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Children and YA Fiction

By Wendy Orr

Ancient Minoan civilization comes to life in this highly anticipated new middle-grade novel by the author of Nim’s Island. Aissa is the first-born daughter of the high priestess of her island nation, destined to inherit ... Read More »

October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

Sit

By Deborah Ellis

Children, like dogs, are often told to “sit.” But in Deborah Ellis’s new collection of 11 short stories, the kids are much too rambunctious for that. In “The Glowing Chair,” Miyuki is a 12-year-old Japanese ... Read More »

September 18, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Charis Cotter

Like its well-received predecessor, The Swallow, Charis Cotter’s new novel involves untimely death, ghosts, and two isolated tween girls who narrate the story in rapidly alternating sections. Both of The Painting’s 12-year-old heroines have issues ... Read More »

August 30, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Lesley Choyce

Declan Lynch, the protagonist of Lesley Choyce’s new novel-in-verse, is a relatively straightforward 16-year-old. He lives in a (deliberately) generic North American city with his parents – his father is a university physics professor and ... Read More »

July 17, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By S.K. Ali

In Saints and Misfits, the first YA novel from Simon & Schuster’s new Muslim-focused Salaam Reads imprint, Toronto author S.K. Ali delivers a contemporary coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old Arab-Indian-American girl named Janna Yusuf. Janna ... Read More »

June 22, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction

By Mette Bach

Navigating adolescence, testing your boundaries, and figuring out who you are is hard. For LGBTQ+ teens, it’s even more difficult, and potentially much more dangerous. Love Is Love and Rough Patch are two books that ... Read More »

June 19, 2017 | Filed under: Children and YA Fiction