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Feb 23

Teen Tuesdays: Crushes vs Boy/Girl Friendships in Middle Grade books

Posted on February 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

If you’ve reached the Middle Grade section of the library, you’ve most likely begun to have questions about relationships. Relationships are complicated and come in many forms, from love between family members to closeness between friends to romantic crushes. That's why Ms. Tyffany and Ms. Susan, library assistants with the York County Public Library Youth Services department, wanted to discuss books that help young readers gain insight on the differences between a friendship and a crush. Visit our YouTube channel or watch the embedded video below to hear their discussion in our latest YCPL Book Talk.

More books featuring relationships

Need more great recommendations? Check out these other titles featuring unique relationships:

  • Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
    Summary: As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend—or more than friend—Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?"
  • George by Alex Gino
    Summary: Knowing herself to be a girl despite her outwardly male appearance, George is denied a female role in the class play before teaming up with a friend to reveal her true self.
  • Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
    Summary: A friendless girl who has developed a knack for keeping her head down at school resists a red-headed newcomer who wants to make friends, before the two are paired for a class assignment that she hopes will secure her position on the debate team.