Sara Grochowski of Publishers Weekly interviews Jenny Han about writing YA – including questions on her forthcoming and much-anticipated Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
Rick Riordan has a new imprint with Disney-Hyperion, called Rick Riordan Presents…
The idea for the new imprint stemmed from the repeated requests Riordan gets from fans who can’t get enough of his mythology-based thrillers.
Riordan paused from his own writing to work with editorial director Stephanie Lurie in selecting manuscripts for the imprint, which has a goal of publishing stories from underrepresented cultures and viewpoints.
… And the imprint has acquired its first three titles, all middle grade adventures:
- Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, which Lee describes as “a space opera based on Korean mythology” starring a teenage fox spirit.
- Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes, in which the protagonist “must not only grapple with a family history that connects him to the Mayan gods, but with newly acquired knowledge that his ancestry may have something to do with a leg deformity that requires he use a cane.”
- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, the first book in a quartet in which “a 12-year-old Indian-American girl … unwittingly frees a demon intent on awakening the God of Destruction.”
The post also reveals the cover for Riordan’s forthcoming The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3).
Riordan answers questions about the new imprint and drops tantalizing hints about the first three books.
Sad news: acclaimed Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese died on March 10, 2017. He was 61. Look for this: Black Girl’s Magazine was created by black middle school girls aged 9 to 13 living in the Greater Toronto Area. Since they weren’t being represented by existing magazines, they created their own. The first issue was published in […]
“Rise to the occasion. Rise.” Roxanne Gay gave a keynote speech at the Winter Institute last month (January 27-30, 2017). The Children’s Literature Association has announced its unequivocal opposition to the US government’s immigration ban and endorsed the MLA statement on the 2016 disaster of a presidential election. The text can be found on the ChLA website, […]
The World Science Fiction Convention is considering an award for YA science fiction and fantasy. The Worldcon’s YA Award Committee has shortlisted possible award names, and is asking readers to vote. A short background can be found here, and the survey itself can be found here. Voting is open until March 15, 2017. Cheryl Klein […]
October is full of upsets so far. Tommy Wallach…V.E. Schwab says it better than I do. Read her post. Related to this issue but important for its own reasons, Tom Pollack wrote an incredibly heartfelt article about suicidal ideation. On to happier news, Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief series have new covers. Take a look. Also, I have […]
New and exciting in the world of children’s literature: Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief turns 20 tomorrow (October 1, 2016). Congratulations, MWT and Gen! And, with the re-release of The Queen’s Thief books 1-4 with new covers slated for February 28, 2017, could books 5 and 6 be far behind? *starry-eyed emoji* (Janet) This article is […]
New and exciting in the world of children’s and teens’s literature: This is the fifth year of *drumroll* the 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival! The festival is, to quote organizer James Kennedy, “a video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird movies that creatively tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.” […]
Author Jewell Parker Rhodes recently spoke beautifully on diversity and character-driven stories. Great music video promoting paper over digital books for The Book Man in Chilliwack. “I’m all about them books, no Kindle” http://youtu.be/Zz4tjFG2W98 An artist takes on the challenge of removing stigma by visually presenting the challenges of mental illness by creating 1 drawing […]
An interesting post (part three of a series) considering what we know and know we know, what we know without realizing, what we know we don’t know, and what we don’t know we don’t know. Alias thought-provoking look at cultural sensitivity and diversity in response to Malinda Lo’s posts on YA novel reviewing. Nina Lindsay’s […]
News worth noting! A thoughtful article on a new program that encourages parents to talk to their young children, based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Quoted below is a responsive letter to the editor, published in The New Yorker on February 2, 2015: Margaret Talbot’s article contains much of the current thinking about immersing babies […]