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YA Book Reviews by Amy

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YA Book Reviews by Amy: Vampires Haven’t Died Out   With the surge of popularity of the paranormal in YA literature, vampires have found a place on our shelves. Whether the vampires are friends or foes, scary or sparkly, deadly or divine, authors have used the vampire mythos to create their own creatures of the night.    … read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

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YA Book Reviews by Amy: Something Wicked This Way Comes  Double, double boil and trouble… three witches set the mood for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz melting into nothing is an iconic climax in both the book and in cinema, the White Witch offering Edmund some Turkish Delight in a hauntingly and devilish fashion trying… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

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YA Book Recommendations by Amy: Ghastly Ghostly Tales  October just seems like the month to curl up with a hot beverage and read a good-spooky book. The colder air, the atmosphere of change, and everything Halloween surrounds us. The Halloween decorations are up: cue in the fake cobwebs, pumpkins, and skulls, along with all the favorite scary (and not-so-scary) movies, imaginings of awesome… read more >>

#ownvoices in YA

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Hello, readers!  There has been a big push in YA the last few years to encourage the publishing of #ownvoices books.  What does that mean?  It’s pretty simple, actually.  It means the author of the book is from an underrepresented group writing about their own experiences and perspectives.  Finding #ownvoices books is a great way to… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

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YA Book Reviews by Amy: My Favorite Books that have been Banned or Challenged   Today starts Banned Books Week! From September 27 to October 3, we will be celebrating the freedom to read. During this week, we try to spotlight the historical and current attempts to ban, censor, or challenge different titles.   Unsurprisingly, Young Adult titles… read more >>

YA Book Reviews by Amy

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YA Book Reviews by Amy: Books Our Librarians Love   I have asked some of our librarians to tell me their favorite YA novels and I received an overwhelming response.   These are 6 books that are not only beloved by me, but also some of my colleges.  Graceling by Kirstin Cashore (Chosen by Ms. Missy)  In this realm, people are… read more >>