As with this week's review post, this news roundup is a two-week edition and quite tardy. Better late than never, I suppose, so here's what I've found interesting lately:And here's an ongoing discussion about teens, education, and required reading hosted by Ta-Nehisi Coates on The Atlantic's site
Anne Joseph profiles Meg Rosoff for The Jewish Chronicle Online in an article titled "Why Meg Rosoff's best-selling teen fiction is secretly so Jewish."
Brian Truitt writes about the forthcoming graphic novel versions of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy in USAToday. (Sample pages available.)
. It's a debate that will never die, but there are many interesting comments to the post about literary analysis and high school reading.And in a related article, Patrick Ness takes on "unsuitable" books for teens in the Guardian.
(Adult books he recommends for teens, really, including The Catcher in the Rye
, The Stand
, etc.)Jennifer Arrow takes on HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones from the perspective of one who has not read the books for E!Online
.Susan Dominus talks Hunger Games trilogy for The New York Times.
Is it summer reading time already?!? Steven Bennett recommends some reading for middle and high school readers at MySanAntonio.com
.Charlie Cooper talks teen dystopian fiction, complete with reading list, in The Independent.
Robin Kirk also discusses dystopian fiction for teens at Open Salon
.Ben Fulton talks to Carol Lynch Williams for The Salt Lake Tribune.
William's newest novel is Miles from Ordinary
and "takes readers inside the guilt-ridden hea
It was a slow week in Young Adult (and Crossover) Book News. (Good thing, since I spent the weekend in Chicago discussing undergraduate research and am still catching up on life.) Here's what I found for the week of March 28-April 3:Cat Clarke recommends her favorite top 10 books with teens behaving badly for The Guardian.
It's a good list and well worth reading. I especially like Clarke's justifications for her choices, as in this paragraph about Cory Doctorow's Little Brother:
"Teen hackers in futuristic San Francisco desperately cling to their civil liberties in a sinister Orwellian society. I fell in love with this book even though I didn't understand half (OK, more than half) of the techno-speak. Apparently you're not supposed to trust anyone over 25, so that's me told."Anthony Horowitz talks about his family in The Observer.
Amy Pattee takes on the much-discussed Bitch Feminist YA book list for Kirkus Reviews and recommends four books as feminist titles
.Steven Mihailovich profiles Cindy Pon (Fury of the Phoenix) for the La Jolla Light.
Charlie Higson has moved on from Young Bond
to "a world in which everyone over the age of 14 is consumed by a plague that turns them into deformed, demented and droolingly bloodthirsty zombies." Christopher Middleton talks to Higson for The Telegraph.
In starting up the Weekend Reviews again I am finding that there are as many news stories about teen and crossover books as there are reviews in the mainstream media.