There was a time when I was unaware of how awesome coffee and coffee shops were. I like to recall that time as the “dark years.” Now I can start a work day without my morning coffee, although I do miss going into Starbucks every morning and seeing the dynamic that happens there.
This led me to think of all the YA books taking place in or featuring coffee shops. There are a lot of books out there, but I can’t remember the one book that inspired this list. I can recall all the details, but the title, author, or any of the character’s names. It’s driving me crazy. While I rack my brain trying to remember, here are some of books that feature coffee, coffee shops, or those amazing people who make our coffee, baristas.
In this retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, Geena is looking forward to a summer of working at the local coffee shop with her cousin Hero and best friend Amber. But as soon as Geena arrives home from boarding school, she falls in love and realizes her friendship with Amber might be over.
Here are some great bookish tweets from this week:
- @catagator: And also, I wrote a post of Ellen Hopkins read alikes at Book Riot earlier this year, too –> http://bookriot.com/2014/01/20/beyond-bestsellers-youve-read-ellen-hopkins/ …
- @catagator : You’ve read Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK? Here’s what YA titles to read next for sexual assault awareness month: http://bookriot.com/2014/04/01/beyond-bestsellers-youve-read-speak-laurie-halse-anderson/ …
- @PublishersWkly: The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2014 http://pwne.ws/1iTbk9j
- @sljournal: Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives http://ow.ly/vj7ui
- @lbkids: Thanks for joining #LemonySnicket on his @reddit_AMA! Find answers to all of your wrong questions here: http://redd.it/21xynj
- @TLT16 : This month join @NSVRC to raise awareness of sexual violence. Also, follow #SVYALit Project 4 bks to raise awareness http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2014/02/svyalit-project-index.html …
- @IceyBooks : Hitting Shelves (#115) — April 1st, 2014 http://goo.gl/fb/JGtLa
- @PublishersWkly : PW’s Fall 2014 Children’s Sneak Previews — start making your reading list now! http://pwne.ws/1fODmDd
- @sljournal: YA Lit Winners and Honorees Announced for the 2014 Street Literature Book Awards http://ow.ly/vlSz1
You are aware, I’m sure, that April is National Poetry Month. This brainchild of the Academy of American Poets has been celebrated since 1996, and the Academy’s website has a plethora of great ideas ideas of ways to celebrate, but why not celebrate by simply reading more poetry?
What’s that? Poetry is “too hard?” Do not fear iambic pentameter, sestinas, or villanelles! But if you would rather not attempt a sonnet, a haiku, or even a limerick, there is a great way to ease yourself into the world of poems: novels written in verse. The tales are so compelling and the verse so subtle, you won’t even realize you are reading poetry. Quite often, novels in verse tackle very hard subjects. It can be astonishing how authors cover deep, dark topics with just a few, perfectly chosen words.
Here are a few to get you started:
My Book of Life By Angel – Martine Leavitt
Angel is sixteen when Call gives her “candy” that makes her fly, and asks her to start sleeping with his friends. Soon, Angel is hooked on drugs and is working the streets as a prostitute. When Call brings home an even younger girl, Angel plans to escape this life she’s found herself in, and take young Melli with her. Leavitt’s books have appeared on multiple Best Books for Young Adults lists, and after reading her work, you will understand why.
Freakboy – Kristin Clark (2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults)
Brendan seems to be a guy’s guy. He’s a wrestler, has a lovely girlfriend, and loves video games, but deep inside, he wants long hair and soft skin and a curvy body. Brendan is transexual and he’s trying to figure out who he is. He has never met anyone else who is like him, and he is frightend that he is “not normal”, whatever that means.
Daisy’s family is in crisis. Her younger brother, Steven, is autistic, and his violent outbursts have become dangerous as he grows bigger and stronger. Daisy escapes into music, playing her trumpet in the jazz ensemble at her school. At one time, Daisy was an “…orchestra-guest-worthy prodigy horn player,” but Steven’s care has required the family resources to be diverted from her musical development. Nevertheless, playing jazz is Daisy’s refuge from the problems at home. When Daisy’s parents decide that Steven must move out of the home for better care, Daisy suspects that she should be relieved. Isn’t this her chance for freedom? Instead, she’s angry, and finds herself turning away from music and her dreams for her future.
Daisy loves Kind of Blue, an album by Miles Davis and members of his jazz sextet. It’s “…kind of, always, how I feel,” Daisy describes. She’s not alone in her admiration. The smooth, beautiful melodies introduced a shift in the improvisational possibilities of jazz, resulting in music that feels as if it could go on forever. The album was recorded in two sessions and released in August 1959. Many regard it as the best jazz album ever.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kind of Blue’s release, Columbia Records reissued the album in 2008. (Not fifty years, is it?) Below is a short clip elucidating its effect on jazz music.
-Diane Colson, currently reading Grandmaster by David Klass
April is National Poetry Month and, in celebration, we challenge you to release your inner poet and create a book spine poem!
Spine poetry refers to the art of arranging books so that the titles on the spine form a poem. For this challenge, all you need to do is arrange any of the books that are included in the 2014 Hub Reading Challenge into a poem, take a photo and submit it to us!
Here’s an example from Hub manager Allison Tran:
We’ll post some of the best book spine poems on The Hub and one grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of Every Day by David Levithan! Here is the fine print:
- For privacy reasons, make sure there aren’t any people in your pictures, please!
- All entries must be sent to email@example.com by April 25th to be considered. Please include your mailing address if you would like to be eligible to win the grand prize.
- Poems must be composed ONLY from book spines of 2014 Hub Reading Challenge eligible titles to be considered.
- Participants worldwide are welcome to participate just for fun, but the grand prize can only be mailed a winner located in the United States.
- By submitting your photo, you are consenting to its publication by YALSA on The Hub or any other YALSA social media accounts, though we are under no obligation to publish all submissions that we receive.
A selection of the best poems from our readers and bloggers will be posted at the end of the month to celebrate poetry and the winner will be announced at the same time. Good luck!
-Carli Spina, Hub Advisory Board member
I love historical fiction. The drama, the intrigue and, oh– the fashion. I just assume all the period details regarding clothing are accurate. Or I did until my friend Liz shared it was her secret delight to troll the adult fiction section and find anachronistic apparel. Curious to know how Liz knows all that she does about fashion? Check out her bio in the first post Fashion Hits and Misses from YA Historical Fiction Book Covers.
Turns out a lot of books from specific dates and locations feature outfits as cover art that either haven’t been invented yet or were way out of fashion. I was eager to know if these same mistakes were being made in Young Adult historical fiction. After all, how was I to know? Here are some examples of books that got it right and those that got it wrong.
Hit, sort of – In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story (alternate title In Mozart’s Shadow: Nannerl’s Story) by Carolyn Meyer
The novel In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story is set in eighteenth-century Europe. Older sister Nannerl remains home in Salzburg, Austria while her brother Mozart travels and performs. How does the cover art compare?
The idea of the appropriate style of dress is there, but the quality of the fashion is poor and ill-fitting. This particular dress looks like one you would wear for an “old-timey” photo. The style of the time was a low-necked gown made from woven silks in elaborate patterns worn over panniers, a cage-like garment which extended the hips at the sides. The bodice would be tightly fitted over a stiff pair of stays, known by modern terminology as a corset. The front of the bodice exposed a stomacher, which was a triangle-shaped piece which was elaborately decorated. Sleeves were normally close-fitting and worn to the elbow with ruffle and lace embellishments. The skirt was often open in the front to expose the petticoat which was decorated to match. There were several different types of dress worn at the time, but most did follow the same silhouette as described here. read more…
My family is getting ready for an interstate move and putting our house up for sale. As a result, lots of our possessions, including most of our books, are currently residing in our garage so that our house is ready to “show” to potential buyers. It’s a little sad to see all the books sitting out there, some of them not even yet packed for the actual move:
All this shifting and (some) boxing has made me wonder about how people manage the size of their book collections. In the spirit of Julie Bartel’s What Your Bookshelves Say About You post, I asked Hub bloggers to share, and here are some of their responses: read more…
Good morning, Hub readers!
Last week, we asked you to choose the upcoming YA sequel you’re most looking forward to reading this spring. According to our results, your top pick was Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, with 35% of the vote, followed by City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and Nantucket Red by Leila Howland, which tied for 17%. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted, and happy reading when those books come out!
This week, we want to know which secondary character in YA lit deserves a book of their own. Or maybe even a whole series, a la Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments books! Which supporting character do you think deserves the chance to be a protagonist? Vote in the poll below or add your suggestion in the comments if we left out a good one.
Which supporting character in YA lit deserves a book of their own?
- Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (45%, 47 Votes)
- Hassan from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (24%, 25 Votes)
- Cosme from the Bitter Kingdom trilogy by Rae Carson (13%, 14 Votes)
- Kenji from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (10%, 10 Votes)
- Libby from Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (8%, 8 Votes)
- Ashley from Jessi Kirby’s novels (0%, 0 Votes)
- Emilia from Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 104