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“I’d Rather Read YA” Online Book Club

Do you love to read young adult (YA) literature and talk about it with other people?

Do you wish you knew about more contemporary YA titles?

Do you love book clubs, but wish you could stay home in your pajamas instead?

Then we have the book club for you! The “I’d Rather Read YA” online book club!

The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is proud to partner with Union Avenue Books to sponsor a new online book club for readers of YA literature. Teens and adults welcome!

Each month—Feb. through May, 2020–we’ll read a different YA book and meet online to talk about it (you will receive a link to our Zoom videoconference site prior to the day of the event). And who knows? Sometimes the author may join us (either online or in person)! E-mail Dr. Susan Groenke at if you want to join! She will make sure you receive the Zoom link for each meeting!

Dates/times for book club online meetings and titles are:

Sunday, March 29, 4:00-5:30pm EST (online)—Slay, by Brittney Morris. Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for Black gamers. UPDATE: Brittney Morris will join us online! Yay!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 4:00-5:30pm EST (online)—The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett. A haunting, speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Sunday, May 31, 4:00-5:30pm EST (online)—Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay. A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for these dates and if you’re local, get to Union Avenue Books in downtown Knoxville! Union Avenue will have in-store copies of all books for sale at 10% off! While the Coronavirus threat is active, they are offering FREE shipping on orders placed through their website:  Please support your local independent bookstore!