Not signed up yet for YALSA’s 2016 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since the awards were announced counts, and the challenge runs until 11:59pm EST on June 23, so sign up now!
I can’t believe how this winter flew by! Today is officially the first day of spring and, at least here, it has been feeling more like spring every day. If winter has had you feeling cooped up and not in the mood to read, now is the perfect time to grab one of the Challenge books and take it outside to read in the fresh spring air!
Recently, I’ve been rereading another favorite from last year that made more than one of the lists, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. This graphic novel not only made the 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten but also found its way onto the 2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten. And, to top it off, it was also a Newbery Honor Award winner. The story follows 12-year old Astrid as she signs up for a roller derby summer camp and comes to terms with changes in her friendship with her closest friend as their interests and passions start to diverge. This book has the potential to appeal to a wide range of age groups and reading styles. Best of all, it has great tie-in potential with the fitness/sports theme that many summer reading programs are adopting this year. I highly recommend reading this book; not only am I sure that you will enjoy it, but I am guessing that you will end up recommending it to friends and patrons alike.
In addition to Roller Girl, I’ve also read The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs, which is on the 2016 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. This book might seem quite a bit different than Roller Girl, but what they both share is a focus on encouraging girls to find and follow their passions. In the case of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, this means making a dive into fandoms and their related social spaces more approachable for female fans of all ages. This book has lots of fun tips as well as input from a wide range of female fans who can help readers to feel like they are part of a community as they venture into their chosen fandom. It is a great reader for those who are new to fandom but will also be enjoyable for those who have been participants for years.
Even if you haven’t started the Challenge yet, you still have three months to finish all the books, so there is plenty of time to jump in now! Be sure to sign up in the original post if you haven’t already. On the other hand, if you’ve already completed the challenge, don’t forget to fill out this form!
– Carli Spina, currently reading Lucky Penny by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota