Net News: 26th November 2012

1.  Perks of Being a Wallflower

Released in 1999, Stephen Chbosky’s one and only novel has been sweeping the CYL office and leaving a trail of tears in its wake.  We love this book.  We also had the pleasure of seeing the film adaptation (written, produced and directed by Chbosky) and I admit to tearing up yet again.

We’ll be posting film reviews from our Inky teens on insideadog very soon which is terribly exciting.  In a week where much attention has been placed on the closing chapter of the juggernaut that is Twilight, it’s refreshing to see Perks find its audience.

2. YA Lit Symposium

If you were bummed not to attend the Symposium last month in St Louis – fear not.  A majority of the handouts and presentations from the program are available to see over at YALSA’s website.  There are extremely thorough YA booklists on offer amongst other juicy bits of information.

Topics included  transmedia, contemporary, trends, LGBTQ, using pop culture and the next generation of author visits.

To further pique your interest, I posted a list of books that were brought to my attention at the Symposium.  Some great books to add to your collection.

3. Vulnerability….guys…what?

Kelly Jensen from Stacked has just written a fantastic post on the new titles that delve into the emotional conplexity and vulnerabiity of male teen protagonists.  I don’t know about you but these titles sound fantastic,  one of which I’ve read (Trish Doller’s Something Like Normal) and recommend.

4.  YARN call out

The Young Adult Review Network (YARN), an award-winning literary journal of YA literature, is open to submissions for a YA audience in forms including:

  • original short stories,
  • poems, and
  • creative essays.

Submissions can be composed by individuals of any age – just ensure you’re writing about the young adult experience.

5. Best books of 2012

I can hear what you’re saying – it’s too early for these lists!  However, Kirkus has released a list of their picks for the best children’s titles of this year.  The teen specific list will be launched on December 10th and it shall be an interesting read.

 Update 26/11/2012 4.06pm: Publishers’ Weekly weekly have released their best of 2012 lists. Congratulations to Australian author Margo Lanagan for gracing the Best of Children’s Fiction list with The Brides of Rollrock Island (aka Sea Hearts).


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