There’s so much news to catch up on, YA fans!
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The world of YA is never dull, is it? Let’s run down the happenings in this little corner of the book world.
- This Time Magazine profile of Laurie Halse Anderson over her incredible 20 year career is a must-read.
- A peek at The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind adaptation.
- This year’s LA Times Book Prize finalists in YA are excellent.
- Speaking of book prizes, here’s a peek at the shortlist for the UK YA Book Prize.
- Say hello to your friends . . . The Baby-Sitters Club is coming to Netflix.
- Amy Spalding’s next book has a cover, and the book itself sounds so great.
- There’s a Disney series focused on villains in the works, and it’s based on YA books.
- Check out the Stoker Award finalists in the YA category. Looking for good horror reads? This list highlights some of the best of 2018.
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is going to be a stage production at the Steppenwolf next year. If you’re in Chicago, let’s have a YA Riot Date and see it.
- Adaptation news for The Children of Blood and Bone!
- The Marrow Thieves is getting an adaptation.
- Moxie coming to Netflix is awesome.
- Harry Potter Scrabble. Let me reiterate: Harry Potter Scrabble.
- The new Nancy Drew live action show has a lead, and she’s the daughter of YA author Lisa McMann.
- Here’s the Five Feet Apart trailer.
- Fans of Rainbow Rowell will be thrilled to see Wayward Son is hitting shelves in September.
- Has anyone been watching the Netflix adaptation of The Kissing Booth? If so, you’ll be thrilled to know that it’s been renewed.
- Last, but certainly not least, we’re getting an adaptation of Adam Silvera’s They Both Die At The End.
This is usually the part of a newsletter where I share my recent book mail, but my current book mail is in a state of chaos. Part of the reason it’s in chaos is because I’ve been spending my reading time marathoning a show on Hulu that I want to highlight.I’m positive I had Anna’s tank top in 2000. The braces, too.
If you’ve got Hulu (or a password for someone else’s), you’ve got to check out Pen15. Set in 2000, the series follows two middle school girls — one white, one half Japanese-American — as they navigate the awkwardness of growing up. It definitely hits on the nostalgia factor, but what made this stand out was that it takes on some big, heavy issues of being a middle schooler in a way that doesn’t shy away from reality. There is an episode about first menstruation, as well as an episode about the first time Maya discovers masturbation (and ultimately finds comfort from Anna about it being normal). The ups and downs of friendship, of fitting in, of living with parents who are going through a divorce, and growing up as a girl of color are all approached with humor and heart in equal measure.
Despite the setting, it rings true to what it is to be a middle schooler navigating what it is to be who you are in a world that, well, doesn’t especially encourage that if it means standing out. It’s also hilarious and cringeworthy to see the realities of middle school — Anna just towers over the boys around her.
Anna and Maya are in their early 30s, but they do a pretty solid job of appearing to be in their early teens.
Grab yourself a snack, put down your book for a bit, and snuggle in with this little gem.
Thanks for hanging out, y’all, and we’ll see you again next week to begin talking about feminism, badass girls, and Women’s History Month.