Links Round-Up: Everyone’s Talking About YA Lit

23 Nov

BBC 4 recently broadcasted a show “exploring the recent boom in fiction for young adults… [with] young adult authors Marcus Sedgwick, Malorie Blackman and Gemma Malley.” Click through to listen to the show now!

cover of Phil Earle's YA novel "Being Billy"

Phil Earle's YA novel "Being Billy" (set to debut January 2011) is one of the many titles featured on The Bookette's 2011 UK Debuts List

The Bookette brings us a list of YA novels debuting in 2011.

Mira Ink, a new YA imprint of Harlequin Mills and Boone, is set to launch in January 2011 (from The Bookseller).

Garth Nix defines Young Adult literature not as a subset of children’s literature but of adult fiction.

The Independent reports on First Story, a charity that “supports and inspires creativity, literacy and talent in UK schools and their communities. First Story “arrange and pay for acclaimed authors to run creative writing workshops for students in ‘challenging’ secondary schools across the country” (both quotes from the First Story website). Promoting teen literacy and expression through reading and writing is the business of libraries as well as schools.

“Books, in their estimation, belong to other people, the middle classes. But to be confronted by a real writer, and be told that you have the potential to become one yourself, is a powerful thing.” Kate Clanchy quoted in The Independent

In The Bookseller Caroline Horn writes that although children’s borrowing has increased in the past year, children’s books budgets are diminishing. As YA books are usually included in children’s book budgets, I assume it’s significantly impacted by the budget cuts.

Anyone working in a secondary school or college library may be interested in signing up for free(!) with FILMCLUB. FILMCLUB provides you all the resources to set up a cinema club for students in your school at no cost. Pretty amazing.


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