"Reading Harriet the Spy today as an adult, I find a queer subtext throughout. Not only is Harriet the quintessential baby butch, but her best friends, Sport and Janie, run exactly contrary to gender stereotypes. Sport acts as the homemaker and nurturing caretaker of his novelist father, while Janie the scientist plans to blow up the world one day. It was as if Fitzhugh was telling us kids back in the sixties that you didn’t have to play by society’s rules, the first lesson a queer kid has to learn in order to be happy
It's about a year since the storied Weird Tales
) got a new editor and sacked its staff (previously
), so WT elected to celebrate that milestone by publishing some text from actress, film director, sometime blogger
and new author Victoria Foyt
's debut Revealing Eden: Save the Pearls
. Some people have a problem with its content
and its video
. [more inside]
YOU CHOSE WRONG
. A children's treasury of horrible "choose your own adventure" story endings.
asked if YA novels today are too dark- with abuse, violence and depravity. A YA writer took it literally and researched
the color distribution and demographic of young adult novels.
'The Atlantic Wire' kicks off its new YA For Grownups series with The Greatest Girl Characters of Young Adult Literature
Read the latest Daniel Pinkwater novel
before it's published. As he has done with his last three novels
, children's author, NPR commentator and pet lover Daniel Pinkwater
is serialising his latest novel, Bushman Lives. [more inside]
YA authors asked to 'straighten' gay characters.
Two YA authors posted about their unhappy experience
with trying to find an agent for their book that includes gay characters. Soon, a representative of the previously unnamed agency (though also not the actual agent in question) posts a rebuttal
. Debate flies back and forth in the comments, on Twitter
, and on various blogs, with writers coming forward with their own experiences. (1 2 3
, among many others.) Cleolinda has a detailed and informative summary
of the whole situation. (Previously.
Lois Lane, Girl Reporter
- an awesome proposal for a series of YA books that didn't happen.
William Taylor Adams
, a progressive Massachusetts educator and one term legislator, was once a household name in populist fiction under his nom de plume Oliver Optic
. [more inside]
Why are so many recent Young Adult novels set in nightmarish futuristic dystopias? Because they're just like high school. [more inside]
James Wallace Harris
on Variable Star, Spider Robinson's
posthumous collaboration with Robert A Heinlein, the elements that make up a Heinlein juvenile
and what the equivalent might be today.
LDS Sparkledammerung IS HERE!
The crypto-mormonism of Stephanie Myers' Twilight series
. (Spoilers, image heavy, extreme derisiveness)
Hopefully this will put an end to the interminable AskMe questions
: Adam Cadre has written a complete retrospective and review
of William Sleator’s
young adult science fiction.
newest novel, "The Neddiad"
—serialized weekly for your reading pleasure. (Previous Pinkwater Post)
is a big, fat weirdo
who writes really hilarious books for smart children and young adults. He can also be heard
on NPR. His most famous novels include The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Fat Men From Space, Lizard Music,
and Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars.
Some of his books are being slowly republished in omnibus form.
You can read an interview with him here
, or peruse some obsessive links.