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Ellie Marney: What is this YA the kids are reading?

Session Info:

Although new statistics on reading show that YA books are crossing the age-divide, many parents and adults are still a bit mystified by Young Adult as a category.

Ellie has the unique perspective of being on all sides of the equation – reader, parent, teacher, author – and this talk provides an opportunity to examine the YA backstory, the books themselves, and gain some insight into your child’s reading life.


  • YA – what is it?
  • Unpacking the category
  • When are kids ready for YA?
  • Borderlands
  • Why don’t I know the books?
  • How can I help my kids choose good books? (and what’s a good book anyway?)
  • Approaches to reading the books
  • Questions

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