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Side note: There has been a lot of buzz lately about YA (Young Adult) Literature --a relatively new genre which began its elevation in the 70's and 80's into the full blown genre that it is today. The latest buzz involves the apparent darkness as subject matter that has become a cornerstone of YA Lit. Is the prose and poetry, crafted to assist adolescents through their tumultuous move into adulthood, too dark? Is it all just a marketing scheme, fuel to burn the cash in teens pockets? Some YA books have been compared to car accidents, you cannot help but look, but really, you can't help the victim either, so what is a confused adolescent to do if they do not have help processing the book. Then again times are crazy --W.W.H.C.D. (what would Holden Caufield do, remember him from The Catcher in the Rye?)-- teens definitely need something to connect with. Search "Dark YALit" or #YAsaves and read a bit of the buzz. The issue can seem very polar --but somewhere in the middle are the world's teenagers and they need good books to read!This weeks challenge sends you in a time machine to your youth, think 12-18. Tell the Books for Walls Project about a book that landed in your hands and, if you care to, share how it helped you then and may still help you now? Please post in the comments below and thank you for taking The H.Y.P.E. Challenge!
Coming Soon: The Books for Walls Project Summer Reading Program, in line with the American Library Association's theme "One World, Many Stories" we've invited several Children and Young Adult Librarians to take part in our Challenges to help kids find their way to good books this summer, including