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Field Trip Friday: November 6, 2015

Hello, friends! It's November and those leaves are falling, and lucky for us in California, there's even been some rain coming out of the sky. Snow, too. But let's get on with it, shall we? Here's the YA news of the week!

A bit of happiness in the autumn chill: J.K. Rowling is writing a new children's book under her own name!

It's getting profound over at School Library Journal. What is YA? Who gets to decide? And if teens don't like it, maybe we're all doing something wrong.

A tough and important post by Kayla Whaley on the ableist microaggressions and disability erasure that occurs even within diversity discussions. A good reminder that no matter how well-intentioned, we all have work within ourselves to do.

Halloween happened, so naturally it's time for end-of-year lists. Here's PW's top picks for 2015! 

And congratulations to all the nominees for the Goodreads best books of 2015 awards! You can vote! 

The Chilean government has released new details surrounding the death Pablo Neruda. 

There's been a lot of discussion around the picture book A FINE DESSERT, but this post by Edi Campbell really gets to the heart of it all. 

This was a British study, but gives good insight into how teens view and discuss issues around sexual assault and consent.

Very cool: Publisher Lee & Low is joining with Simmons College to help support students of color entering graduate studies in the area of children's literature.

A 19-year-old Australian Instagram celebrity speaks out about the downsides of social media attention and what goes on behind the camera.

All sorts of lovely We Need Diverse Books news: (1) WNDB is partnering with Scholastic books to bring more diversity to their holiday book flyer and (2) the recipients of the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grants were announced. Congratulations to all!

That day is here. Amazon is opening a bookstore.

A look at the digital divide and income disparity for today's teens.

My hometown and my old high school: racist threats were made at Berkeley High School and the student community came together to condemn the incident and to express their fear and sadness.

A professor from another one of my alma maters: Angela Davis will receive the Sackler Center First Award. 

Kelly Jensen's compiled a list of YA books featuring black girls as the protagonists.

Meanwhile, Daniel José Older asks if black children's lives matter if no one is writing about them?

And let's end on a happy note: Noodle the puppy fell off a ferry but was rescued by a passing boat. 

Have a great weekend!

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie is the William C. Morris award-winning author of Charm & Strange, Complicit, Delicate Monsters, and The Smaller Evil.

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  1. So, that article about whether YA is actually for teens is really interesting, particularly because the author seems to have not spoken to any actual teens.
    It reminded me of the author of Octavian Nothing who gave a talk entitled 'the ceremony of innocence haas drowned' talking about the hipster-darkness in children's books these days and whether it is actually for children or not. Books like 'Go the Fuck to Sleep' use a child genre to only address adults and adult experiences, and I wonder if the trickle down of dark YA to dark MG is just another symptom of the zeitgeist and modern attitudes that staring into the darkness is cool.
    I really don't mind the dark aesthetic, but it doesn't have to be the only one. If YA becomes a style rather than a category, it's lost itself.


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