The cost of college drives a father to a life of crime
How can Becca pay for college with her father in jail?
This story strikes a blow for female independence
14-year-old Clare lives with her elderly maiden aunts.
Troubled marriages make for troubled youth
Glenn's parents are going through a difficult patch in their marriage.
Fighting the war at home
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.
A book that became a TV show
Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.
Is acting a real job?
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.
Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.
Emotions, morality, sexuality: when teens are confused
Should we back off, add fuel to the fire, or hand them a road map?
Romance in teen fiction
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?
Inside a male brain
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.
Books of innocence and experience
Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.
A coming of age story for young teen girls.
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
An enthusiastic thumbs up
The Midwife’s Apprentice
I like to think that a Newbery award winning book is a sure bet.
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
A gentle story about a pair of fiercely united twins.
I have a weakness for coming of age stories.
Video Review: 5 Novels for Teens that Build Character
Need a book to inspire your teen to be a better person? Try these.
13 Gifts (Birthdays #3)
The tweens become teens in the next instalment of this great series for girls.
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