Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. What else is happening in the YA world?
Kimberly at Stacked did a wrap-up of this years Cybils awards, which she helped select the shortlist for.
We would also like to note that YA bloggers have recently fallen prey to a catfishing scheme by an author posing as a publicist at Penguin Random House. Bloggers, stay safe!
Author Tara Sim wrote about being half-Indian, and not being Indian enough. Ariana Quiñónez reviewed E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights for Hypable.
Meagan Rivers will be changing her name to what it was always meant to be – Meagan Rivera – and talks about the racism behind the change of names and the, “oh, you don’t look Hispanic!” comments. NPR interviewed All-American Boys authors Jason Reynolds and Brandan Kiely.
At the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog, 10 YA authors talked about what it’s like not to be a debut author anymore. Author Marieke Nijkamp discussed the research she did for This is Where It Ends and diversity in books.
Navdeep Singh Dhillon made a list of 54 first lines from novels by people of color in 2015, including YA books.
Karen Jensen wants you to stop telling her teenage daughter – and all teenage girls – that they’re too sensitive.
Representation and Responsibility
Non Pratt says that nothing should be taboo in YA.
Need a new book club? Maybe the #BiYA Book Club will suit your needs.
In the Community
Rhianna Pratchett wrote a piece on her father Terry Pratchett for the Guardian.
Penguin Teen wrote a defense of the standalone novel.
Popsugar Australia created a “Who Is Your YA Boyfriend?” quiz with some of YA’s most well-known love interests.
YA Got Mail! round-ups done by Tara Hackley and Nicole Brinkley.