You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.
Pleasure begets pleasure. The unfettered enjoyment of YA fiction now experienced by both adults and teenagers -- age groups that used to be at odds -- has led to increased exchanges of ideas and recommendations, the revitalization of the Internet reading community.
A budding thespian makes the Broadway leap in Tim Federle's Five, Six Seven, Nate!, but even those whose dreams don't involve sequins, spotlights or Sondheim should appreciate this book's heartfelt and nuanced message about adolescent self-acceptance.
"Do you know how many books with boys in them I read?" she said. "You should read girl books, too. Not reading them just because they're about girls is sexist." I'm pretty certain that what my 9-year old told her classmate was more than most adults can muster.
I'm not trying to shock or taunt anyone by writing LGBT characters. I'm just writing about my life and the people I love. And hope that others might recognize a small piece of themselves in these characters, and fall in love with them, too.
Each year over 500 writers and lovers of mysteries gather in New York City for a black-tie evening to celebrate the winners of the Edgar Awards. However, few lovers of children and young adult books realize that the awards also honors authors in those fields.
I get plenty of chances to travel and lecture about my experiences within the world of business and education. My recent trip to Harvard to do just that allowed me to hear a young author tell his unexpected story.
Preschoolers, middle-graders, preteens and young adults may all be separated by only a few years, but are so divided by their interests, needs, humor, language and abilities as to practically be separate species.
As a writer, I've always turned to the written word to piece together the ways of the world, and to better understand myself and others. I knew that in this matter, it would be no different -- I would write a book that got to the heart of a decision that polarizes so many of us.