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Young Adult (YA) Books in the Library

There has been a very high demand from our students for some of their favorite authors who are considered YA, so we have added a new section of the library. Some books in the YA section have a small amount of mature content, such as John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and others are written at a very high reading level and may be difficult for younger readers such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

There are many books for students these days to choose from, but as they get older they want to read about different things. Generally, books for younger readers are about what they are going through in their lives. As we move into middle grade novels, books tend to be more about how readers fit in with their friends and family. Finally as they move into YA books, they move into how students feel they fit into the world around them as a whole. This is the main distinction between middle grade and YA novels...YA does not mean bad language and poor decision making.

The GVMS library would like to acknowledge that students in the middle school have a large variety of interests when it comes to reading as well as a wide range of reading levels, so we want everyone to feel that there are books that meet their needs. As students read more, they become more proficient readers and can handle more difficult text and hopefully they will find new genres and authors as they explore the growing library. Students are more likely to become lifelong readers if they are able to choose books they truly enjoy. We have often had to turn students away in the past because of a lack of the books they really wanted to read and turning students away is the last thing we want in our school library.

Because some parents may not want to have their child read something that they don't think they are ready for, the library will require that all students get a permission form signed in order to check out YA books. Our book check out system (Destiny) will allow us to display whether or not each student who has their form signed.

Below are examples of books that are in our new YA section. Please feel free to use the Destiny catalog to look them up as well as other means to discover what the books are about and if you want your child to have the opportunity to read more and more. Make sure to talk to your child about whatever it is they are reading-it makes for great conversation no matter what!

If you would like to discuss this further, feel free to contact me through email or by phone at 610-579-5164.

Permission forms will be sent home with students in order for them to be able to check out YA books and we will consider it valid for their entire tenure at GVMS.

Thank you so very much and happy reading!

Mrs. Cleary,


Example YA Books:

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (series)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (series)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
The Final Four by Paul Volponi
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

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