Sliding Into The YA Category’s DMs

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Eric and Kelly talk about this year’s slate of Norton Award titles and titles of years past, then dig into the differences between YA and middle grade, explore authors who write in both categories, and top it all off by highlighting YA with younger teen protagonists.


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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Norton Awards list

Alice Mary Norton (Andre Norton)

Exo by Fonda Lee

The Art of Starving by Sam J Miller

Want by Cindy Pon

September Girls by Bennett Madison

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry

Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by AS King

Updraft by Fran Wilde

Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Fair Coin by Eugene Myers

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

So Done by Paula Chase

How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Shug by Jenny Han

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

The Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu

The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu

The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

All That Was by Karen Rivers

Forever or a Long Long Time by Caela Carter

My Life With The Liars by Caela Carter

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

The Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Patina by Jason Reynolds

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Confessions of a High School Disaster: Chloe Snow’s Diary by Emma Chastain

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Estrella’s Quinceanara by Malin Alegria

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe