Net News: 10th December 2012

1. YALSA Book List: International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

December the 3rd was International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We’re very lucky in Children’s books that there appears to be a willingness to discuss and explore story line’s and characters with disabilities.

YALSA also followed up with ‘So You Loved Fault in our Stars’, which features a section specifically with ‘Fiction Dealing with Illness and Disability’ and provides more books for you to explore.

Do you have any more to add to YALSA’s list?

Mine would be:

Whisper by Chrissie Keighery

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

2. Wall of Books for Boys.

The readventurer blog have a great (over a 140 list) of YA they think appeal to boys. This list was sparked by the old ‘there are no books for boys’ and ‘boys are scared of libraries’ and ‘boys will not read books with pink on the cover’ debate. Well, I’d say they’ve put some of that to rest. They followed up the post with another based on the recommendations of YA authors called ‘Eight YA Authors Recommend Books for Teenage Guys.’ Aussie authors Tim Pegler and Bill Condon feature!

3. You Are Not Alone!

Fantastic post up on the Kill Your Darlings website about the Indigenous representation in Australian YA. Very interesting and thought provoking article.

When I look back on my reading experiences – as a youngen – I had the likes of Dougie and Gracie, Galax-Arena and a dreamland version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (an absolute favourite). Were Australian authors writing more diversity ten years ago? Has everything become a little too ‘for the masses’ for diversity to get a voice?

What to you think?

4. Controversy: Love in the Time of Cholera.

There was a bit of an outcry last week after an opinion piece on The Age was published. A VCE Literature teacher believes that Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez should be banned from the VCE curriculum.

There was much anger in the comments section.

The VCE exam body have, as a consequence, decided to review the book’s suitability.

5. 7 Reasons Why Adults Read YA

The Post have a quick cute article about Adults and YA.

They know that Young Adult is where the action is.


6. The Atlantic Wire: 2012 YA Edition

Great selection of YA and Middle Grade list that has winners from categories such as ‘Most Worthy of our Tears’, ‘Most Wise’ and ‘Most Swoony’ to name a few.

I have only read six on that list. I have some summer reading to do!

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