Month in Review: May 2017

What happened in YA this month? Here is a quick round up of featured posts on The Hub and other links to keep you up to date when collecting for your teens.

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At the Hub

Books & Reading

  • SLJ’s Xpress Reviews of May releases, including Melissa De la Cruz’s new novel.
  • Do you know yet about Salaam Reads? See this interview with Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi.
  • YALSA’s Bookfinder is fully up and running and is such a great resource.  Check it out now if you haven’t yet!
  • New Releases for May including some from our favorite authors: Sarah J Maas, Julie Murphy, Jenny Han, and Renee Ahdieh.
  • May was Mental Health Awareness month, and mental health is a topic very popular in YA lit currently.  See this reading list from YA Highway for books featuring depression, anxiety, eating disorders and more.

Movies & TV

  • A Grasshopper Jungle movie continues to inch forward.
  • Have you been following #FindFinch?  Jennifer Niven is posting weekly on Mondays with a new potential actor to play Finch in the film adaptation of All the Bright Places (Elle Fanning is set to play Violet).
  • Shadowhunters, the wildly popular TV show based on Cassandra Clare’s books is renewed for a third season coming in 2018, while we impatiently wait for the drop of new episodes (Season 2B) on June 5th. 

Video Games

In the News

  • Let’s get our government to support libraries in the federal budget!
  • 13 Reasons Why, opening communication?  Or encouraging suicide ideation?  Tara’s post on the Librarian who doesn’t say shhhh blog about paternalism and censoring for the sake of the children is spot on for librarians promoting the Right to Read (and view :) )  Also check out these reusable infographics about teen dating violence and suicide.

Just for Fun

  • Fan Art – Have you ever daydreamed about how your favorite characters look IRL?  Have you wished you could have their faces plastered all over your walls?  Welcome to the world of Fan Art.  Think of your favorite characters, and I guarantee someone has drawn them for you.  Tumblr is a great place to discover artists, and if you want to buy prints, Etsy, RedBubble, and society6 are great places to shop.


— Cathy Outten, currently reading Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner