Young Adult Literature – No Matter Your Age

Young Adult Literature – No Matter Your Age

Rainbow Rowell

What Happens After the Chosen One Saves the Day?

Friday October 11th,7:30pm-8:45pm

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

In Wayward Son, the hotly-anticipated sequel to Carry On, Rainbow Rowell explores what happens after the Chosen One saves the day.
Sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library.

Making Friends and Saving Family

Thursday October 10th, 12:00pm-1:15pm

Johnson Center, 3rd Floor, Meeting Room E

Frank Morelli’s YA novel No Sad Songs, tells the story of a boy trying to balance a normal teenage life with his grandfather’s degenerating Alzheimer’s. With his punk rock-loving friend and his uncle trying to help, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life.

Diverging Roads: Teenagers Face Choices and Consequences

Saturday October 12th, 10:30am-11:45am

Merten Hall, Room 1202

YA authors Mia García, Chris Tebbetts, and Anna Bright consider how teenage identities change based on the choices they make. In Tebbetts’, Me, Myself, and Him, a hit of whippets leads the main character to getting stuck in two timelines: living with a famous jerk father, and staying home as a third wheel in his own life. In García’s The Resolutions, teens challenge each other to a whirlwind year after choosing each other’s New Year’s resolutions. In Bright’s The Beholder, after a brutal public rejection, Selah, the daughter of the leader of the Potomac, sails the Atlantic to visit suitors, barred from returning until she’s engaged.

Hurdles and Highs of Teenhood

Saturday October 12th, 2:15pm-3:30pm

Merten Hall, Room 1202

Young Adult authors Christina June, Lauren Morrill, Olivia Hinebaugh, and Sarvenaz Tash have written novels featuring teens dealing with supersized obstacles—an incarcerated parent, foster care, navigating a broken heart in a technology-driven world, leading a sex-ed curriculum war at school—while also piloting their everyday lives. With notes of humor, friendship and romance, these novels show that even the biggest mountain can be conquered. June is the author of No Place Like Here, Morrill is the author of Better Than the Best Plan, Hinebaugh is the author of The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me, and Tash is the author of Virtually Yours.

Dead Rabbits Podcast: Uncertain Futures with Atia Abawi

Saturday October 12th, 1:00pm-2:15pm

Merten Hall, Room 1203

The Dead Rabbits Podcast with Brian Birnbaum records an episode live featuring YA author Atia Abawi discussing how they redefine the definitions of home and trauma. In Abawi’s book, A Land of Permanent Goodbyes, Syria is torn apart due to war, leaving each survivor with a new and dangerous label: refugee. And in Birnbaum’s Emerald City, a family company’s profits are being used to illegally fund a drug-crop in Guatemala. Discover how to navigate uncertain futures in fictional worlds not so unlike our own.