10 Young Adult novels that don't suck

As a middle school English teacher, I've read a lot of young adult literature and, quite frankly, there's a lot of crap out there (I won't even climb on my anti-Twilight soapbox). Navigating the muddy waters of YA lit can be akin to, well, teaching middle school, but there really are some amazing reads in this genre.


Holy crap we're hosting an exchange student — now what?!

My husband and I were recently approached by a friend coordinating host families for a three week long cultural exchange program for students from Spain this summer. We decided to go for it — it will be a neat experience for us, and it's a nice thing to do both for our friend and for the student who will be staying with us. The other day we got the email that we'd been approved as "host parents" and matched with a 17-year-old young man!