If you only click on one link today, make it this one. Over at STACKED, Kelly J. gives us an insight into the art and science of weeding – the mysterious process by which librarians remove books from their catalogues. Recently she did a little unofficial tally of what trends in writing and publishing in YA have changed. Book length, page length, age of characters, trends, and dated covers – what has fallen out of favor with their teen readers.
– Are you doing it? NaNoWriMo I mean! I don’t care how many times I finish a novel, or write 50,000 words. Come November, I’m lining up my blank notebooks and colored pens and getting ready to party like a writer in the post-it note aisle.
– Embrace the awkward! Yes, you!
– The brilliant and charming Lydia Kang guest posted with The League of Extraordinary Writers with a seriously stellar list of resources for teen writers. I don’t think we talk enough about the life and times of teen writers and I applaud this list. It’s phenom. (I recently introduced a mother of a brand new kid writer to Figment and she loves it!)
– Maybe Genius is hosting a Twitter hallowfic contest! Tweet your tiny funnyscary story with the tag #hallofic and if you’re her fave you’ll win a book! I love winning books. It’s like Christmas at Halloween.
– Speaking of, don’t forget about ALL HALLOWS READ!!! Give a person a scary book for Halloween. I’ve got my list of fave scary books and a list of people to give them to. I’ll share next week my picks, but I want to hear yours! What books are you giving?
– Over at Book Riot – Beyond the Bestsellers: So you’ve read Divergent. What’s next?
– Lemony Snicket (I do so love Lemony Snicket) at HuffPost: 13 Passages from Children’s Literature that are More Dreadful and Shocking than They First Appear
– 2013 National Book Awards finalists have been announced. In Young People’s Literature:
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)
– Neil Gaiman at The Guardian: Our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming. It’s long but so good and so important.
I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?
It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.
BOOKS I WANT.
Goosebumps. That’s all I’m sayin’.
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (master of really creepy books – official title)
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.
Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her there and why.
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.