Friday, January 29, 2010

John Green Does NOT Need My Help!!

Every librarian I know has a crush on the guy and gets all flush when his name is brought up. Roguish good looks and deep thinking male characters who can express genuine feelings, not to mention the book contracts - and yeah, I admit it. A bit of jealousy on my part. Even so, when I read his work in all my jadedness, I have to admit that these are some of the best YA books I've read - not just in the past few years but since I've started calling myself a Young Adult writer.

Enough girls read his stuff that his books gets labeled pseudo-chiklit. Do yourself a favor and give them a shot.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Boy Books in Disguise

Librarians, educators, parents and readers themselves too often get hung up on a male protagonist as the first point of definition for a 'boy book.' There is too much to gain, too much to appreciate from the perspective of any thoughtful, well-developed character. There are barriers to many readers, but when a plot is accessible to both boys and girls those barriers can be melted away. It might be as simple as encouragement or a recommendation on a book to give it a shot with a male reader in the first place.

Here are a few of the best books that boys might have discounted, ignored or put down out of 'principle'.

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Skin Hunger - Kathleen Duey