Last week we asked which monster from YA literature you thought was most horrifying. Our winner, with 29% of the vote, was the anthropophagi from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. Second place went to Occo from Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese (21%), third to the grievers from The Maze Runner by James Dashner (20%), and fourth to the hollowgeist from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!
The movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby came out this weekend. Critics seem to dislike it, but it’s doing well in the popular opinion, which raises the question of what makes a “good” or “bad” movie. That got us thinking: which movie based on a YA book do you think was the worst adaptation? Vote in the poll below or leave a comment if we’ve left off a title you thought was truly terrible.
Which is the worst YA book-to-movie adaptation?
- Eragon (33%, 44 Votes)
- The Lightning Thief (30%, 40 Votes)
- Twilight (17%, 23 Votes)
- Beautiful Creatures (7%, 10 Votes)
- Alex Rider (4%, 6 Votes)
- The City of Ember (4%, 5 Votes)
- Lemonade Mouth (3%, 4 Votes)
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 134
My mother was a second grade teacher. She loved children’s books and reading to kids — lucky for my brother and me, because even after we were reading on our own, she still read to us often. Mostly I remember this as a sweet summer bedtime ritual, when the long twilights would lend themselves perfectly to us wheedling later bedtimes. In this way, I experienced a lot of books with complicated ideas before I may have been able to comprehend them on my own. Even with the ones that I read again independently, I find that to this day my memories of the stories are as my mom read them to us. These books undoubtedly shaped the reader and the person I became as I grew older.
Happy Mothers Day! We are never too old to enjoy hearing a good story read out loud.
Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. Anything you’ve read since February 3 counts, so sign up now!
How is everyone’s reading coming along? I can’t believe there are just six weeks left in the challenge! Are you on track to finish in time?
Which list or award have you enjoyed reading from the most? What new gems have you discovered that you’ll be keeping a closer eye on in the future — interesting formats, new authors, new genres?
On May 22 from 2 to 3pm EDT, we’ll be hosting a Reading Challenge chat on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook, so plan to join us on whichever platform you prefer!
If you’ve completed the challenge by reading or listening to 25 titles from the list, let us know by filling out the form below. (The information you provide is what we’ll use to send you your Challenge Finisher badge, contact you about your reader’s response, and notify you if you win our grand prize drawing, so be sure to use an email address you actually check!) Do not fill out this form until you have completed the challenge by reading 25 titles.
If you’re not done yet, happy reading and keep us posted on your progress! Tweet your reviews and progress with the #hubchallenge tag, and we’ll see you at next week’s check-in!
Much of young adult literature ignores parental figures — they’re often inconvenient to the plot of the story, which is why so many YA novels are set in boarding schools or feature orphaned protagonists. When they do play a part in the story, it’s often a source of conflict. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m looking at some of the complicated relationships with mothers as portrayed in young adult literature.
Since YA lit is about coming of age and gaining independence, it makes sense that many plots are predicated on tension with parents. Teens are trying to forge their own identity, which often means rebellion. The best stories are built on a foundation of conflict, and for young adults, that means the main characters are at odds with people in positions of authority, including parental figures. read more…
As usual, Twitter has been busy this week with YA related news, events, giveaways and more. Here are some of the highlights, in case you missed them.
Contests and Giveaways
- RT @epicreads: Free printable bookmarks! Go here to download & print –> http://bit.ly/13d9KJ2 pic.twitter.com/mLp1x4xG5d - @PitchDarkBooks
- THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH Blog Tour & Giveaway http://shar.es/livCj via @sharethis - @HarlequinTeen
- Giveaway for copies of LOKI’S WOLVES over at http://Tor.com – http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/lokis-wolves-sweepstakes?utm_source=Feedburner%3A+Frontpage+Partial+RSS+Feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torcom%2FFrontpage_Partial+(Tor.com+Frontpage+Partial+-+Blog+and+Stories …) – @melissa_marr
- Enter for the chance to win a copy of DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver over on our Facebook page –> http://ow.ly/kNyqr #goodluck - @HarperCollins
- At long last, I’m giving away a book! It’s THE BOYFRIEND APP by @katiesise, and it’s signed! http://www.melissacwalker.com/win-it-wednesday-the-boyfriend-app/ … - @melissacwalker
- New on the blog: Giveaway: The Program by Suzanne Young (US only) http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/giveaway-the-program-by-suzanne-young-us-only … - @yabookscentral
- Two ways to win the #IreadYA giveaway! Click for details and to snag your shot at 7 hot YA titles: http://bit.ly/10bzpkk @this_is_teen - @figment
- New on the blog: Giveaway: Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/giveaway-shutdown-by-heather-anastasiu … - @yabookscentral
- Enter to win @LBardugo‘s SHADOW AND BONE & SIEGE AND STORM!!! Yup! You can win BOTH Grisha Trilogy books now! – @Teenreads
- $5,000 for college and a Penguin shopping spree! @PenguinClass http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/forms/yr/out_of_the_easy/index.html … - @RutaSepetys
- Enter for a chance to win a copy of MAKE GOOD ART by @neilhimself, designed by Chip Kidd http://ow.ly/kPUWN @WmMorrowBks - @HarperCollins
It’s Victory Day here in Russia, a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union during World War II. This is a huge holiday: a shut-down-the-city, parades-with-tanks sort of holiday. Since preparations for the celebration began weeks in advance, WWII has been on my mind quite a bit. I thought I would take this opportunity to highlight some YA fiction based during the war. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of titles that fit this description; I’ve selected only a handful and would love to read your additions in the comments.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2013 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, 2013 Readers’ Choice List, 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults selection, 2013 Teens’ Top Ten nominee)
After her plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France, British spy “Verity” is captured, imprisoned, and forced to confess her mission. She uses these confessions to tell her story, much of which involves her relationship with Maddie, her best friend and the pilot who was flying when the plane crashed.
This weekend, I watched Iron Man 3 and LOVED it! Part of my favorite moments was the banter between Tony Stark and Harley Keener (the young boy). I really loved Maria’s Avengers Reading List; she inspired me to create this post, where I decided to take an in-depth look at Harley Keener.
Harley lives in Tennessee, and one night hears something in his garage. When he goes to inspect it, he never imagines that he’d find Tony Stark there or that Tony Stark would need his help. He’s smart, witty, and funny. I think he would be a fantasy/science fiction reader who’d like books with smart characters and lots of action, danger, and technology. Here’s some books I think he would enjoy:
I was one of those eager reader teens, picking up books from the adult section of the library back before there was a thing called YA. But even I rolled my eyes at some of the tomes put on school reading lists. Most were written by people dead long before I was even born, and I will not tell you how long ago that was. Recently, I watched an 8th grader wading through one of the books that was old when I was his age. I had to think: hasn’t anything that portrays the same message been written in the last century?
Fortunately, many modern YA books do provide complexity in characterization, strong plot structure, ethical dilemmas, and important morals. And many do it with a diverse cast and multi-cultural settings, heightening their appeal to the less-than-eager reader.
These include books like All The Broken Pieces by Ann Burg (2012). The protagonist of this novel-in-verse is Matt Pim, a Vietnamese-American boy adopted by an American family right after the Vietnam war I vividly remember. (The book is classified as historical fiction; guess how old that make me feel.) Matt faces thoughts of the American GI father who abandoned him and memories of the war and the people he was forced to leave behind. He plays baseball, in part because he likes the game, but mostly to keep his adopted father happy. That’s more important than ever because he fears his adopted parents no longer need him since they have a new baby. There are flashbacks to his life in Vietnam, the war, and the dreadful secret that made his mother send him away while she kept his younger brother. And Matt’s beloved baseball coach is dealing with cancer. There is so much in this slim book that readers may wonder how Matt bears everything on his shoulders. There is courage in action, survivor guilt, what it’s like to be different, and the love of family.
It’s time for the 7th Annual Tower Hamlets Book Award! A list of 40 nominated books selected by librarians and pupils has been released to participating schools in the Tower Hamlets Borough in London. The competition has a couple of stages. In July, a shortlist is announced, just in time for summer reading. (Summer term ends in late July.) Pupils and librarians vote, and in November the winner is announced.
Originally, I wanted to compare their list of nominees to our list of 2013 Teen Top Ten nominees. Turns out they have only one book in common: Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. So this post mainly focuses on the THBA, because there are some new and interesting titles found there.
Dresses, tuxedos, up-dos … it can only mean one thing: prom is around the corner. Thankfully for all you prom-goers, inspiration for that perfect prom night is here! Each photo set below features mystery YA book covers with some rocking ideas for prom night. Read on to do some window shopping and test your knowledge of YA book covers at the same time. (To uncover the titles for each book, just highlight the text beside the correlating number.)
Let us know how many you got right in the comments!
1. Airhead – Meg Cabot
2. Amber House – Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed
3. Alice in Zombieland – Gena Showalter
4. Etiquette and Espionage – Gail Carriger
5. The Catastrophic History of You and Me – Jess Rothenberg