Coming of age
Feb 20, 2013 — In Benjamin Alire Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the titular characters are Mexican-American loners trying to find their place in the world; they end up finding each other in the process.
Dec 20, 2012 — It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. Debates raged over what constituted a young adult novel versus an adult novel. This list isn't concerned with classification — it rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jun 7, 2012 — If there's one thing that teenagers of all stripes spend their energy on, it's friendship. These outstanding new novels for young adults explore friendship wherever it blossoms, whether in the extremes of a dystopian future or the more mundane emotional extremes of high school.
Jul 1, 2009 — In the novel Touch, Francine Prose tells the story of the conflicting accounts that arise after a 14-year-old girl is groped by three male friends on a school bus.
Nov 25, 2008 — A novel about a notorious Florida outlaw and a history of Thomas Jefferson's hidden slave family were among the winners at the 59th annual awards.
Jan 14, 2008 — Each year, at the American Library Association's mid-winter meeting, the winners of the most prestigious prizes for children's books are announced: the Caldecott Medal for picture book, and the Newbery Award.
Jun 11, 2006 — It's a summer tradition at Weekend Edition Sunday: each week, we learn what notable readers are pulling off the shelves. Elizabeth Bird, senior librarian at The New York Public Library's Donnell Library Center, focuses on books for young people.
Mar 6, 2005 — As music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR's Ned Wharton supervises music continuity for the show and keeps tabs on what's new and noteworthy in the music world. He looks at a pair of CDs designed to be appreciated with visual components.
Dec 15, 2004 — Writer Charles Solomon offers his thoughts about graphic novels and collections of comics that deserve more reader attention — including new collections from Love and Rockets creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, a narrative of growing up in a Christian fundamentalist household and a compilation of the popular For Better or For Worse syndicated comic strip.