings, we give you five golden stories of marriage in YA. We hope you enjoy the marriage-related stories we picked and encourage you to share your favorites in the comments!

   The Story of Us         

  • The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  • The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
  • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers
  • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
  • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

– Jessica Lind, currently reading My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins