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YA Literature

What is Young Adult Literature?

Young Adult Literature (YA) is fiction targeting readers between the ages of 12 to 18/7th grade and up.  Common themes for YA include issues students may face such as, friendships, dating, family problems, violence, belonging, etc.

Why are there concerns over YA?

Parents have concerns because some YA books discuss topics such as sex, death, alcohol and drug abuse, and contain inappropriate language. ChMS teaches students to self censor their reading by discussing with guardians what is acceptable for their family.

How will a child know if a book is YA?

At ChMS we are in the process of labeling all YA books with a sticker on the spine of the book.  Students may also check suggested sites (located at the bottom of the page) to determine if the book is suited for them.

What if a child checks out a YA book and changes their mind?

If a student checks out ANY book and decides it's not for them; simply return the book, no questions asked.

Examples of YA Literature:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Sites to review a Young Adult novel:

Scholastic Book Wizard:
Common Sense Media:
Barnes and Noble: