YA Novels in the News

YA novelists and their books often garner the attention of the media. Sometimes the press just gives a short note about when a book will, for example, hit the shelves, while other times, you’ll read indepth analysis, interviews and even op-ed pieces that got our attention. In the YA Novels in the News category, you can expect to find news items and commentary from a variety of Web news sources. More importantly, I’ll try to give you my take on the subject of YA books and the place of teen lit in the world today.

What’s On My Bucket List?

In order to celebrate Side Effects May Vary’s release, the author asked for people to create and post a bucket list on their website, and today, it’s my chance to share some of the things I’ve accomplished, some of the things I hope to accomplish before I kick the proverbial bucket, and those things I hope to continue doing every day for as long as there is a bucket left to kick. Read more →

Are Canadians Really A Nation Of Readers?

I’ve been a big reader for about as long as I can remember. I started with nursery rhymes, fairytales, and various picture books. When I was a little older, I moved onto Beverley Cleary’s books, in particular Ramona and Her Father, The Babysitter’s Club series, Kit Pearson, Cynthia Voigt, R.L. Stine, and Christopher Pike, among others. However, a conversation that… Read more →

From Kick-Ass To Katniss?: The Hunger Games Movie Buzz

According to an article published in USA Today a few days ago, Chloe Moretz, the young actor best known for her role as Hit Girl in the movie Kick Ass, is leading the search for someone to play the role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming Hunger Games movie. Fans have been selecting their actor picks all summer long (and… Read more →

Faerie Tales Can Come True: Diana Zimmerman's Kandide

When I was a young child and tween, I had a love of fairy tales like no other. I say that, and you’re probably thinking, “Well, that’s what she says, but the truth is that I had a love of fairy tales that can’t compare with anyone else.” Or quite possibly you’ll be thinking, “Really…as a tween, you loved…fairy tales?”… Read more →