1. Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier


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    The long-anticipated sequel to Tanuja Desai Hidier’s groundbreaking Born Confused!

    Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does.

    It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going to get - of scenery, of cultures, of mind. She thinks she’s heading to Bombay for a family wedding - but really she is plunging into the unexpected, the unmapped, and the uncontrollable. The land of her parents and ancestors has a lot to reveal to her - for every choice we make can crescendo into a journey, every ending can turn into a beginning, and each person we meet can show us something new about ourselves. 

    Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Born Confused gave voice to a new multicultural generation. Now, Bombay Blues explores everything this generation faces today, with a heady mix of uncertainty and determination, despair and inspiration, haunting loss and revelatory love.

    Read an excerpt: 
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  2. How To Play Instruments | Things I Learned In YA: Music


    Oh, what’s that? Learn to play cello like Violet from The Jewel?!

  3. torbooks:

    Summer’s not over yet! Need more beach reads? Cory Doctorow has you covered with his YA & Kids list.

  4. paperbackd:

    Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (27/07 - 02/08)

    The Young World (The Young World #1) by Chris Weitz ✤ July 29th

    Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid ✤ July 29th

    Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead ✤ July 29th

    Solitaire by Alice Oseman ✤ July 31st

    Oceanborn (The Aquarathi #2) by Amalie Howard ✤ July 29th

    Before You by Amber Hart ✤ July 29th

    Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!

  5. behind-the-book:

    High School Reading List

    Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Drown by Junot Diaz

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

    The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

    The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

    Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

    A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

    The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

    Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

    Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

    The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

    For descriptions, click the read more!

    (Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle School lists)

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  6. catagator:



    Virtual Reality!

    Here’s another YA booklist for ya. 

  7. bisexual-books:

    It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  Bisexual YA author Corinne Duyvis was generous enough to send us some swag from her US tour and we’re happy to pass it along to you guys!  

    You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

    Now all the boring rules stuff:

    • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
    • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
    • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).   
    • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
    • But no giveaway blogs  
    • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

    And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for bisexual comics and the other for romance!

    (via bisexual-books)

  8. We Need Diverse Books Announces Incorporation as a Non-Profit and Inaugural Advisory Board


    Grassroots organization files for incorporation as a non-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, and welcomes its first advisory board members, authors Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon
    New York City, NY  (July 28, 2014) More than just a hashtag, We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.  We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality. Its mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.             
    In order to accomplish its mission, We Need Diverse Books reaches out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including but not limited to publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.  “Incorporating will give us the legitimacy and standing we need to move forward with our mission,” says Lamar Giles, VP of Communications. “We have many exciting projects in the works.”
    In addition to a Diversity Festival planned for 2016, We Need Diverse Books plans to initiate a grant program to support diverse authors, bring Diversity into the Classroom with collaborations with First Book and the National Education Association, and develop a “diversity toolkit” for librarians and booksellers.
    Inaugural advisory board members includes Grace Lin, Jacqueline Woodson, Matt de la Peña, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Cindy Pon. “Each of these members has a history of advocating for diverse books, and is a pioneer in the field of children’s literature. They will not only increase our visibility as an organization, but light the way going forward,” said Ellen Oh, President of We Need Diverse Books.
    On the heels of its enormously successful panel at the inaugural Book Con, the We Need Diverse Books team has been invited by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) to present the first ever diverse author signing and reception, and present panels at the Baltimore Book Festival, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), among others.

  9. teensy hiatus

    Hi all -

    I haven’t taken a break in… A WHILE, and I have lots of stuff planned over the next few weeks, including a stint at the LA SCBWI Summer Conference! Come say hi if you will be theeeeeere.

    All this to say that this blog will be taking a little nap for a bit. Not too long. I’ll probably post sporadically over the next few weeks. Then I’ll be back!


  10. wearetatal:

    We’re starting our trip back in time with teen reviewer Libby’s look at Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

    The Diviners by Libba Bray is an odd but compelling combination of 1920’s thriller and supernatural powers. Its a mystery with all sorts of secrets, drama, murder, jazz, and intrigue. Evie O’Neal is moving to New York City from her hometown in Ohio. Its 1926, and she couldn’t be more excited for her big city adventure. Except that once she arrives, she finds that things may not be as great as they seem. First she finds herself living with her Uncle Will, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, also known as the Museum of Creepy Crawlies. The city is being rocked by a sensational series of strange and ritualistic killings, and Uncle Will is called in to consult. Evie might be able to help, but only if she reveals a secret supernatural power she doesn’t entirely understand. As the hunt for the killer escalates, Evie discovers that Uncle Will and her new friends may also have secrets of their own. Can they stop the killer from creating anymore chaos? Is the killer even human?

    The Diviners is mostly Evie’s story, but there are chapters of the book that are from the perspectives of other New Yorkers who are dealing with their own supernatural experiences. Memphis has dreams he can’t explain. Jerecho has a mysterious medical condition. Their pieces of the story add more layers to the overall plot and serve as a great setup for the sequel, “Lair of Dreams,” which is set to come out in 2015.

    This book was the creepiest thing I’d read in a long time. I started it in the middle of the afternoon, and couldn’t put it down. By the time I finished, it was two in the morning and I was the only one awake in a dark and silent house and I didn’t think I’d ever sleep properly again. The writing is vivid, which makes all the little details pop out, even when they’re terrifying. Its clear Libba Bray did her research, and the mythology is consistent and blends into the reality of Evie’s world. While I did find some of the 1920’s expressions off-putting, the details and the mystery were more than enough to make up for it. The characters are relatable, the killer is the definition of evil, and the adventure is exciting. I recommend reading
    The Diviners with the lights on.

    Read More:

    Up and Coming: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    You Oughta Be In Pictures: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    A Very YA Halloween