USA Today features Summer YA Reads
Today, USA Today’s Pop Candy blog features a list of “Ten summer young-adult books you’ll want to read, despite your age.” Compiled by librarian Nicole S. (of Booked Up), this is a terrific list of some of the most hotly anticipated teen (and some children’s and middle-grade) titles of the year.
My one beef with this article is that they aren’t all exactly “summer” reads—you’ll have to wait until late September to get your hands on a few them. In my mind, September = Fall. Only 3 of the 10 are currently available. In spite of this, I agree that these are all titles to get excited about.
Personally, I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Mockingjay (the final installment of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins and the hilarious-sounding Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. Both made Nicole’s list.
The piece ends with a plea for support for public libraries. Nicole writes:
Although all of these books will be available in bookstores, I urge you to use your local library instead. Public libraries across the nation face severe budget cuts this summer, with services, staffing and branch locations being stripped to the bare bone. While you’re at the circulation desk, please ask your local librarian what you can do to help your system of choice keep fighting the good fight.
Right on, Nicole!