When a YA Novel is Not

October 7th, 2011

So I’m almost done reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is, as I opined on Twitter the other night, absolutely essential reading for a nerd of my age. Simplistically, it’s about a couple of teenagers trying to solve a giant Easter Egg Hunt in a vast virtual reality game. So why isn’t it […]

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YA Lit, and Why Everyone Should Read It

July 27th, 2011

Maureen Johnson brought my attention to a great post this morning on In The Library With The Lead Pipe by Gretchen Kolderup, a YA librarian, about everything that’s great about the category, and why people should read it. It’s a long post, but well worth your time. I just wanted to pull out some of […]

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More on Parenting and Reading

July 7th, 2011

Yesterday saw two YA authors on NPR debating the issue of whether YA is too dark with the author of several essays in the Wall Street Journal that high-handedly suggested that they are. Over and over over the course of an hour and a half of these debates, I listened to people talk about how […]

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Don’t Touch That Dial!

July 6th, 2011

Unless you don’t normally listen to the radio, or listen to another station, in which case, DO touch that dial, and tune in to NPR to hear Maureen Johnson today at 11am Eastern debating “Is Young Adult Fiction Too Dark?” You can listen live online, or try to call in to have your opinion heard […]

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The Continuing Journey into Genericville

August 12th, 2010

There were some fabulous comments on Tuesday’s post about the road to Genericville, and if you haven’t gone through them, I highly recommend you take a look. But I wanted to touch on something that may have gotten lost in the discussion. Namely, that Genericville isn’t just a trap that can befall fantasy characters, despite […]

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