GalleyCat did a YA Novel “mixtape” where they asked their readers to submit their best YA Novels of 2010, with the stipulation that each novel on the list had to also have a free chapter excerpt available online. Some of the novels, like Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief, was a 2007 release, but the list also has some little known titles that deserve more attention, like Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead. Overall, the list is great for the excerpts alone. Click here to see the list.
Also, while you are over at GalleyCat check out their interview with Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series. She talks about the end of the Vampire Academy and the beginning of its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Click here for the article.
A couple of links for the holiday:
Make sure to read through the comments on both, they add a lot to the posts!
The smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven is making me hungry and happy, so Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I came across this reader’s advisory thread on Ask Metafilter. At first I thought it was a little morbid, then I realized that I had read a lot of the titles, so I’m not sure what that says about me.
I think a lot of these could be crossover titles, especially Life of Pi, the Stephen King titles, and of course Hatchet. If I had to create a wholly YA list, Island of the Blue Dolphins would definitely be on it; one of my all time favorites, as well as Sarah Bishop. They aren’t necessary stories of people trapped together, but more about personal determination to survive in the face of terrible odds.
And of course, you’d need a survival cardigan.
Before all the Twi-hards* stake me, I’m not the one declaring the end of the Vamp Era! GalleyCat, an offshoot of MediaBistro, did an interview with literary agent Caryn Wiseman, who handles children and YA for the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. GalleyCat does these lit agent reviews every week or so, and always asks about the Next Hot Trend.
Caryn, what would you say is hot now, what are editors currently looking for? And what are you looking for?
Funny middle-grade, horror, dystopian, steampunk, multicultural fiction. No more vampires, werewolves or zombies. I’d like to see a middle-grade or YA novel that explores a fresh, new paranormal category or a new twist on a dystopian world. I’d love to see a wonderful middle-grade or YA novel in which the protagonist is multicultural, and that informs his/her decisions, but is not the focus of the story. I’d love to see a great environmental novel. Most of all, I’d just like to see manuscripts that make me laugh, make me cry, and keep me up at night.
So if I ran into Caryn in a dark alley and had to do a Reader’s Advisory on the spot, I’d hand over the following titles:
Looking over the list, its a little light on the multicultural. If anyone has any good titles, feel free to send them my way.
*die-hard Twilight fans