What's Up in YA

Adaptation Casting News, Teen Idols Idolized in Mass Market Books, & More YA News

Good Monday, YA Readers!

This week’s edition of “What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift of necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. Great power, however, comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.


It seems like a good week to catch up on the latest makes and takes in the YA world with a big ‘ole link round-up.


  • This post is a few months old but always relevant: a look at children’s books (with plenty of YA!) featuring badass girls.




  • One of Book Riot’s contributors, Ardo Omer, has an excellent article on Teen Vogue about Salaam Reads, an imprint at Simon & Schuster dedicated to publishing books from and about Muslim voices for children.







  • There’s been some casting news as it relates to the adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways.


  • This is an old piece but one I stumbled upon when I went down a Google rabbit hole. One of my recent favorite hobbies is wandering antique and thrift stores and looking through their book selections. I happened across a book at a local shop not too long ago about Leonardo DiCaprio, from back when he was a teen idol. I ended up curious what happened to the author of that book and what else she may have written….which led to this piece from 1998 about teen idols being forever idolized in mass market paperbacks. You’re welcome!


Have yourselves a great week and pick up a good book or two. We’ll see you back here next Monday!

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