Here's a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
An English professor says educators should use "Speak" – an often banned novel about sexual assault – to engage young people about the topic.
Gothic fiction has become the ideal genre for exploring the grotesque, frightening aspects of coming of age. And disruptive girls with supernatural powers have replaced the passive heroines of old.
Female protagonists in young adult fiction are unlikely heroines who embrace their flaws. But when it comes to diversity, they are still largely white and middle class.
Here are five great book recommendations for teens that promote critical thinking, authentic voices, diversity and good conversations.