October 6, 2015

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“Our kisses were seismic”: Positive sexual experiences in LGBTQIA+ YA books

Part of the Sexual Violence in Young Adult Literature Project has included posts looking at enthusiastic consent, positive and healthy sexual experiences, and on-the-page consensual sex scenes (check out those posts here by Karen Jensen, Christa Desir, and Carrie Mesrobian). While it’s important to look at and discuss rape, consent, abuse, and violence, it’s equally […]

Selznick, Myracle, and Others Appear in Scholastic Fall 2015 Online Preview


For Scholastic’s recent online preview, the publisher produced four videos in which editors and authors tell viewers about over 20 of Scholastic’s upcoming picture books, graphic novels, middle grade, and teen titles.

Sexy Retellings, Alternative History, and Road Trip Novels | What’s Hot in YA


From Rosamunde Hodge’s latest fairy tale reimagining to Bill Konigsberg’s road trip YA, the following books for teens are among this year’s must-have titles.

The Latest from Kephart, Suma, Levithan, Wein, and More | Fiction Grades 9 & Up


The SLJ March issue is chock-full of YA heavy-hitters. From Nova Ren Suma’s latest magical realism offering to David Levithan’s companion play to Will Grayson, Will Grayson¸ the following titles for teens push genre boundaries, invite reflection, and are brimming with moving narratives.

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Sherman Alexie and Jacqueline Woodson to Speak at BookCon 2015


A year after heavy criticism for only featuring white authors on panels, BookCon is teaming with the advocacy group We Need Diverse Books for two gatherings with authors of various backgrounds, including National Book Award winners Alexie and Woodson.

YA A to Z: David Levithan

YA A to Z: David Levithan

 Why I chose David Levithan: In fall  of 2003, I had just finished graduate school and was working at The Children’s Book Shop in Brookline, Massachusetts (far and away my favorite job ever). I was a big fan of LGBTQ YA books, just as I am now, so whenever a new title would come in, […]

Request to Ban ‘Two Boys Kissing’ from Virginia High School Library Denied

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On April 23, Virginia’s Fauquier County Public Schools held a review and public hearing to consider a parent’s appeal to remove David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing—an LGBTQ-themed book—from the school district’s libraries. The board voted a unanimous decision to keep the title in the school district’s libraries.

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013 Reviewed from ARC Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers. Two Boys Kissing is seriously packing. Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I just read this for the first time last week. […]

Every Day, Pyrite Redux

Every Day, Pyrite Redux

In early December, Sarah reviewed David Levithan’s Every Day. At the time, Sarah said, “It’s ambitious storytelling; Levithan is balancing a lot of factors (many characters; a story about first love; a story about, well, a body snatcher who has no physical form) and the elements come together gracefully.” She also pointed out some issues […]

every Unwholly day

every day by David Levithan
Published by Knopf, August 2012
Reviewed from a final copy
You know a book’s a big deal when the visiting public librarian gives it a shiny booktalk and then all the students want to do is keep hearing about that book, to the exclusion of all the other books said librarian brought. […]

The YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium Hones in on Social Reading and Classics vs. Contemporary


About 500 librarians gathered in St. Louis for YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium to discuss social reading within Ereaders, apps such as Inkling, Kno, and Subtext, and which contemporary books teens will be reading in the 2057.