Ageless Reads: 15 YA Books that Grown-Ups Love Too

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There’s no getting around it: the best Young Adult books have gotten so much better than when we were actually young adults. Like maturing teens, we’ve all grown to the point that we can read the Harry Potter series or devour the Twilight…
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Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize for the adult version of this at times heartrending, at times shocking story of a young Honduran boy who, in his teens, left Tegucigalpa to attempt the trek to the United States in search of his mother. Leaving…
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My Name Is Cool: 18 Stories from a Cuban-Irish-American Storyteller

Sacre is a professional storyteller who is part Irish, part Cuban. He has built a storytelling career out of a mixture of personal anecdotes—including his much-exaggerated account of his father's escape from Castro's Cuba—and traditional…
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Tommy Stands Tall

  In this addition to the Roosevelt High School series, Tommy and several of his friends decide to form a new club, the Gay Straight Alliance. Tommy had come to terms with his homosexuality earlier in the series, but still struggles…
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The Book of Broken Hearts

Jude Hernandez has a problem. Well, a couple problems. Make that several. First, her father is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and the only thing that Jude can think of to bring him back is to get Valentina, his beloved Harley,…
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Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices

In this slender anthology, stories, poems and autobiographical essays (including one in comic book form) tangle with what it's like to be a hyphenated American. Most of the authors approach the subject with a strong dose of humor, following…
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Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood

In this gritty immersion into barrio life in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the late 1960s, Benjamin Alire Sáenz's narrator, Sammy, doesn't flinch as he studies and judges the world around him. Teachers and policemen—mostly white—see Sammy…

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia By Jenny Torres Sanchez Running Press • 2013 • 271 pages Hardcover ($9.95) ISBN: 978-0-7624-4680-3 Ages 14 and up Except for her obsession with Emily Dickinson (no, not the…

Fat Angie

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo Candlewick Press ● 2013 ● 264 pp Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-7636-6119-9 Ages 14 and up With Fat Angie, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has accomplished what many would say is impossible in a single…