Join us on April 14, 2017 at 6:30pm
1 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

For an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature.  Come join us to talk about our featured book, YA buzz, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.


April 2017 Featured Read: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Eight Starred Reviews! #1 New York Times Bestseller!

“Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds

“Stunning.” —John Green

“This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A powerful, in-your-face novel.” —The Horn Book (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Past Featured Books

March 2017: Caraval by Stephanie Garber  
February 2017: Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughn, illustrated by Cliff Chiang and Jared K. Fletcher
January 2017: Mock Awards Books Reading List
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
December 2016: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
November 2016: How To Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
October 2016: The Passion of Dolssa: A Novel by Julie Berry
September 2016: Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
August 2016: Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
July 2016: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
June 2016: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez and The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
May 2016: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
April 2016: This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
March 2016: Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano
February 2016: “A Crossroads” by J. L. Powers from Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves edited by Ann Angel
January 2016: Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Either the Beginning or the End of the World by Terry Farish
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Sum
December 2015: How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
November 2015: 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
October 2015: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
September 2015: Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
August 2015: Shine by Lauren Myracle with More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
July 2015: Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff with Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
June 2015: 2015 Printz Award Winning Books (discussed at the Printz Pizza Party)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson; And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard; The Carnival At Bray by Jessie Ann Foley; Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith; and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
May 2015: Rebels By Accident by Patricia Dunn
April 2015: Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
March 2015: Laughing At My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
February 2015: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
January 2015: My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
December 2014: Noggin by John Corey Whaley
November 2014: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
October 2014: The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
September 2014: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
August 2014: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen &
Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
July 2014: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick &
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
June 2014: The Hit by Melvin Burgess
May 2014: A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan
April 2014: Anything But Ordinary by Lara Avery
March 2014: Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
February 2014: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
January 2014: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
December 2013: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
November 2013: ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card
October 2013: ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry
September 2013: THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen
August 2013: FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick
(our group was able to read galley copies thanks to Victoria Stapleton, Director, School & Library Marketing from Little Brown and Company)
July 2013: LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr
June 2013: CRASH by Lisa McMann
May 2013: ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake
April 2013: SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington
March 2013: BRUISER by Neil Shusterman AND DRAMA by RAINA Telgemeier
January 2013: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde


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