This year on the Hub we are celebrating the Twelve Days of YA with a series of posts loosely based on the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas gifts. We have converted each gift into a related theme common to YA and paired it with a list of relevant titles. You may use the Twelve Days of YA tag to read all of the posts in the series.
Special thanks goes to Carli Spina, Faythe Arredondo, Sharon Rawlins, Geri Diorio, Becky O’Neil, Carla Land, Katie Yu, Laura Perenic, Jennifer Rummel, Libby Gorman, Carly Pansulla, Anna Dalin, and Allison Tran for their help creating the booklists and organizing this series.
On the eighth day of YA, my true love gave to me eight maids-a-milking.
Day eight seemed like a pretty simple one to translate over to a YA lit theme since maids tend to be servants or service workers for the wealthy and this can be found in many books. While this list could have been expanded a bit to cover all characters for whom work was a requirement, such as The Boy in the Black Suit (Jason Reynolds) and The Distant Between Us (Kasie West), we decided to keep it a bit more limited. We hope you enjoy the stories of characters-a-workin’ that we picked and encourage you to share your favorites in the comments!
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winner, 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013 Readers’ Choice List)
- Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
- The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- Tankborn by Karen Sandler
- Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (2008 Best Books for Young Adults, 2015 Popular Paperbacks Nominee)
- Emma by Kaoru Mori (2008 Great Graphic Novel for Teens)
– Jessica Lind, currently reading As You Wish by Cary Elwes