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Young Adult Book Recommendations

by Maria Judnick

I've been a member of a monthly YA book club at my favorite independent bookstore for nearly seven years now and it's hard for us to find books we all (mostly) agree on out of the dozen books we read each year. Some of us are writers, many of us are teachers, but all of us love to endlessly discuss books. This top 10 list offers a wide range of the genres we've explored -- historical fiction, contemporary fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, autobiographical fiction, magical realism, and graphic novels. In this list, check out the links to hopefully find a great pick for you too!

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Maria Judnick is a Lecturer in the Department of English. Besides tweeting a daily haiku since Jan 2021, Maria contributes book reviews to Heavy Feather Review and other literary publications. She also serves as the Social Media Editor for The EcoTheo Review. Maria enjoys reading YA novels when she isn't happily re-reading But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton to her infant son.

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Maria Judnick is a Lecturer in the Department of English. She teaches Engineering Communications, CTW, and Creative Nonfiction. She co-created the ENVS 95 course with her English colleague Matt Driscoll and enjoys teaching this Sustainability-based class each Spring. Maria has been published most recently in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy but she also enjoys freelancing for creative publications. You can follow her haiku adventures on Twitter at @mjuddy.