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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Booklist

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:00

April is sexual assault awareness month.  As some of your teens may have been a victim of sexual assault or knows someone who has, the following list may offer some assistance to help them cope.

In this reimagination of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are school mates in a Connecticut boarding school.  When a popular boy is found dead, Charlotte has been blamed and enlists the assistance of Jamie to clear her name.

Breezy is an MIT bound student when she wakes up dead in a grave.  As Breezy travels the country, as the walking dead, she’s determined to find her killer. During her journey Breezy encounters some interesting characters including: a preacher, a banshee, and cast of colorful monsters.

Hermione is at her last year at cheer camp and she’s vowed to make this the best year ever.  When she wakes up and is told she was sexually assaulted, she then vows to not be a victim.

No one would describe Emma as likable.  She wears revealing dresses and flirts with other people’s boyfriends.  When a video of her sexual assault surfaces on social media, Emma’s friends and family become unsupportive and blames her for ruining those good boy’s lives.

Michelle has a rough home life and decides to run away to New York.  She’s scared and doesn’t know anyone but when a nice handsome boy offers to help, Michelle finds herself in the middle of a sex trafficking house.

Andrew knows it’s a matter of time before he leaves this world to become a werewolf but his friends at his boarding school don’t believe him.  The new girl at school wants to believe him but terrible events from Andrews past surface and it’s a race to get him help before he does something drastic.

Aidan’s has turned to Adderall and his priest to help him cope with his home life.  When his priest’s attention becomes inappropriate, Aidan reaches out to the girl he loves and his friends only to find out he may not be alone.

Quincy and Biddy have special needs but want to be independent.  While Biddy is an introvert, Quincy is an extrovert and when Quincy is assaulted the two women must band together.

-Dawn Abron is currently reading, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Vurtue

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Reading Without Walls Challenge

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:00

Graphic novelist, Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature mission during his term has been to encourage readers to read more diversely with his Reading Without Walls Challenge.  It is a simple challenge that asks readers to do one of these three things:

For the month April, there is a nationwide push to have every reader participate.

The YALSA Hub has long supported creating a habit of reading diversely. Here is a roundup of recent booklists that supports each of Yang’s three areas.

Hub blogger Dawn Abron’s ongoing series Diversify YA Life has had many great posts. For new authors, be sure to see her lists of Diverse Debuts of 2017 and Diverse Debuts 2016.

Also check out these posts:

Also check out our recent booklist on The Refugee Experience for Teens, as well as the following recent booklists with LGBTQ+ characters:

Don’t miss more award winning books from The Schneider Family Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Stonewall Book Awards lists.

We have covered a variety of topics from social justice to science, and created booklists to go along with them. Here are a few from the past couple of years:

SOCIAL JUSTICE

SCIENCE

We also have some resource on the following subjects:

For other great titles on a variety of subjects, be sure to look at the award winning books from YALSA’s Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award.

We love promoting the other formats that Yang is encouraging. Here are some lists to help with challenge area three.

GRAPHIC NOVELS

For many fantastic lists with graphic novels and comics, be sure not to miss Hub blogger Carli Spina’s ongoing series Women in Comics. Also be sure to check out our many other lists as well as the vetted lists from YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels.

AUDIOBOOKS

Along with the vetted lists from YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults we have a few lists of own. Check out these lists:

POETRY and BOOKS IN VERSE

We have many lists of books in verse to support this challenge. Check out some of these:

OTHER

Other formats to consider for this part of the challenge is a book in translation, check out some new 2017 titles with our Translated YA Titles for the New Year. Also, check out our posts that involve books aimed at younger readers with these posts:

Challenge yourself, challenge others, read with windows not walls.

–Danielle Jones, currently reading A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

 

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Women in Comics: A Spark Of Creativity

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 07:00

Creativity can mean many different things in different contexts. While artists usually spring to mind as the most obvious examples of those who engage in creativity, they are certainly not the only people for whom creativity is central. This list includes several graphic novels about artists but also a biography of Einstein and a book about the creative process generally. Hopefully this list will help inspire readers to jump start their own creativity.

Creativity in Progress Amanda Hirsch. CC By 2.0

Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography by Sabrina Jones – Though her name may no longer be familiar to everyone, Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary figure in the dance world during her lifetime. In this biography, Jones captures Duncan’s philosophy of dance and manages to use her illustrations to convey the type of motion and movement that Duncan pioneered in the art world. She also dives into the controversy that Duncan’s personal life and political activities caused during a period when women were not often thought of as powerful figures in their own right. This book is sure to fascinate those with an interest in both dance and the strong women of history.

Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo by Sandrine Revel – Famed as a pianist of unbelievable talent from a very early age, Glenn Gould is not only a musical and creative genius, but also a perplexing figure. In this biography, Revel, who is herself a famed artist albeit in a very different genre, explores Gould’s life, including not only his artistic career but also his choice to suddenly end his career and disappear from the public eye. This is an enlightening look at a talented but conflicted musician.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas by Pénélope Bagieu – Whether you are a fan of folk music or not, you are sure to find something of interest in this biography of Cass Elliot, one of the leads of The Mamas & The Papas. From her early career searching for work on broadway to the height of her fame with the group, readers will get a glimpse into Elliot’s life, ambitions, and talent. Clearly she was a creative powerhouse, but more than this, she was a woman intent on living her own vision of success.

Vincent by Barbara Stok – This biography of Vincent van Gogh focuses on his time in Southern France and his struggles with mental illness. Illustrated in bold colors with a simple style, this book not only brings van Gogh alive for readers, but also gives a clear view of his relationships. In particular, Stok highlights van Gogh’s relationship with his brother Theo. The love and support between the brothers comes through clearly and gives readers a window into van Gogh’s life outside of art. This is a great book for both fans of van Gogh’s work and those who are not very familiar with his story.

Einstein by Corinne Maier with art by Anne Simon – Creativity can and often does extend beyond the arts. Rarely is this more clear than in the case of Albert Einstein’s, whose creativity combined with his intellect to allow him to take science in whole new directions. This novel blends fun artwork with details of Einstein’s biography to bring his life and his work alive. Though many will know the basic outline of his life, this book highlights some lesser known details and doesn’t gloss over even some of the more negative elements of his story. It is a great read that will be interesting and relatable for both science enthusiasts and those who generally avoid the topic.

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry – Last year Lynda Barry was inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of comics, but this work is a bit different from many of her others. Instead of story, this volume is a collection of writing exercises, notes, creativity advice, and other items that Barry collected and put together while creating and refining her utterly unique workshop called Writing The Unthinkable. This book will make you think about art, writing, and creativity. This is a great read, particularly for those not lucky enough to take Barry’s workshop.

Do you know any other comics about creativity and the creative process? Let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Monday Poll: April 2017 – 1999 Was An Awesome Year for YA

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 07:00

Happy Spring, Hub readers!

Last month, we got nostalgic about our most-loved YA fantasy from the 90s. In a result that should surprise no one, the opening volume of Harry Potter was the winner, with 34% of results. Runner-up with 26% was Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief, so we’ve got a lot readers (myself included!) eager for the May release of the 5th book set in The Thief‘s world, Thick as Thieves. Fully 21% of you called foul on the feasibility of accurately listing and/or choosing actual favorites from the decade of YA fantasy that helped to provide the fertile ground from which grows the vivid genre (and genre-bending) work we enjoy in today’s YA. The next 3 results were quite close, with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at 7%, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy at 6%, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust at 5%. 2% of us chose Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derlock. 

In the course of digging up 90s fantasy titles last month, I discovered that 1999 was a seriously *stellar* year in YA, giving us a bunch of standout titles still celebrated today. So we’re keeping the 90s theme going, and this time just focusing on this incredible list of books that ALL came out (in North America) in 1999. As always, let me know in the comments if there are titles I’ve missed!

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— Carly Pansulla, currently reading We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino

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2017 Hub Reading Challenge March Check-in

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 07:00

Hello everyone, how is your Hub Challenge going?

I am curious to hear how everyone approaches the Challenge. Personally, I start off with good intentions like say, reading through all of the Printz books I haven’t read yet but then get distracted by other books. Look! There’s that comic I’ve been meaning to read! Or, Ooh, I need a new audiobook for my drive home.

I’m easily distracted.

Even though I tend to jump around with my lists and books, I often find that I notice different aspects of the books and pair them together in my mind. In this year’s reading I started to notice a pattern: so many of the books that I really loved focused on female friendships. This is maybe not groundbreaking territory for YA books as friendship is so often a huge part of teens’ lives, but some of the ways in which friendship and the intense bonds between girls stood out to me.

Some of these friendships were of the awesome, ride-or-die, girl gang variety. I love a girl gang so the Paper Girls (Great Graphic Novels) and Giant Days (Great Graphic Novels)comics are great. Even if the titular Paper Girls aren’t the closets of friends, I love that they band together in the face of some seriously weird happenings in Cleveland. Cliff Chiang’s moody art doesn’t hurt either nor the “Stranger Things”-vibe. Side note: I loved “Stranger Things” but can we remake it starring the Paper Girls instead? Also, the hilarious ups and downs of the college lives of Esther, Daisy, and Susan remind me that no matter happens the most important thing is to have your friends by your side.

Other than delightful girl gang escapades, another theme I noticed in my reading was that of the unlikely friendship. Whether it’s between hard, vengeful Alex and social Peekay in The Female of the Species (Best Fiction); worldly Botille and pious Dolssa in The Passion of Dolssa (Printz, Best Fiction); or even shy Katie and her glamorous grandmother Mary in Unbecoming (Stonewall), I loved all these surprising pairs. In all these books one girl or the other sticks their neck for her friend, fighting for her safety. It’s a really nice reminder to all those who think that teen girl-dom is all about cattiness and Mean Girls-style sass that it’s also about being there for your friends.

I know that’s not all of the books in the Hub Challenge that may focus on female friendship but those are some of my favorites. Any suggestions for where I should go from here to find more great lady reads?

Let us know how you are doing with the Challenge and don’t forget about the sortable spreadsheet! Here are the guidelines in case you don’t remember:

  • Format matters: a title that has been recognized for both the print version and the audiobook version can be both read and listened to and count as two books, but a book that has won multiple awards or appears on multiple lists in the same format only counts as one title.
  • Books must be read/listened to (both begun and finished) since the award winners and selected lists have been released and 11:59pm EST on June 22. If you’ve already read/listened to a title, you must re-read/listen to it for it to count.
  • Just about everyone who doesn’t work for ALA is eligible to participate. Non-ALA/YALSA members are eligible. Teens are eligible. Non-US residents/citizens are eligible. (More eligibility questions? Leave a comment or email us.)
  • Once you finish the challenge, we’ll contact you with details about creating and publishing your response.
  • If you have finished the challenge, let us know here!  The grand prize winner will be selected by 11:59pm EST on June 23. The winner will be notified via email.

— Anna Tschetter, Hub Advisory Board

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Teens in Outer Space

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 07:00

In February, NASA scientist discover seven Earth like planets out in space.  Although these planets are 40 light years or hundreds of thousands of years away, that doesn’t stop us from wondering if there’s other life out there.  Luckily, there are authors who have wondered the same thing and you can check out their space stories below.

Nemesis is a diabolic-a killing machine.  When her master and friend is summoned to become a hostage for political gains, Nemesis protects her the only way she knows how-she must become her.

Akos, son of an oracle, lives on the farthest planet from the son-Thuvhe. His life along with many others is fated yet, he doesn’t know his fate until all the fates are announced space-wide. Now that all the fates have been revealed, all the fated including Akos and his family are in danger.  Cyra is the youngest daughter of the Shotet’s elite family. The Shotets live on Thuvhe but are at war with Akos’ people. Cyra’s family will stop at nothing to rule their planet including kidnapping and killing to change their fates.

Cinder is a cyborg and was raised by her adopted family after a crash killed her parents.  After her father dies, Cinder’s evil stepmother sells her to the government for testing to find a cure of a deadly virus.  When Cinder realizes she is immune to the virus she also learns that others may not want to use her to save her people.

Ender is special and when the government begins to notice, he is recruited to lead a team of teenagers to fight the enemy in outer space.

Darrow is a red and a member of the lowest class.  He and the other Reds believe their hard work hard is for a better planet for their kids but when Darrow finds out he’s basically a slave for the richest class, he infiltrates their Institute to find answers.

Zen likes trains especially the rails in his alternate universe in space.  When a mysterious man named The Raven pays Zen to steal a box from the train of the emperor, Zen isn’t sure if The Raven is evil or if it’s the government that’s evil.

Kady and Evan happen to be living on a planet that’s just been invaded by two megacorporations.  As they try to flee on an evacuation ship, they are faced with a new problem-a deadly virus.

Rhee is an empress who will do almost anything to claim the throne and Aly is a rising star of his planet that has been accused of killing Rhee. What happens when their two planets collide?

When a spaceliner crashes leaving two survivors, Lilac who comes from money and Tarver who comes from nothing. They must join forces to find life.

— Dawn Abron,  currently reading A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

 

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Booklist: The Refugee Experience for Teens

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 07:00

The refugee experience is on a lot of teens minds these days. Many teens want to better understand the hardships that refugees face, and what leads to someone needing to flee their home. Here is a list of books for teens that explore a variety of conflicts, and the harrowing journeys that many have faced in hopes of a safer and more stable life.

Young Adult Fiction about the Refugee Experience

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

When she was a young child, Tina fled with her mother to Sangui City, Kenya from Congo. Now in her teens, five years after her mother’s murder, Tina is determined to get revenge on her mother’s murderer. With her friend Boyboy, and her former best friend, Michael, who is also son of the man she believes is her mother’s murderer, the three sneak back into Congo looking for answers around her mother’s death only to find so much more.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2017 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults)

Based on true events, this World War II novel set in East Prussia during the winter of 1945 follows the plight of refugees as Germany tries to evacuate soldiers and civilians. Four teens, from different backgrounds, and each with a dark secret, connect as they vie for passage on the ship, the Willhelm Gustloff, being used to evacuate the refugees.

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

After the local gang kills his beloved cousin, Jaime and his cousin Ángela are targeted as the next recruits. Their families quickly put together the funds to send them north to try to make a crossing to the United States where Jaime’s older brother is living. The two endure multiple hardships as they attempt to make it north.

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

Based on true events in Chile during the 1970s, Celeste is sent to America after Chile, is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government. There she worries over her parents who have disappeared into hiding, and tries to adapt to her new life while still worrying about and missing her old.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish (2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners)

This free-verse novel follows Viola a Sudanese refugee’s journey from her home in ravaged Sudan to Cairo and finally to the Sudanese community in Maine. She is forever haunted by harrowing  memories of she’s lost as she tries to build a new life.

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

After Deo’s Zimbabwe village is ravaged by soldiers, he must flee with his older brother, Innocent, who is mentally disabled. With no shoes and very little money, the two set out on a journey where they face constant prejudice against refugees and a lion while crossing through a nature preserve, they end up in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa where they face more brutal xenophobia. Deo is then invited to join the soccer team that will represent South Africa in the Street Soccer World Cup.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Based on a true story about Sudanese civil war, follows both young Salva, who becomes separated from his family after his village is attacked  in 1985. Salva’s faces a harrowing journey walking across the southern region of Sudan to Kenya, as he and other refugees face hunger,  attacks by soldiers,  lions, and violent marauders. Chapters are prefaced by young Nya, who collects water for her Sudanese village in 2008.

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Set in the early 1990s in the war-torn Republic of Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Seven-year-old Koumaïl and his guardian, Gloria, flee violent unrest and begin a five-year arduous journey across the Caucasus toward France. In moments of despair, storytelling revive their passion for survival as they weather hardships and welcome unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Set during the war in Kosovo during the 1990s this follows Meli, an Albanian Muslim girl, and her family as they flee the violence escalating in their small town. They embark on a terrible two year journey from their uncle’s farm to a crowded refugee camp where they denied permission to cross the border until they are finally sponsored church bringing them to the U.S.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The sense of displacement and awe are explored of what it feels like to be an immigrant in a new world in this wordless graphic novel.

The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

After their mother is shot and killed by assassins’ bullets meant for their outspoken journalist father, Sade Solaja and younger brother, Femi, are hastily smuggled out of Nigeria and taken to London and abandoned after their uncle fails to meet them at the airport. Sade and Femi must try and find their own way around a confusing and unknown city.

Blue Gold by Elizabeth Stewart

Told through three different points of view, this explores the human costs of technology with coltan, or  rather “blue gold,” a rare mineral used in making cell phones and computers. One of these voices is Sylvie is a Congolese refugee living in Tanzania.

Young Adult Nonfiction on The Refugee Experience

This Land is Our Land by Linda Barrett Osborne (2017 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist)

Explores the evolution and history of governmental policy around immigration and how it is often driven by popular responses to feelings on race and ethnicity, economic conditions, and fear of foreign political concerns.

An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar by Reinhard Kleist

After Samia Yusuf Omar competed in running at the 2008 Beijing Olympics representing Somalia, she was determined to compete again at the 2012 London games. When the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab harassed and threatened to kill her, she fled through Sudan and into Libya to find a safer place to train only to meet a fateful end attempting to reach Europe.

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis

Through interviews with displaced Iraqi kids and teens between the ages 8 and 19 they discuss how the Iraq war has affected their lives.

Danielle Jones, currently reading See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

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Going Global: Resources for International YA Literature

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:20

Start with the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) (the U.S. chapter of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People) Outstanding International Books List, an annual list of about 40 translations and English-language imports for readers K-12. Every year the annotated list appears in the February issue of School Library Journal. The USBBY Outstanding International Books award page links to the SLJ list and also includes a printable bookmark and a very cool Google map showing where the books are set.

You may have heard of these two novels from the 2017 list that have received a lot of buzz: Socorro Acioli’s The Head of the Saint (Delacorte), from Brazil, translated by Daniel Hahn; and The Lie Tree (Amulet Books/Abrams), from UK author Frances Hardinge. But chances are, you have yet to discover Jesper Wung-Sung’s novel The Last Execution (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum), translated from the Danish by Lindy Falk van Rooyen and based on the true story of the execution of a teenager in Denmark. Or Anna Woltz’s A Hundred Hours of Night (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. This is one of those fascinating books that reflects our own country back to us through outsider eyes – in this case, the eyes of a 15-year-old Dutch runaway trapped in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.

Batchelder and Marsh Awards for Translated Books

The Mildred A. Batchelder Award is the U.S. award that recognizes a publisher for the best children’s translation of the year. Very often Batchelder winner and honor chapter books are perfect for tweens and teens, but sometimes the picture books are appropriate for older readers, too. The 2017 Batchelder winner, Cry, Heart, But Never Break (Enchanted Lion Books; written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, and translated from the Danish by Robert Moulthrop) is a good example. The strangely comforting figure of Death tells four children whose grandmother is terminally ill an allegorical story to ease their pain. This poignant and nuanced book provides a great prompt for a teen discussion about life, death, and storytelling.

Translation awards from other countries can also turn up gems. In the U.K., this year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation was awarded to Helen Wang for her translation of Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, first published by Walker in the U.K. and scheduled for release by Candlewick in the U.S. on March 14. Perfect for tweens, it is the first of this celebrated Chinese author’s books to be translated into English.

Bookbird and the Hans Christian Andersen Awards

With country, genre, and subject theme issues, Bookbird, the quarterly journal of IBBY, is an excellent place to find out about books from other countries. Watch especially for their Hans Christian Andersen Awards issues. Administered by IBBY, the biennial Andersen Awards, commonly called “the little Nobel,” recognize an author and illustrator who have made a lasting contribution to international children’s literature.  

The latest Andersen issue (Vol. 54.4) features articles about the Hans Christian Andersen Award winners and finalists for 2016, while Volume 54.2 featured one-page profiles of the 28 authors and 29 illustrators nominated for the award by IBBY sections around the world. For example, you will learn about the above-mentioned author Cao Wenxuan, the first Andersen winner from China.

USBBY Bridges to Understanding Annotated Bibliographies

Don’t miss the Bridges to Understanding series of annotated bibliographies, a five-volume reference set sponsored by USBBY and published byScarecrow/Rowman & Littlefield.

The most recent is Reading the World’s Stories (2016), edited by myself, Theo Heras, and Susan Corapi, which includes titles published 2010-2014. This project was accomplished over five years with the help of 40 annotators and input from many U.S. and international colleagues. Background essays and listings ofawards, organizations, research collections, and firms that publish global books supplement the geographically organized bibliography. Just for fun, go to a country you know little about and scan the page until you see an entry with a YA reading level. Or look up “Young Adult” in the subject index and randomly choose one of the page numbers. All of the books are recommended, and many have won awards in their home countries, so you are in for a reading adventure!

Don’t forget the Printz…and the Inkys!

Unlike ALSC’s best-known awards, the Newbery and Caldecott, YALSA’s book awards are open to books first published outside of the U.S.. It’s not unusual for Printz winners and honor books to be from Australia (Melina Marchetta, Markus Zusak, Margo Lanagan), Canada (Kenneth Oppel, Allan Stratton, Beverley Brenna), the U.K. (Marcus Sedgwick, David Almond), and on occasion, Ireland (Louise O’Neill) and continental Europe (Janne Teller).

A number of national awards in other countries also embrace books from around the world. Check out the Australian Inky Awards, run by the State Library of Victoria, a teen reader’s choice award. There are two Inky Awards: the Gold Inky for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky for an international book. The 2017 longlist for the Gold Inky includes Zana Fraillon’s The Bone Sparrow (Disney-Hyperion), a lyrical novel set in a grim Australian refugee detention center, and Nevernight (Thomas Dunne Books) by Jay Kristoff, the first in a new fantasy series.

Keeping Up

One way to keep up with international books is through USBBY.  Their next conference, with the theme “Radical Change Beyond Borders: The Transforming Power of Children’s Literature in the Digital Age,” will be hosted by the University of Washington Information School in Seattle, October 20-22, 2017. You can also follow GLLI on Twitter, like our new Facebook page, and check the resources on our website. And watch for more GLLI roundups of forthcoming international YA here on The Hub to keep up-to-date on what’s new in international YA!

 

This guest post was contributed by Annette Y. Goldsmith, a Los Angeles-based Lecturer for the University of Washington Information School, as part of GLLI @ the Hub!

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Booklist: Read-a-Likes for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 07:00

Nicola Yoon’s debut novel Everything, Everything took the book world by storm when it was published in 2015. This May readers will get to see this much loved story come to life on the big screen when the film adaptation starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson hits theaters. In the meantime this booklist has everything, everything you might want to read if you are a fan waiting for the movie to come out.

If You Want a Book Where a Character is More Than Their Illness:

  1. The Memory Book by Lara Avery: Sammie doesn’t believe that one diagnosis can change her entire life. She starts writing down her memories big and small as her degenerative illness, Niemann-Pick Type C, begins to take its toll on her memories and her health.
  2. Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts: Zac and Mia would never be friends friends in the real world. But different rules apply when you’re in a hospital.
  3. Before I Die by Jenny Downham (2008 Best Books for Young Adults, 2015 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults): Tessa knows she is dying. Instead of waiting to disappear without a trace, Tessa decides to complete her “before I die” list in the precious weeks she has left.
  4. Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt: When disaster strikes, Penelope is thrust into a world of secrets and betrayals she is ill-equipped to understand. As she struggles to make sense of her shattered past and shape her own future she’ll also learn that life isn’t always a fairy tale. Sometimes you have to make your own happy ending.

If You Want a Book That Goes the Distance (Literally):

  1. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid: When Leila arrives right when she’s needed most in her ridiculously red car she changes the lives of Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia forever. But it will take a 4,268 mile road trip for Leila to realize what she needs herself.
  2. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti: Brooke moved to New York City for Scott Abrams. Will she wind up staying for herself?
  3. In Real Life by Jessica Love: Hannah thinks the Nick she’s known online can’t be that different from Nick in real life. But she only has one night in Vegas to figure that out and decide if she’s ready to risk her heart trying to make their friendship into something more.
  4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults): Anna and Etienne have a lot of near-misses and close calls that bring their friendship to the verge of being something more. Even while Etienne is very much still taken. But anything seems possible in the City of Lights. Maybe Anna and Etienne really are meant to be, maybe Anna will even learn some French.
If You Want a Book With a Sweet Romance:

  1. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults): Quinn doesn’t know how to deal with his sister’s death but his best friend insists that it’s time for Quinn to rejoin the living. One haircut later Quinn meets a hot guy at his first college parts and starts to think the movie version of his life might have a happy ending after all.
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (2015 Teens’ Top Ten): No one was ever supposed to see Lara Jean’s love letters except for Lara Jean. They were never meant for anyone else. With all of her feelings laid bare for these five boys, Lara Jean isn’t sure how to go back to the girl she used to be before the letters were delivered.
  3. I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil: When Bea loses her boyfriend to quirky new girl Toile, she decides to use her mathematically proven Formula for social happiness in high school to reinvent herself as eccentric and adorable “Trixie”.
  4. American Street by Ibi Zoboi:Fabiola Toussaint and her mother arrive in the United States eager to join Fabiola’s aunt and cousins. But her mother is detained by ICE at a facility in New Jersey and Fabiola arrives alone. Fabiola finds new friends and first love, but she also learns that nothing in America is what she imagined back home in Haiti–not even her new home at the corner of American Street and Joy Road.
If You Want a Book That Has Some Unexpected Moments:

  1. Something Real by Heather Demetrios (2015 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers): When their family’s reality show is cancelled Bonnie™ Baker hopes that she and her twelve siblings can start living a normal life. Then her mother announces that Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air and Bonnie™ will have to take drastic measures if she wants to protect the normal life she’s started to treasure.
  2. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults): What happens when a boy who works at a funeral home meets a girl who never cries?
  3. My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul: When Hank’s promposal attempt ends with a fiery lawn, budding pyromaniac Peyton Breedlove blackmails him into friendship.
  4. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers): Solomon hasn’t left his house in three years. Lisa, with help from her boyfriend Clark, decides to fix Sol and his agoraphobia. And write a scholarship-winning essay about it. But it turns out psychology isn’t so straightforward when love and friendship come into the mix.

— Emma Carbone, currently reading The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

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Women in Comics: Mysteries

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 07:00

A truly great mystery that can keep you guessing until the last page is tough to create but very satisfying to read. While this genre isn’t particularly common in recent comics, there are some great examples of mystery stories and a biography of one of the most famous authors in this genre that will appeal to mystery fans who also love comics.

Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti and Guillaume Lebeau with art by Alexandre Franc – In addition to writing a long list of famous mystery novels, Agatha Christie led a fascinating life that involved world travel, a stint as a wartime nurse, and multiple archeological trips. This graphic novel tells the story of her life with her most famous creation, Hercule Poirot, popping in several times to provide commentary on her choices and life events. This is a great read for those interested in an introduction to Christie’s life, though at some points the book jumps through time in an abrupt manner that leaves the reader wanting more. The book includes a timeline of Christie’s life and a bibliography of her books.

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson with art by Brittney Williams – Goldie Vance is a teen detective who is ready to join the ranks of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as a classic of the mystery genre. Goldie lives at a fancy Florida resort managed by her father, where she is determined to become the resident detective. To achieve her goal she helps the resort’s current detective, whether he wants her help or not. In this first volume, that means uncovering a plot of massive proportions and running down the solutions no matter how many problems that might cause. Fans of mystery stories will adore this new series, which combines a truly compelling investigation with colorful artwork that brings these new characters to life.

Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson with art by Brianne Drouhard – This new all-ages comic is a great option for both young readers who are just starting to read mysteries and long-time mystery enthusiasts. In it, Princess Maxine is a young girl who is about to receive her special gift of princessly powers from her fairy godmother on her tenth birthday. Unfortunately, she’d really rather be a detective than a princess. But, when her younger brother is kidnapped, she has a chance to try out her investigative power for real. This fun series from BOOM! Studios, the same publisher that brought us Goldie Vance, is sure to be a hit.

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston-Flores with illustrations by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell – Two of the most popular all-ages titles from the last several years are Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy, so it is no surprise that fans were excited when a crossover title was announced. While either of these comics could have made this list of mystery comics on their own, this team-up mystery makes an even more perfect addition to the pantheon of recent mystery comics. In this story, the characters from each of the series are looking for missing people. In the case of the Gotham Academy crew, their search for a missing teacher leads them to the woods where they run into the Lumberjanes who are looking for their Camp Director. This book will appeal to existing fans of Lumberjanes or Gotham Academy, but can also serve as a great introduction to these characters for new readers. Overall, it is a perfect read for any mystery fan!

Bandette Vol. 3: The House of the Green Mask by Paul Tobin with art by Colleen Coover – With its focus on a fun young thief and her exploits, any volume of Bandette could probably be included in a list of mystery comics, but the latest volume is particularly perfect since it follows Bandette on the search for a mystery location that has become the stuff of legends. Packed with the typical humor and visual appeal of this series, this volume adds in the hunt for the House of the Green Mask and Bandette’s quest for revenge. There is a reason this series has won an Eisner and this volume is a great point of entry for new readers as well as a wonderful continuation for existing fans.

Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda – While this may not be a traditional investigation, Monstress nonetheless has a mystery at its center throughout the first volume. Set in a world where humans exist side-by-side with mystical creatures, this is a gorgeous, brutal, and complex story of the aftermath of war and trauma. The story follows Maika, an Arcanic, as she allows herself to be captured by the humans in an attempt to solve the mysteries left by her mother while saving the other prisoners. Along the way, she must determine who to believe and how to open up and trust others to achieve her goals. The art deco-style art provides a breathtaking and fantastical backdrop for this tale that weaves together diverse elements of myth and fantasy. This book is definitely one for older readers given the intensity of the story and the art, but for those readers it is likely to become an immediate favorite.

If you are fan of mysteries, hopefully this list will help you to find a new favorite, but if I’ve missed any of your existing favorites, be sure to let me know in the comments!

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Monthly Monday Poll: March – Favorite 90s Fantasy

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 07:00

Happy Monday, Hub readers.

Last month, we asked about circulation of books with screen adaptations currently or imminently available for viewing. Leading the pack by a substantial margin with 51% of the vote was Hidden Figures. Next was Wonder with 15% (the movie’s release date was actually just pushed back to Summer 2017, so we’ll be waiting a little longer on that), then the The Handmaid’s Tale at 12%, 13 Reasons Why with 9%, Before I Fall with 7%, a scant 1% for Riverdale/Archie comics, and no circulation boost to speak of for The Circle (I guess Emma Watson’s probably doing enough for book circs playing Belle this month…).

This month, in honor of the recent (utterly delightful) news that Philip Pullman is publishing a new Book of Dust trilogy, we’re looking back to some beloved 90’s YA fantasy gems. Since the term YA has evolved quite a bit in the past three decades, some of the series I included could be/have been considered Children’s, and some serious classics were published in the late 80s and so had to be left off (cough, Sandman, Howl’s Moving Castle, cough). As always, please share in the comments the titles I’ve overlooked!

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— Carly Pansulla, currently reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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