1. stephaniekuehn:

bookriot:

What are the standout 2014 titles so far? Here’s a look at the huge, diverse list of books we think are knock-outs.

Love seeing Complicit on here. Thank you.
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    stephaniekuehn:

    bookriot:

    What are the standout 2014 titles so far? Here’s a look at the huge, diverse list of books we think are knock-outs.

    Love seeing Complicit on here. Thank you.

  2. Corinne Duyvis and s.e. smith interview Shaunta Grimes + two-book giveaway! | Disability in Kidlit

    corinneduyvis:

    disabilityinkidlit:

    s.e.: Since Viral Nation has a strong science fiction aspect, what are your thoughts on the erasure of disability from science fiction and the absence of disability in all but dystopian visions of ‘the future’?

    Shaunta: When I was writing Viral Nation, I thought a lot about demographics. If almost everyone was gone from a non-discriminating global catastrophe, who would be left? I thought about how statisticians can extrapolate a slice of society into a pretty good approximation of the whole, and realized it would kind of work backwards from that. That slice would be all that was left.

    Since my book is set in Reno, and the people who live in Reno are the people left alive in the state of Nevada, I looked at the demographics for the state and tried to make the people in the book representative of the people I thought would be left after the Virus. That included people on the autism spectrum.

    I love science fiction, but I don’t want to live in a world devoid of diversity.” [read more]

    In honor of Disability in Kidlit's one-year anniversary, you have a chance to win copies of Shaunta Grimes's Viral Nation and its sequel Rebel Nation! Simply leave a comment on the WordPress post or reblog this Tumblr post. (Yes, doing both increases your chances!) In one week, we’ll select a single winner from one of these locations to win both books. This giveaway is limited to US addresses.

    Are you familiar with Disability in Kidlit? If not, you should be. I run this site with two friends, and this July we’re celebrating our anniversary in the form of cool extra features and a ton of giveaways. Entering is super simple: reblog and/or comment. THAT’S IT.

    And if you’re an author or otherwise interested in disability representation, take a peek at the rest of the site, too. We’re pretty nifty, if I may say so.

  3. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" Removed From Delaware Summer Reading List

    diversityinya:

    By Malinda Lo

    In 2012, I was invited by NPR to review an about-to-be-published young adult novel titled The Miseducation of Cameron Post by debut authoremily m. danforth. I was a little nervous about it because I don’t like to criticize about my colleagues’ novels in public. But I didn’t need to worry — Cameron Post blew me away. It was the coming-of-age, coming-out novel that spoke to me in in such a deeply personal way that it felt like it was written for me.

    Maybe that’s why I was so ticked off to hear thatCameron Post was recently removed from a summer reading list in Delaware due to parental complaints about its explicit language. Cameron Post is a complex, multilayered, award-winning novel that cannot by any means be reduced down to the number of times the word fuck in used in its 470 pages. And yet that is what has happened.

    [Continue reading the full story at Diversity in YA]

    (via malindalo)

  4. macteenbooks:

It’s here! The cover of SKANDAL, the sequel to Lindsay Smith’s Cold War thriller SEKRET! 

    macteenbooks:

    It’s here! The cover of SKANDAL, the sequel to Lindsay Smith’s Cold War thriller SEKRET! 

  5. paperbackd:

    Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (06/07 - 12/07)

    The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson ✤ July 8th

    Earthquake (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike ✤ July 8th

    The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno ✤ July 8th

    Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl ✤ July 8th

    Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth ✤ July 8th

    The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse ✤ July 8th

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

  6. So I just found out Bruce Coville is bisexual!!!

    bisexual-books:

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    So I was reading The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves and I came across an essay by Bruce Coville where he says: 

    "I mean, seriously, you already know you don’t quite fit in.  You’re just not aware, yet, how fully that is true.  So, let’s get it on the table: You’re bisexual.  Not straight.  Not gay.  Bisexual.  

    The essay goes on to talk about biphobia, passing as straight, the pressure to ‘pick a side’, and “when it comes to love you will never discriminate on the basis of gender!”

    This is so exciting to me because I LOVED Bruce Coville books as a kid.  I don’t know if anyone else in the early 90’s got My Teacher Is An Alien from the scholastic booksale at school but I probably read that book 20 times.  I loved that the aliens were not really the bad guys in the end; they wanted to help humanity and save it from the real bad guys.  It was a twist that as a 9 year old I didn’t see coming and I delighted reading it over and over again.   He made the aliens, well, less alien and even as an adult, his books made me love middle grade novels that encourage empathy and understanding in their readers.  

    - Sarah

  7. How to Get LGBT Romance Books into Libraries

    harmonyinkpress:

    This applies to LGBT YA too. Or any other genre, really.

    (via bisexual-books)

  8. hccfrenzy:

For those of you looking for great books to read this summer, here are some of our recommendations! 
Panic / The One / Side Effects May Vary / Dorothy Must Die / Tease / How to Meet Boys / Exile / Great / The Last Best Kiss / Don’t Call Me Baby / Say What You Will / Royally Lost / Free to Fall / Life By Committee / The Secrets of Lily Graves / The Art of Lainey / Guy in Real Life / The Vanishing Season / On the Fence / The Things You Kiss Goodbye / Fan Art / Wicked Games / Don’t You Forget About Me 
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  9. weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, try Monster by Walter Dean Myers because both are about boys caught in, and incriminated by, circumstances beyond their control.
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    #WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, try Monster by Walter Dean Myers because both are about boys caught in, and incriminated by, circumstances beyond their control.

  10. sydriansmadness:

     June 2014 Book Haul