Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. What else is happening in the YA world?
Tweet of the Week
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Representation and Responsibility
Agate Publishing will launch a line of books for children by African-American writers.
Mad Hope made a list of the Dos and Don’ts for writing lady characters in YA. Under the Painted Sky author Stacey Lee wrote an open letter to non-Asian writers of Asian characters.
In the Community
Heidi Heilig created a song for The Girl From Everywhere – a book Bustle has seven reasons for you to read. Bustle also covered A Totally Awkward Love Story, a YA love story co-written by real-life high school sweethearts.
Do you know your YA covers? YA Highway has a quiz on hearts on YA covers.
Shelf Awareness reviewed Jeff Zetner’s The Serpent King and offered a small shelftalker for booksellers.
You can vote for new Maureen Johnson cover redesigns on the Epic Reads website.
Passenger author Alexandra Bracken and Truthwitch author Susan Dennard shared their tour diary and their rules for the road. Don’t Kill The Boy Band author Goldy Moldavsky talked to Rookie about how fan fiction made her a better writer.
Justin Barisich at Book Page chatted with Victoria Aveyard about the release of Glass Sword. Book Page also looked Behind the Book with Emily Henry and The Love That Split The World.
Roshani Chokshi shared some fanart for for The Star-Touched Queen on Twitter. Over on the Mixed Experience podcast, Heidi Durrow chatted with The Living author Matt de la Peña.
Over on the Barnes & Noble Teen blog, Michael Waters presented 9 YA books that would make fantastic presidential candidates. The Barnes & Noble Teen blog also wondered what the supporting characters of Harry Potter are up to now.
POPSugar named 26 YA books that both teens and their parents should be reading. Teen Vogue listed the 2016 releases they are most excited for.
Bustle suggested 18 fantasy series for readers to dive into after finishing Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.
The B&N Teen blog made a list of YA romances for every stage of your relationship and a list of contemporary YAs that make fabulous Valentines. Hypable listed ten romantic book quotes for Valentine’s Day.
YA Got Mail! round-ups done by Tara Hackley and Nicole Brinkley.