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Teen Literature Update: MLA Presentation Handouts

I presented at the Missouri Library Association this past week on teen lit. It's always great to see everyone and talk books. The room was so full that I ended up running out of handouts! So here's the list I talked about:

Teen Literature Update 2013
Sarah Bean Thompson

Links of Note:
Someday My Printz Will Come:

Middle Grade
Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
School for Good and Evil by Soman Chaiani

Young Adult

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Please Forgive Me Leonard Peacock
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Poison by Bridgett Zinn
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Scowler by Daniel Kraus
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Winger by Andrew Smith

Graphic Novels

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
Relish by Lucy Knisley

Other Books to Know

17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
Dr Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
More Than This by Patrick Ness
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
The Program by Suzanne Young
The Sin Eaters Confession by Ilsa J. Bick
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
War Brothers Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Wise Young Foo by Sean Beaudoin


  1. Fantastic program! I always go back to my library to make sure I have everything you've talked about and I'm proud that only a few fall through the cracks. Congratulations on the full room! Everyone loved it! I made sure to put on my evaluation that you need a big room the next time you present. I certainly look forward to it every year!

  2. Thanks! I always love presenting and talking about books. And I couldn't believe the group-made me feel very loved! :)

  3. I'm an aspiring YA novelist and this comprehensive list will help keep me informed about the market! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I'm an aspiring YA novelist and this comprehensive list will help keep me informed about the market! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. I'm an aspiring YA novelist and this comprehensive list will help keep me informed about the market! Thanks so much for sharing!


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