The Popularity of YA Fiction

You can read an interesting “Room for Debate” multi-viewpoint piece on YA fiction at the New York Times, prompted in part by the ridiculous success of the Hunger Games trilogy.

The Power of Young Adult Fiction

There’s a range of opinions expressed, so give it a few moments while your book trailer is rendering 🙂

Recommended Reads

Several students asked for titles and authors after class on Friday, so here are a few of the books I recommended:

  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. Contains short stories from YA favorites including John Green, Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, and M. T. Anderson. Satisfy your inner geek!
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Katsa has been graced with a rare and deadly skill. What’s a girl to do? Kick butt, of course! Has a sequel in print and another coming out in May.
  • Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud. A stand-alone tale unlike his Bartimaeus series, but equally well told. Short, lazy Halli Sveinsson goes on a hero quest to make up for a prank gone wrong, but he gets far more than he bargained for.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The quiet proprietor of a country tavern reveals himself as the legendary hero and scoundrel Kvothe. Still working on it, but I’ve been sucked in.

p.s. Get a deal on YA fiction from a local retailer — Kidsbooks is having their annual clearance sale starting this Thursday, January 19th. 20% off everything in the store and online. w00t!!