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I didn’t round up YA news last week in the Thursday newsletter, but that didn’t mean the news stopped. It’s been a busy two weeks in the world of YA!
- The first issue of Foreshadow YA is up! Read short YA stories by Dhonielle Clayton, Samantha Mabry, and new writer Nora Elghazzawi. This literary anthology dedicated to YA is the project of authors Emily XR Pan and Nova Ren Suma and they’ve also launched their Indiegogo campaign to pay all of their writers.
- Here are this year’s Eisner winners, including great YA comics and comics for teen readers.
- There’s been casting news for the adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places.
- The Alex Rider series will be hitting television.
- The full trailer for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is out and I cannot with how great this is going to be.
- Speaking of the Jenny Han adaptation, if you wanted to throw the perfect party for watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, here are some ideas.
- Tomi Adeyemi on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon — where her book was the inaugural book club selection — is excellent indeed.
- Curious about spring 2019’s upcoming books? This guide to children’s and YA titles will get you excited.
- Marie Lu’s Legend has a new film company, meaning we might see this one hit screens in the future.
- Veronica Roth has a new book deal — for an adult book! I’m going to put together a newsletter soon of YA authors who have recently plunged into the adult fiction world, since there are a few.
- The official movie poster for The Hate U Give is [fire emoji].
- The highest honor given to a YA book by teachers, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, went to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.
- YA fiction in the UK is becoming less diverse. This shouldn’t be happening.
- The Giver is becoming a graphic novel.
- If you ever dreamed of seeing The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as a stage musical, your chance might be here soon.
- I did not know Ned Vizzini’s Be More Chill was a stage musical, and it’s apparently been wildly successful, too.
- Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds hits theaters this week. Here’s a short interview with the author about the book and the adaptation.
Impressive emoji take on Harry Potter.
This Week’s Book Mail
I will win no awards for the photo itself, but do enjoy learning more about these titles (starting at the left pile and going down).
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
You May Now Kill The Bride by RL Stine (This was totally delightful if you love campy horror AND I SO DO).
The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Caroline Mackler
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
We Regret To Inform You by Arial Kaplan
This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
The Resolutions by Mia Garcia
This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson
Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens
Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack
Seafire by Natalie Parker
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch
The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (I read this back when it came out, but the movie tie-in edition cover — despite usually being The Worst — is actually pretty great!)
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki
How We Learned To Lie by Meredith Miller
Proud: Young Reader Edition by Ibtihaj Muhammad (This’ll be my next YA read).
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, and illustrated by Agata Nowicka
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America in The 1930s by Marc Favreau (Quite good! This is a comprehensive, but totally approachable, read about the Great Depression. It does a good job of highlighting racial inequalities in a way often overlooked in the history of this time. My only quibble is that the end doesn’t then tie into recent economic recessions and how much they mirror what happened in the 30s — but perhaps that’s because it’s so easy to see right there in the text itself).
A Blast From The Past
A few posts from the Book Riot YA archives from Augusts past worth a revisit:
- 100 must-read inclusive YA science fiction and fantasy books.
- YA books for fans of Stranger Things
- Why we need more teens who are quitters in YA fiction.
- Fran Wilde’s Updraft and other YA fantasy flight books.
Thanks for hanging out & we’ll see you again next week!