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One of Don's favourite young adult authors (and people) is Vicki Grant, whose work always makes him laugh and think. Be sure to check out her latest novel, Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret. You'll love it.

Read Vicki's blog and check out her work.







Some adults have offered concerns about the heavy issues found in young adult literature, and Don recommends they read Sherman Alexie's essay "Why the Best Kids' Books Are Written in Blood," in which Alexie describes the power of YA literature that speaks to marginalized youth.

Read "Why the Best Kids' Books Are Written in Blood."