Listorama: 11 Books for the Younger YA Crowd

Listorama: 11 Books for the Younger YA Crowd

This week, Middle Grade and YA author Lisa Schroeder* made couple of great observations on Twitter about the importance of books that bridge the gap between younger readers and the upper young adult books that have a high crossover appeal to adults. 

Adult crossover appeal is huge in the YA market at the moment (though I question this on some level, since the numbers aren't as huge as we're lead to believe), so it makes sense that these are the books that get attention, especially in the online reviewing world. But Lisa's comment got me thinking about that space in 7th, 8th, 9th grade where there's definitely a gap in terms of attention to the appeal of that audience in online reviews. So, I thought it would be useful to put together a list. (Please add your recommendations in the comments, if you're so inclined.)

And thanks to Lisa for helping with some suggestions!

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Announcing the 4th Annual Verse Novel Week!

It's that time again! Time to sign up to participate in our annual celebration of novels in verse! We love this format around here and for the fourth year in a row, we'll spend the last week in April (beginning Sunday, the 26th) sharing that love.

If you'd like to participate, we'd love to have you! You can sign up to review or recommend a verse novel of your choosing, make a thematic list of verse novels, or write about any topic related to the format you'd like! Authors are welcome to join us, too! 

If you'd like to get an idea of past topics, you can find the Verse Week archives right over here. 

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In Which I Attempt to Discuss the Importance of Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer...

In Which I Attempt to Discuss the Importance of Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer...
We are women. And we can be the person we want to be, not the version you wish we were.

You know how some things--whether they're books, movies, television show or whatever--that just work their way into your heart and don't let go? The things that become a part of you? That's the way I feel about Liza Palmer's books--every single one of them, each in a special way.

I loved Nowhere But Home because it filled that omnipresent FNL-shaped hole in my heart; More Like Her for its perfect final scene; A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents for its clear-eyed depiction of family; Seeing Me Naked is just a damn good book; and Conversations with a Fat Girlis laugh out loud hilarious.  

Her latest, Girl Before a Mirror, just might edge out the rest as my favorite. 

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Recommendation Tuesday: Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro

Why aren't you reading Bitch Planet? What is wrong with you?

Do you not like smart, overtly feminist comics with compelling characters and unexpected plot twists? Do you have something against stunning throwback-style artwork? Or perhaps you don't enjoy brilliant essays on current issues in feminism?

Because Bitch Planet, a new comic from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, has all of that stuff and more and I'm pretty much obsessed and think you should be too. This is the sort of insightful creative work that we need more of in this world. 

Issue #3 comes out tomorrow and it's going to be brilliant. You should storm your local woman-friendly comic book store and snag the first few issues before they disappear from the shelves and you have to wait for the combined volume like a sucker. 

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