1. alyseofwonderland:

    #Feels: YA Genre Couples

    I dont know anything about infant care! I could have killed her! -Said every YA love interest ever

  2. e-volt:

    Young Adult Author Meg Medina introduces herself and her novel The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

  3. Beyond Diversity 101: On Bisexual Characters and YA Literature

    malindalo:

    In honor of Celebrate Bisexuality Day aka Bi Visibility Day, I thought I’d reblog this post I wrote last year on bisexual characters in YA.

    diversityinya:

    By Malinda Lo

    In response to my posts on Diversity in 2012 YA Bestsellersbisexual-books asked:

    Malinda, could you please expand/clarify the following?   I’m not sure what you are trying to get at here.

    diversityinya:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that Pretty Little Liars has made a very comfortable home for itself on those lists, because I’m often asked whether having LGBT main characters is a problem. I know that the B is not the same as the L, G or (especially) T, but still: I’m thrilled to see a bestselling series with a queer girl lead selling so well.

    This is a complicated question with a complicated answer, and I’ve been mulling it over for some time because I want to make sure I answer this as well as I can.

    Please note that I’m trying to write this both for a general audience who may not have detailed understanding of these issues, and for the specific audience that asked this question: the people who run Bisexual Books. So I am focusing primarily on bisexual issues here, even though I touch on other issues as well to provide context.

    First, let’s think about the acronym LGBT. That stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender. Those are four different identities that have their own individual histories, issues, complications, and stereotypes. (I’ve decided not to delve into Q/queer here, because that’s a different discussion.) The primary thing I’m saying when I say “the B is not the same as the L, G, or (especially) T” is that each of those identities warrants separate consideration because they are separate identities. (I will address that word “especially” later on in this post.)

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  4. diversityinya:

    This week’s diverse new releases are:

    Dreaming in Indian edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)

    Book Description: A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

    Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

    Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

    Book Description: Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a long line of risk-takers and is an avid thrill-seeker in her own right, until she takes a terrible fall and shatters her leg. Her life used to be about bike racing and rock climbing; now it’s about staying home, except for attending physical and group therapy sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center her mom has chosen. Dyna’s boyfriend saw her accident and supports her newfound desire for safety, but a young Iraq war veteran she meets at rehab challenges her to think about what she’s really avoiding in her old life and to take chances again—even with her heart.

    Silvern by Christina Farley (Skyscape)

    Book Description: Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

    Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (Little, Brown)

    Book Description: Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

    Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane—a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

    Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Egmont USA)

    “Lippert-Martin’s debut finds life in the oft-seen trope of lost memory—and even a somewhat plausible mechanism for bringing about the amnesia. Plausibility isn’t always the name of the game (the government rarely uses world-class architects for medical torture labs), but this is a very entertaining game for thriller fans. Sarah Ramos, 16, is undergoing focused memory-elimination treatments when her surgery is interrupted by a power outage, followed by an invasion of explosives-wielding commandos who are looking for her.” — Publishers Weekly

    On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers (Crown Books for Young Readers)

    “Myers issues a rebellious call to action that chronicles how seven diverse teenagers respond to injustice in a globalized not-so-distant future. In 2035, giant multinationals control the world’s major resources, engineering positive economic growth by exploiting worldwide social inequity. Change-embracing Dominican computer whiz and Bronx native Dahlia Grillo, the narrator, is one of seven teens who resist. … Readers are left to question what actions are possible, what actions are needed and what actions are right in a world where inaction is an impossibility.A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master.” — Kirkus, starred review

    Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy Book 3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House Books for Young Readers)

    Book Description: Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

    Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

    Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)

    “Eighteen-year-old Darcy drops her college plans and moves to New York to revise her soon-to-bepublished novel and start the second one. Meanwhile, in chapters that alternate with Darcy’s NYC adventures, her fictional protagonist, Lizzie, survives a near-death experience to find she has become a psychopomp, responsible for guiding souls to the afterlife. Westerfeld masterfully creates two divergent reading experiences (YA romance and fantasy horror) with two distinct yet believable voices. … this is a busy book, with content drawn from Gujarati culture and Indian religion—this book includes romantic entanglements, a charming lesbian love story, terrorism and justice, and insider references to the YA publishing and literature scene.” — Booklist, starred review

  5. yainterrobang:

HAPPY BISEXUAL AWARENESS DAYIt may be Banned Books Week - but it’s also Biweek. Put together by GLAAD, Biweek is a place to celebrate bisexuality. But independently of Biweek is today - Bisexuality Awareness Day / Bisexuality Visibility Day! Celebrated for years in the bisexual community, it’s a place to celebrate and showcase bisexuality, which often gets erased in mainstream media. How could we resist getting involved? Our good friend Dahlia Adler shared her list of books with amazing bisexual representation for us to share with all of you. Her guide to QUILTBAG / LGBTQIA+ representation in the writing world is astounding, and we highly recommend you check it out!

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger • Pantomime by Laura Lam • Shadowplay by Laura Lam • The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell • Over You by Amy Reed • The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar • The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar • Twin Sense by Lydia Sharp • Far From You by Tess Sharpe • Coda by Emma Trevayne

Which one of these books - or characters - is your favorite?

    yainterrobang:

    HAPPY BISEXUAL AWARENESS DAY
    It may be Banned Books Week - but it’s also Biweek. Put together by GLAAD, Biweek is a place to celebrate bisexuality.

    But independently of Biweek is today - Bisexuality Awareness Day / Bisexuality Visibility Day! Celebrated for years in the bisexual community, it’s a place to celebrate and showcase bisexuality, which often gets erased in mainstream media.

    How could we resist getting involved? Our good friend Dahlia Adler shared her list of books with amazing bisexual representation for us to share with all of you. Her guide to QUILTBAG / LGBTQIA+ representation in the writing world is astounding, and we highly recommend you check it out!

    Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis • Geography Club by Brent Hartinger • Pantomime by Laura Lam • Shadowplay by Laura Lam • The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell • Over You by Amy Reed • The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar • The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar • Twin Sense by Lydia Sharp • Far From You by Tess Sharpe • Coda by Emma Trevayne

    Which one of these books - or characters - is your favorite?

  6. yainterrobang:

    LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN STORIES INSPIRED BY GREEK MYTHOLOGY
    Need a break from the real world? Come visit Mount Olympus - or at least stories inspired by the gods. For more fun lists and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

    (via torteen)

  7. paperbackd:

    Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (21/09 - 27/09)

    Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan ✤ Sept 23rd

    Remember Me (Find Me #2) by Romily Bernard ✤ Sept 23rd

    In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis ✤ Sept 23rd

    On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers ✤ Sept 23rd

    Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld ✤ Sept 23rd

    Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton ✤ Sept 23rd

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

  8. yainterrobang:

    GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS
    Drugs. Prostitution. Rape. Suicide. The topics are the worst fear of every would-be book banner: they’re too mature, too scary, trying to lead teenagers down the path of wrongdoing. Authors know better.

    Ellen Hopkins knows best of all.

    The New York Times bestselling author merges hard truth with lyrical prose to create stories that hit the hearts of teenagers around the world – and scaring conservative parents and librarians into restricting access to the book, challenging them and even occasionally successfully banning them from schools and libraries. Read more.

  9. corinneduyvis:

Hi Tumblr! My debut novel Otherbound is currently under $5 on Amazon Kindle. Otherbound is a YA fantasy about Nolan Santiago, a boy from our world who’s spent ten years involuntarily witnessing the life of a servant girl from another world every time he blinks—and what happens when they finally learn to communicate.
Reasons to buy:
Less than $5 for a brand-new book—it released June 2014.
Professional reviewers call Otherbound "stunning," "ingenious," "exciting," "intelligent," and praise the "subtle, nuanced examinations of power dynamics and privilege." It received no less than four starred reviews.
Show New York publishers that you support diverse books. If you’re able, vote with your wallet—these things matter.
I’m serious. My publisher has been wonderful to me. Thanks to Amulet Books, my fantasy novel exploring agency and consent, featuring queer, disabled protagonists of color is on shelves in bookstores and libraries worldwide. I’d love to keep writing books for them—and sales are a big part of that.
(I also want to keep feeding my cat.) (She’s kinda cute.)
The cover is pretty. Like, really pretty.
How often have you seen a fantasy world with Dutch elements?
Thanks for checking it out and spreading the word. You’re all pretty excellent. <3
    High Res

    corinneduyvis:

    Hi Tumblr! My debut novel Otherbound is currently under $5 on Amazon Kindle. Otherbound is a YA fantasy about Nolan Santiago, a boy from our world who’s spent ten years involuntarily witnessing the life of a servant girl from another world every time he blinks—and what happens when they finally learn to communicate.

    Reasons to buy:

    • Less than $5 for a brand-new book—it released June 2014.
    • Professional reviewers call Otherbound "stunning," "ingenious," "exciting," "intelligent," and praise the "subtle, nuanced examinations of power dynamics and privilege." It received no less than four starred reviews.
    • Show New York publishers that you support diverse books. If you’re able, vote with your wallet—these things matter.
    • I’m serious. My publisher has been wonderful to me. Thanks to Amulet Books, my fantasy novel exploring agency and consent, featuring queer, disabled protagonists of color is on shelves in bookstores and libraries worldwide. I’d love to keep writing books for them—and sales are a big part of that.
    • (I also want to keep feeding my cat.) (She’s kinda cute.)
    • The cover is pretty. Like, really pretty.
    • How often have you seen a fantasy world with Dutch elements?

    Thanks for checking it out and spreading the word. You’re all pretty excellent. <3

  10. diversityinya:

    HAVE YOU ENTERED YET? DEADLINE IS TOMORROW!

    diversityinya:

    Diversity in YA’s 2014 Back to School Giveaway

    It’s September, which means we’re back to business as usual here at DiYA and many of you are back to school! To celebrate the fall, we’re giving away these nine awesome new and upcoming diverse young adult books to three lucky winners.

    Here’s how this will work:

    1. We’ve divided these nine books into three packs of three:

    Prize Pack 1: Thriller/Science Fiction

    Prize Pack 2: Realistic Fiction

    Prize Pack 3: Nonfiction

    2. We will pick three winners to receive one prize pack each. (You can tell us which prize pack you prefer in the entry form.)

    3. Because of the cost of international shipping, we are only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.

    4. Teachers and librarians get an extra entry for free!

    5. The deadline to enter is the end of the day, Sept. 19, 2014.

    Enter here:

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    If you can’t see the entry form widget above, go here to enter.

    Thank you to Arthur A. Levine Books; Cinco Puntos; Harlequin Teen; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for generously donating copies of these books for this giveaway.