Cover Photo: This photograph shows two people in overalls standing by a red wall. They are holding hands and there is a pinkish tint covering the photograph.
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Why Romance Is Important for Young Adult Readers

For our Romance Week series, Maya MacGregor reflects on literature’s unique ability to show readers that they are lovable and worthy of romance—even if the rest of the world is saying otherwise.

The Heart Principle


The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam SylvesterThe Evolving Truth of Ever-Stronger Will

The Evolving Truth of Ever-Stronger Willdecades

A Wrinkle in TimeThe GiverDark Angelfor me


HeartstopperFelix Ever AfterAnd They Lived . . .

Maya MacGregor is an autistic author, singer, and artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Maya is active in many community activities in Gaelic music as well as writing contemporary YA and adult fiction (as Emmie Mears and M Evan MacGriogair). Maya has a degree in history and is passionate about writing the stories for teens they wish had existed when they were younger and fills them with the type of people who have always populated their world. Their pronouns are they/them.

Photo credit for headshot: Max Crawford Photography