Inspired By The Outsiders: Author David Arnold on Kids of Appetite and Writing YA Fiction

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, David Arnold reflects on how the book inspired his own work as a writer of YA fiction.

Shortly after the sale of my first novel, Mosquitoland (Grades 7-12, Lexile HL750), something occurred to me: that word—first—denoted a second. “First” implied the assumption […]

By |April 18th, 2017|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

From Real to Riveting: Great Pairings of New YA Texts for the High School Classroom

As readers, sometimes we have to really work to make connections between two seemingly unrelated ideas. Last year, when I had students read Jason Reynolds’ When I Was the Greatest alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night, they were able to reach a deeper understanding of what it meant to be “my brother’s keeper” than ever before.

(Side note: […]

By |November 18th, 2016|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

Teen Read Week is an opportunity to turn those reluctant teen readers into life-long book lovers. It’s important to ensure that students get the right books in their hands, so we’ve rounded up engaging young adult (YA) titles to get teens reading for the fun of it this week.
What Is Teen Read Week?
The Young Adult Library […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

Finding a New Friend in a Historical Fiction YA Title

Joan Skraggs, the protagonist in The Hired Girl (Grades 6-9, Level Z, Lexile 810) has been likened to Anne Shirley and Jo March. Similar to those wholesome gals who I loved in my youth, Joan is a character I quickly became invested in. I truly cared about her well-being, lamented sorrows and celebrated her successes. By the end of the story, she was elevated to “fictional friend” (we all have those, right?). For me, this […]

By |February 1st, 2016|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

The Twilight Gender Swap: Enter for Your Chance to Win a Copy of the Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

Every “wild” reader always has a story that they continually come back to and reread, to “absorb a treasured story into their skin” (Donalyn Miller, Reading in the Wild), Life and Death (Grades 9-12) by Stephenie Meyer provides fans a chance to experience her contemporary classic, Twilight, all over again with fresh eyes. Now told […]

By |January 5th, 2016|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

Take Chances with Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything (Grades 7-12, Lexile HL610), the debut novel by Nicola Yoon, could be my favorite read of 2015. Here’s the basic plot: Maddy is a girl allergic to literally everything. She has SCID, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that keeps her from ever leaving her house, which is equipped with an airlock. She lives […]

By |December 3rd, 2015|Young Adult (YA)|3 Comments

A Literary Collection of Oddities: Booksource Book Club Reads Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Booksource Book Club invites you to read along with us. Every month or so (depending on the size of the book) a group of us book nerds gather to talk about a book we’ve all read. Now we want you to join in the fun! We’ll start by giving you an update of our last […]

By |May 11th, 2015|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

April Booksource Book Club Pick: Mosquitoland by David Arnold


Booksource Book Club invites you to read Mosquitoland by David Arnold along with us. We’ll post our discussion later where you can join the conversation.

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange […]

By |April 8th, 2015|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments

Jennifer Niven Tackles Teen Mental Illness with YA Debut, All the Bright Places

Grades 9-12, Lexile 830  

“Is today a good day to die?”

This is the first line in Jennifer Niven’s new novel, All the Bright Places. Unfortunately, it does not get any lighter from there. This is an intense and big-hearted story of star-crossed teenage lovers, Finch and Violet, who have given up on the world, until they […]

By |April 3rd, 2015|Young Adult (YA)|1 Comment

Two Coming-Of-Age YA Graphic Memoirs


For this month’s review, Banter looked at the graphic memoir—a very popular take on traditional stories of self-discovery. The following two endearing memoirs are perfect for teaching acceptance and encouraging readers to rock the difference that make us unique.

El Deafo

By: Cece Bell

Grades 5-8

Cece Bell is a regular kid (although, to be clear, all of the […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Young Adult (YA)|0 Comments