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Girl Likes Girl: Lindsay Sproul Queers the Mean Girl in YA

Lindsay Sproul spoke to Bitch about crafting a shitty lesbian teen character.

Escapist Young Adult Novels Offer a Breath of Fresh Air in the Current Political Climate

These stories are escapist fiction—literature that doesn’t explicitly focus on the social and political issues in our real world, allowing the reader to temporarily forget about them and fall into the story. Read more »

Judged Judy: Judy Blume’s 40 Years Old Fight to Tell the Truth about Sex, Religion, and Turtles

For refusing to condescend to her readers in the face of physical harassment and threats of nonpublication, Blume has been, regardless of whether it was her intention, a protector of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Read more »

“What Kind of Girl” Flips the Teen Domestic Violence YA Narrative on Its Head

High school is still high school and teenagers still struggle to understand how abuse happens. Read more »

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels. Read more »

A Depressed Black Teen Takes Center Stage in Morgan Parker’s YA Debut

“It’s unfair to make a book that is only the dark because we know that that’s just not how life happens.” Read more »

“Unpregnant” Offers a Radical Normalization of Abortion and Reproductive Health

Even in a time where reproductive choice is in terrifying peril, it’s still possible to feel empowered in our choices­­—including the choice to laugh. Read more »

A Queerer World: 2019 Is the Year of the LGBTQ YA Novel

This year, LGBTQ young adult novels have finally diversified the queer experience. Read more »

Moving the Needle: Mason Deaver on Creating One of YA’s First Nonbinary Protagonists

In YA, nonbinary protagonists are rare. Mason Deaver seeks to change that with their debut, I Wish You All the Best. Read more »

When #MeToo Was a Blank Canvas: Joy McCullough Wants Teens to Know About Artemisia Gentileschi

Joy McCullough’s novel Blood Water Paint offers a stunning portrait of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Read more »

Let It All Out: Laurie Halse Anderson on #MeToo and the Journey from "speak" to "SHOUT"

In 1999, author Laurie Halse Anderson told the story of her sexual assault in her radical, bestselling young-adult novel speak, and in doing so gave a generation of teens and young adults a vocabulary for consent and rape. Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »