Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. Time to take a look at other interesting blog posts, Tweets, and articles that have hit the web this past week. What else is happening in the YA world?
Tweet of the Week
@themackenzilee I once dreamed that my publisher told me they’d cancel my contract for RED unless I replaced my MC with a talking mouse.
— Alison Cherry (@alison_cherry) December 7, 2015
Veronica Roth posted a teaser summary of her next YA novel. Laini Taylor announced that her next book has turned into a duology and revealed the title of the new book.
Erin Bow revealed some details behind the creation of The Scorpion Rules’ Talis.
Justina Ireland talked about why she writes lady leads and why fiction doesn’t need a platform with Keigan Wersler at Story. Meg Cabot spoke about her experiences with situational depression.
Lauren James made a list of 16 books she wants to read in 2016.
Representation in YA
The announcement that a white man would be writing a book on racism in children’s literature hit the web this week to much skepticism. Debbie Reese wrote an open letter to the writer, asking if he realized he was doing the same things he accused the publishing industry of doing.
The We Need Diverse Books team named their best books of 2015. The Book Voyagers made a list of “diverse” 2016 YA reads to add to your shelves.
Diversity in YA made a masterpost of all the 2015 YA covers that featured people of color. Bitch Media posted a conversation about how black girls are hungering for heroes like them.
The Book Addicted Girl wrote for the Guardian about why we need more disabled characters in books.
The YA Jewish community and the We Need Diverse Books team clashed this weekend over an inappropriately Hannukah Tweet; a small summary of the skirmish can be found on Storify.
Santillana launched Loqueleo, a children’s and YA imprint.
Time took a look at what it’s like for those who get to eat Christmas dinner at the Great Hall in Hogwarts, and Brightly thinks that ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be awesome. Book Riot posted a DIY guide to making your Christmas tree very Harry Potter-inspired.
Buzzfeed wants to tell you what YA heroine you are based on your zodiac sign.
The Smithsonian talked about how the word “taser” came from a YA novel.
Lionsgate’s chairman wants prequels to the Hunger Games films which is, to be honest, an awful idea.
Zakiya Jamal made a list of 21 young adult series that will be missed in 2016 for Buzzfeed. Eric Smith made a list for Paste of the top 10 new YA books releasing in December.
TIME Magazine also made a list of their best YA books – a heinous list that included only four YA books and featured Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get. Kelly Jensen wrote an open letter to them in response to their absolute lack of YA knowledge – and their inadvertent disrespect to the YA corner of the bookish community.
Willa’s Ramblings made a gift guide for non-contemporary YA books.
Buzzfeed made a list of YA books you should read based on your favorite classic novel. Book Riot made a reading list inspired by Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything.
Buzzfeed listed their picks for best YA covers of 2015. Our own list will be coming on the 31st – keep an eye out.