YA Cafe

45 EpisodesProduced by Danielle Hall and Amanda Thrasher

Conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine addicts everywhere.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia feat. Erin Callahan

February 21st, 2019

28:06

Love, lies, and revolution! All of that and more in this week’s featured title, We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, with guest Erin …

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

February 7th, 2019

24:57

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

January 31st, 2019

26:24

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

January 24th, 2019

26:51

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

January 17th, 2019

29:17

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire feat. Betsy Cornwell

January 10th, 2019

31:04

2018 Recommendation Round-Up Pt. 2

December 27th, 2018

26:38

2018 Recommendation Round-Up Pt. 1

December 20th, 2018

25:40

The Disasters by MK England

December 13th, 2018

24:14

In The Disasters by MK England we follow four teens on the run. Can they evade the government long enough to stop the terrorists from striking again? …

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

December 6th, 2018

23:51

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

November 29th, 2018

27:41

Joining us today is friend and writer Samantha Leidig. You may remember her from our first season, and she’s back to discuss The Resolutions by Mia …

Pulp by Robin Talley

November 15th, 2018

23:38

Pulp by Robin Talley is a moving split perspective window into the lives of two women – 60 years apart – who both seek refuge in their writing. …

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

November 8th, 2018

24:33

This week we are journeying into a rich fantasy world inspired by Japanese folkore. Join us as we chat about Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. …

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

November 1st, 2018

23:54

Sea monsters, pirates, and lost treasure? All of that (and more) awaits you in this weeks episode. Join us as we chat about Salt by Hannah Moskowitz. (Transcript) In today’s episode… Salt by Hannah Moskowitz Monster …

The Hate U Give: Book vs. Movie

October 26th, 2018

31:26

Today we are joined by our bookstagram friends, Anna & Courtney, for a Book vs Movie breakdown of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. (Transcript)     In today’s episode…   In The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, …

Blanca & Roja

October 19th, 2018

30:31

Anna-Marie McLemore’s Blanca & Roja is a twist on an old tale: two sisters challenge the story they’ve been told, and the roles they’ve been …

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

October 18th, 2018

35:52

In The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, Felicity faces new adventures as she tries to realize her dreams of becoming a doctor. And yes, there are petticoats AND pirates!     In today’s episode…   …

Toil & Trouble feat. Melissa from @thereaderandthechef

August 30th, 2018

24:12

  Join us as we chat with bookstagrammer Melissa Robles about Toil & Trouble, a new YA anthology of stories about witchy women, written by 15 …

Seafire feat. Emily Skrutskie

August 23rd, 2018

28:50

Today we chat about Seafire by Natalie C. Parker, with YA author Emily Skrutskie. Seafire has kick-ass lady pirates, and tons of action. What’s not to love? (Transcript)   In today’s episode…   In Natalie C. Parker’s …

Fresh Ink feat. Lamar Giles

August 16th, 2018

27:37

This week we feature the Fresh Ink anthology, a collection of diverse short stories for a YA audience. Joining us is editor and YA author Lamar …

The Forest Queen

August 9th, 2018

26:15

  The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell isn’t ‘just’ a Robin Hood retelling, it also serves up strong lady friendships, and a sharp look at power and privilege. (Transcript)     In today’s episode… In The Forest Queen, …

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

August 2nd, 2018

21:44

Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen is about one girl’s struggle to find the light, even as her whole world has been plunged into darkness. …

When Life Gives You Demons feat. Erin Callahan

July 26th, 2018

28:00

Reading, writing, and … exorcisms? That’s all before lunch. YA novelist Erin Callahan is here to chat on When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn. (transcript) In today’s episode… When Life Gives You Demons by …

Hullmetal Girls

July 19th, 2018

23:21

Emily Skrutskie’s new sci-fi novel Hullmetal Girls is a world of economic inequality, a militarized police force, and humanity’s last breath. …

I’m Not Missing

July 12th, 2018

23:03

Carrie Fountain’s new book I’m Not Missing is an exploration of friendship, loss, and not repeating the mistakes of the past. (transcript)   In today’s episode…   In Carrie Fountain’s I’m Not Missing, Miranda and Syd …

Zen and Gone

July 5th, 2018

25:25

Zen and Gone by Emily France is a story of sisterhood, self-care, and self discovery (with a side of romance), all set in the beautiful Colorado …

Trail of Lightning

June 28th, 2018

21:53

In Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, Maggie the Monster Slayer fights for her life. Are the gods on her side? Sometimes. But her shotgun always is. (transcript)     In today’s episode…   Trail of Lightning by …

The Art of Escaping

June 21st, 2018

27:13

Erin Callahan’s debut novel The Art of Escaping is a fun and fresh read about escapology, testing your limits, and finding  your passion. …

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road

June 14th, 2018

23:44

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim is a road trip romp about the 3 F’s; friends, family, and fried food. Join us as we chat about this Pakistani-American spin on coming-of-age. (transcript)   In today’s episode… …

How I Resist edited by Maureen Johnson

June 7th, 2018

30:10

Words of empowerment and encouragement from thirty amazing creators? Yes, please! In today’s episode, we discuss How I Resist, an activism anthology …

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

May 31st, 2018

31:08

  Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson is a heartbreaking snapshot of children who fall through the cracks. Our Bookstagrammer friends Anna & Courtney return to the show to talk about friendship, family, and …

Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross

May 24th, 2018

21:19

In Jek/Hyde by Amy Ross, a gothic classic finds a new home in a shiny research town. Join us as we talk about loyalty, the #metoo movement, and the darkness inside. (transcript)     In today’s episode…   Amy Ross’s …

All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

May 17th, 2018

29:04

All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor gives us a vision of obsession, betrayal, and the blurred line between fiction and reality. Join us as we chat about this new YA thriller with author Amanda K. Morgan. …

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

May 10th, 2018

29:35

  Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian is a ice cream romp with themes of friendship, feminism, and building a legacy. Join us as we chat about this fun summer book with our friend, Claire Nauman. (transcript)     In today’s …

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say

May 3rd, 2018

27:34

  We take a look at online shaming and Leila Sales’ new novel, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say. Join us this week on the YA Cafe. (transcript)   In today’s episode…   In Leila Sales’ newest novel, If You Don’t …

Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion (and other creative books)

April 26th, 2018

29:37

In Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion, Ben and Dominique are drawn together after a movie-magic chance encounter. Join us as we chat music and …

Children of Blood and Bone

April 19th, 2018

32:03

  We’ll be talking about Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi with two ladies from the Bookstagram community, Courtney and Anna. Join us as we talk characterization, context, and why it matters. (transcript)     …

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

April 12th, 2018

27:15

  Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert is a dive inside the mind of a young artist, Danny Cheng. Join us today as we talk about secrets, tragedies, and struggles with mental health. (Listen to the podcast or …

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

April 5th, 2018

29:49

We’re chatting with Anne Marie Wells, a fellow reader and foodie friend, about The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding. Check out more on this week’s episode of the YA Cafe.   In today’s episode…   In The Summer of …

The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood

March 29th, 2018

26:07

  The Radical Element is a new anthology of historical YA fiction short stories edited by Jessica Spotswood. This anthology moves chronologically …

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

March 22nd, 2018

24:43

  Welcome to the YA Cafe, where you’ll find conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine addicts …

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

March 19th, 2018

30:50

  Welcome to the YA Cafe, where you’ll find conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine addicts …

Oo, Scandalous: Three YA Thrillers

March 15th, 2018

21:43

  Welcome to the YA Cafe, where you’ll find conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine addicts everywhere. …

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

March 15th, 2018

25:25

  Welcome to the YA Cafe, where you’ll find conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine addicts everywhere. …

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

March 15th, 2018

22:45

  Welcome to our new podcast, The YA Cafe, where you’ll find conversations and reviews about Young Adult books for teachers, readers, and caffeine …

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