Young Adult Fiction Round-Up

With so much change for the better happening out there in the world – the #MeToo movement, the March for our Lives gun control rallies, the rise in LGBTQ+ books and authors of color in YA literature, to name a few – there’s a lot to keep up with. Here’s a roundup of YA news from the past few weeks.

  • In the wake of the recent school shootings, author YA author Tom Leveen had some things to say about the value of representing real-life trauma in YA fiction.
  • For all those who thought that children’s literature was immune to the kind of behavior ranging from bad to abusive that launched the #MeToo movement, think again because “The #MeToo Reckoning Has Come to YA And Children’s Literature.”
  • From fantasy to realistic fiction to memoir, these women of color are rewriting old cultural scripts.
  • And as a bonus, here’s an interview with The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas on YA Fiction, being Black in America, and more.
  • Not all teens can enjoy LGBTQ+ literature openly. For those who have to keep their sexuality under wraps, here are some “Under the Gaydar” YA novels.
  • And just in time for Passover….. “The Devil’s Arithmetic” author, Jane Yolen, writes a follow-up book about the Holocaust.

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