The Birth of YA
New York City librarian Mabel Williams championed the YA genre back in 1929 when she helped publish the first “NYPL Books for Young People” list, which is still going strong. Margaret Scoggin is cited as another key advocate of YA literature. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that YA truly came into its own, with Judy Blume and others leading the way.
Teen books may not be able to compete with the visuals of The Matrix, but they do provide a few hours of what teens may need most: time to think. And there’s nothing bleak about that. (Time.com)