Sunday, February 20, 2011

YA in the News

Thirteen Reasons Why
HeroThe past two weeks have been newsworthy for YA lit.  First we learned that Jay Asher's novel Th1rteen R3asons Why was going to be a movie and Selena Gomez is set to play Hannah Baker.  Then Valentine's Day came around and brought us the announcement of the Cybils winners.  This morning's New York Times has an article about dystopias in YA lit, which was kind enough to separate out less-well written, but still popular works like I Am Number Four from higher quality offerings, such as Scott Westerfeld's Uglies books and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, but still missed the mark on YA lit (if you ask me).  And finally, in sad news, the Times also reported that Perry Moore, author of Hero, a novel about a gay superhero, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
Oh, and on a personal note, I'm running a week-long Hunger Games camp this summer, and more and more students are coming to me to tell me they've registered.  At the same time, more students are asking about Hunger Games and looking for the books, which makes me hopeful that there is some good word-of-mouth buzz around the camp and the books.  Gotta love peer pressure!

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