Simmone Howell pays tribute to the life and work of ‘kind and hilarious gem’ Gabrielle Williams, acclaimed Australian author of young adult fiction, who died on Saturday.
There’s a small but growing number of books for younger readers that feature main characters with disabilities.
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Disability representation in books is an important part of diversity and inclusion.
Tree of Books, Artwork by Jan Reymond.
Coming of age stories in young adult and graphic novels can provide ways of thinking about a seemingly intractable conflict.
A coffin made to resemble a mermaid at a Ga funeral. The Ga people live along the southeast coast of Ghana.
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These literary works ask readers to rethink the histories of these half-human sea creatures and their role in society today.
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When Stephanie Trigg was a young reader, The Gentle Falcon, set in 1396, introduced her to the beauty and danger of the medieval world.
‘Lumberjanes,’ launched in 2014, traces the adventures of campers at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
Strong queer representation in young adult comics can have a significant positive impact on the well-being of queer-identified or questioning youth.
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Pre-pandemic, reading rates among teenagers were falling. But BookTok, a subculture of social media platform TikTok, has made teens read more often – and influences what they read. Here’s how it works.
Millions of people are reading young adult fantasy novels like Twilight or A Court of Thorns and Roses. But the way sexual consent is depicted in these can be confusing or even harmful.
Trixie Belden wasn’t as pretty as her best friend, or a cool as Nancy Drew. But she had a ‘mental computer’ for solving mysteries and a non-judgmental moral core.
Sci-fi, fantasy and rom-coms: books with LGBTQIA+ characters are as diverse as their readers.
First published in 1986, and selling 180 million books, how does The Baby-Sitters Club look for a new generation?
Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010).
Young adult post-disaster fiction is more concerned with how we survive than understanding the causes of disaster. We can read it to explore our fears, responses and our capacity to adapt.
Normal People has been adapted for the BBC. It follows the love story of Connell and Marianne as they navigate love, class and the tricky journey into adulthood.
Books where loving someone from the other side of the tracks is about better understanding ourselves and the world we live in.
Summer is a great time to catch up on some reading.
A children’s literature professor recommends some of her favourite books for high school kids.
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Here’s a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
Young adult fiction books on display at an independent bookstore.
An English professor says educators should use “Speak” – an often banned novel about sexual assault – to engage young people about the topic.
Zoey Deutch in the film Vampire Academy (2014).
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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 are forging a new way in contemporary young adult fiction.
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.
Tackling tough topics from racism and bullying to Indigenous identity and the holocaust, young adult fiction can challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking. Pictured here, an illustration from ‘Skim’ by Mariko Tamaki, the fictional diary of a depressed Japanese-Canadian girl.
Five novels for young adults that boldly tackle tough issues - from racism, to Indigenous identity and the Holocaust - to cultivate critical thinking in the classroom and at home.
Young adult literature is starting to explore death in depth.
Death used to happen off the page in kids’ books, but not anymore. They kill each other in The Hunger Games, and 13 Reasons Why graphically describes the impact of teen suicide.