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Make a Trailer

The new hot thing in Young Adult Novels are having trailers for books. I know y’all want extra credit. If you can make a professional looking trailer with music and images (I would suggest using something like Animoto) and post … Continue reading

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Judy Blume on NPR

Here is a great interview with Judy Blume who was on NPR recently.  She talks about great things like bullying, puberty, and lots of other issues she’s addressed in her books–as well as how to deal with the censors. Plus, … Continue reading

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The Book Job

Did anyone catch this Simpson’s episode?  The Book Job addresses some great issues with young adult literature and writing. Watch the episode and tell me what you think.

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Stereotypes in “American Born Chinese”

As we started to discuss in class today, Gene Luen Yang used a number of stereotypical images of Chinese and Chinese American’s to create his character Chin-Kee. In his 2007 Printz Award Acceptance Speech, he states, “I suddenly appreciated how … Continue reading

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“Half World” Trailer

Hiromi Goto’s “Half World” has a book trailer. It’s as though the publishing company is already preparing for a potential movie. There are not many books that have trailers.  What do you think of the trailer? Does it make the book … Continue reading

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Brian Selznick

Here’s the link to the article on Brian Selznick who does picture books for young adults. The illustrations are beautiful. I may order on and bring it to class to get the effect. This NPR link also has links to … Continue reading

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“Straigtening” Gay Characters in YAL

Since we’re reading WIll Grayson, Will Grayson and have been discussing both GLBT characters in YAL and censorship of YAL, I thought some of you might find this blog post interesting. Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA … Continue reading

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