I am a graduate student working on my master’s degree in library and information science at the University of South Carolina. My area of interest is youth services, and my goal is to be a teen librarian. I love young adult fiction, but I am also deeply attached to the classics. My favorite book of all time is “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series (although I haven’t read “Cursed Child” yet–I’m nervous!), and I recently fell in love with Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. I grew up reading older works for young people like “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Anne of Green Gables.”

I am absolutely in love with the direction YA books are currently moving. Authors like David Levithan and Benjamin Saenz are bringing LGBT stories into the mainstream, while Jacqueline Woodson adds her voice and perspective to the growing body of popular works by people of color. Serious topics such as mental illness, war, injustice, and more are being honestly discussed, and teenagers are being encouraged to join the conversation.

This is the kind of literature I want to share with the young people I encounter in my work as a librarian. I want to show them what is out there and inspire them to add their own perspectives to the dialogue.