Weekly roundup of YA, children’s lit, and other book-related links

*At Stacked, Kelly is writing about “Why Talking About Girl Reading Matters.” From her post:

“When we critique books and discuss books through that un/likable dynamic, we deny complexity to not just the girls on the page, but we deny girls reading those books complexity, too. We make a judgment on the actions both in the fictional world and in the real world.

I want girls to read books and know that the decisions those characters make are dependent entirely upon the characters and the opportunities presented to them in the story. I want girls to know that the decisions they have to make are dependent entirely upon themselves and the opportunities presented to them in their lives and worlds. That being likable and being nice aren’t the reasons to be making choices, but rather, that being likable and being nice are choices that they get to make as they work through what it is they need to work through.”

*At A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, “On Liking Characters.”

*At Teen Librarian Toolbox, “Sex/Consent Positive Books.” 

*Christa Desir has her take on this same topic with “Consent and Sensitivity: ‘Good Sex’ in YA Literature.” 

*Carrie Mesrobian has her list of books up at “Sex/Consent Positive YA Books: The #SVYALit Project.” 

*At PW, “12 Books That End Mid-Sentence.” Perfect timing, as I’d just told some friends that my first draft of the thing I’m currently writing (it’s more of a “thing” than a “novel” at this point) ends this way. It won’t stay like that–I just wrote myself into a corner and then bailed. That’s Future Amanda’s problem.

*At  A Chair, a Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, “My Way or the Highway,” books about teens leaving home.

*Be sure to check out the new page at the webcomic The Dead Have Issues. 

*Over at Kitchen of Disorder, Sarah has been posting issues of the zine she did nearly 15 years ago as a teenager. As you might guess, I’m totally into it.

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