Browsing by topic: YA

Barbara Park: An Appreciation and Remembrance

Barbara Park

Publishing Perspectives’ Dennis Abrams remembers his friend Barbara Park, the late author of the 55 million copy bestselling Junie B. Jones series.

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Author CJ Daugherty on Success and the YA Ghetto

CJ Daugherty

CJ Daugherty is a hugely successful YA author. Her Night School series has been a bestseller in 20 countries, but she is not altogether pleased about being labeled a YA author.

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National Book Award Rolls Out Award Longlists This Week

National Book Award Finalist

The National Book Awards is announcing expanded lists of ten finalists for four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult fiction.

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David Levithan’s “Two Boys Kissing”: A Masterpiece

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David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing portrays the lives of gay teens observed by forebears who never had the privilege of acceptance. It’s a masterpiece, says our critic.

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Argentina Exhibits Growing Professionalization in Children’s Publishing

Children at the BA Children's and Youth Book Fair

Children’s and YA already account for 22% of the Argentine book market and innovation and increased professionalization is helping the segment to grow.

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Gay-Themed Russian YA Novel Sold with Warning Label


As a result of laws prohibiting ‘homosexual propaganda’ in Russia, a young adult novel featuring a gay character, is sold with adult-age warning labels.

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Difficulty of US High School Reading in Decline

High School Diploma

A study from Renaissance Learning shows that the complexity of texts students are assigned to read has declined nearly three grade levels over the past century.

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Young Adult Fiction: Too Sexy or Just Steamy Enough?

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Largely thanks to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, YA publishers are serving up more sex and are trying to strike a balance between what’s appropriate and what teens want.

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May’s Top Reviews of Self-published Books from BlueInk Review

Occasions of sin

This month’s starred self-published titles include a novel about lesbian nuns in pre-WWII Germany and a memoir from the daughter of 1960s cult leaders, among others.

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Book Marketing Q&A with Scholastic’s Social Media Director, Morgan Baden

Morgan Baden, Social Media and Internal Communications Director at Scholastic

Morgan Baden directs social media strategy at Scholastic and engages teen readers online. Here’s a sneak preview of what she’ll speak about at PP’s Reaching Readers conference in NYC.

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