Fall 2015: Why YA?

"Bubbles" © Von Allan

The Return of Passionate Reading

While the best YA is often plot driven, the most significant reason readers eat these books up is because the characters express their emotions directly.

—“The YA Conspiracy—and How I Grew Up”

New pieces will appear on the Table of Contents as they publish throughout the issue cycle.


Theme for this Issue

How Hollywood Screws up YA Books by John Michael Bell
Hooking Teens with the Real World by Marina Budhos and Marc Aronson
Spoilers in English Class by Jason J. Griffith
Sex and the Young Reader by Karen J. Ohlson

Flash Nonfiction

Liquid Ballerina by Paige Nichols
Pandora’s Box by Lori Michelle Hawks
Haunted by Robin L. Flanigan
Clothes to Die In by Mel Andrews

Why I Write

The Landscape Portal by Kaori Fujimoto



Iris Jamahl Dunkle: Two Poems by Iris Jamahl Dunkle


Sure Things by Hannah Thurman

TW Reading Series

We’ve Got to Move by Sanderia Faye