The YA Helpers Group

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100 books/authors/series to start with for YA beginners
YA for Boys
September 2013 Releases


Books by Subject/Genre:
Contemporary/Realistic Fiction: books with no fantasy/sci-fi elements at all.
Mystery
Mythology: Any book dealing with mythology of any sort.
Romance
Science Fiction:Includes books about aliens,robots, time travel, clones,and so on.
Time Travel: Any book dealing with Time Travel.
Urban Fantasy
Vampires
Werewolves
Witches
Contributing Authors

pickeringtonlibrary:

Last week, it was our Summer Fling picks for adult fiction. Today, our Young Adult Fiction Summer Fling with a Book Hive Booklist! (We know: It needs a better title. =) )

And as you can see, it took just a teensy bit longer because our readers overwhelmingly preferred YA - here’s everything we recommended for romance, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery/thriller, plus a few bonus beach reads to boot. Thank you to everyone who submitted a personality quiz - we had a fantastic summer with our summer fling readers!

And in case you missed it, we got you covered for fall books, too!  

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The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.

The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell (via silverstags)

OMG THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!

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Aw fuck yeah!

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yaflash:

The news just broke… Walter Dean Myers has passed. In his lifetime, he wrote over 100 books, served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, won too many awards and honors to list, advised and inspired kids and young writers everywhere, and impacted thousands of lives. He was a lifelong proponent of diversity in children’s literature, and just a few months ago wrote an article that once again sparked the discussion.

Rest well, sir. You will be remembered always.

Beyond this, words fail me.

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There is constantly a need for diversity within the representations. It’s just as limiting to say there’s only one kind of gay story, just as it’s limiting to say there’s only one kind of straight one. As for how much being gay is central to the character’s identity or story — as in life that totally depends on who the character is and what he or she is going through. …

I think it’s dangerous to talk about ‘Oh, that character just happens to be gay’ as some kind of goal for us and our literature. The important thing is to show as much of the spectrum as possible, and to continue to investigate it.
David Levithan in an interview with the Associated Press on the representation of LGBTQ teens in YA (via diversityinya)

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gwendabond:

1. You like good books more than you care what section of a bookstore they’re found in or maintaining some ill-defined sort of lit cred (spoiler alert: it does not really exist).

2. You’re interested in developing your own informed opinions about various genres and varieties…

Okay so there are like five books (THAT I KNOW OF) coming out in the next two months alone in YA that are about parallel universes. I also know of some more coming our way (Claudia Gray just announced one that sounds like it’s made of win). 

It’s really funny the trends that take off in YA sometimes. Not that I’m opposed this one, mind you. It’s just really funny to me. Like this year, the thing has been dystopian aliens. Now it looks like we’re moving into this. 

Call me when we get to the fantasy/sci-fi blend stage, guys. I’ll be there.

theanimationarchive:

I don’t even have to tell you why this is important or why you should support the Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow; you know why. So go do it!

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walkingnorth:

My part of an art trade with the lovely delikov
The epilogue of Champion was perfect <3

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