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Considered a classic of Latinx literature, Cisneros' book is a series of vignettes set on a street in Chicago. Brenna selected this book to complement our regularsode next week, so we tackle the novel's class and feminist themes. Plus: an ode to lyrical, poetry-like texts! Wanna connect with the show? Follow us at our new Twitter handle @HKHSPod or…
 
Hannah recommends recent picture books that go well with some YA favorites and under-sung gems. She is also happy to provide potato chip and cheese pairings upon request via Twitter or Instagram 😉 Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA new…
 
Who's ready for an abusive relationship? What about "storytelling" as opposed to good writing? Do you like your FX dodgy and your vampires sparkly? The truth is...we didn't like Twilight. But we do try to be fair about how it became a cultural juggernaut and with whom, in addition to dissecting why it is harmful, problematic and filled with bad rep…
 
We felt a responsibility to address the breaking news from the holidays surrounding Trickster and Inconvenient Indian director Michelle Latimer. We also offer some context and include statements from writer Eden Robinson and film director Jeff Barnaby. Wanna connect with the show? Follow us at our new Twitter handle @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKH…
 
Saved By The Bell mega-fan Brenna introduces Joe to the wonders of Pacific Palisades as we tackle the very self-aware new version, who is surprisingly smart, class-oriented and progressive. It's also very funny! We also follow-up on our holiday activities. Brenna: Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan Darius the Great Is Not Oka…
 
We're staying gold through the end of 2020 with arguably one of the most significant YA texts in history! This is ultimate "YA for boys" (although it is written by a woman); it's also deeply nostalgic and kinda terrifying. Expect comparisons to our previous discussion on Stephen King's The Body/Stand By Me, talk about whose story this really is and…
 
In the final minisode of 2020, we each selected a news item to capture a trend in YA for the year. Brenna looks at an evidence-based study out of the UK that has found improvements in the percentage of published authors of colour Flood, Allison. "Number of young adult writers of colour doubles to almost 20%" The Guardian. Sept 29, 2020 Joe , meanwh…
 
Kelly and guest Crystal Maldonado talk about the 2007 YA book My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught and how FAT isn’t a bad word. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! SHOW NOTES Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado My…
 
This week on the pod, we're getting literary with a deep dive into Selvadurai's acclaimed queer coming of age novel (or is it a collection of short stories?) and the long-delayed, highly controversial film adaptation (now available on CBC Gem in Canada and on Netflix in the US). Up for discussion: how the book seamlessly interweaves history and com…
 
Kelly and Hannah take a deep dive into YA nonfiction and YA books in translation, two categories deserving of more love and attention. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! SHOW NOTES SET (the game) “The Five Types of Nonficti…
 
We're on the edge of great courtesy ofJulie and the Phantoms, the candy coloured confection of a Netflix trifle that isn't good per se, but is incredibly enjoyable. Up for discussion: the surprisingly heartfelt exploration of grief and music (shocking no one, both of us cried watching!); the very Vancouver production, Brenna's bemusement at Julie's…
 
Kelly highlights five excellent award-winning YA authors and the backlist titles of theirs you shouldn’t miss. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! SHOW NOTES Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Bad Apple by Laura Ruby Long Way Down by Ja…
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year...for a scavenger hunt across NY city! Brenna and Joe are feeling nostalgia for Big Apple circa Dec 2019 (when the series was filmed), though there's a bit less passion for stars Austin Abrams and Midori Francis, who are well-cast and also mildly aggravating. Plus: we speculate who writes who in the book, ta…
 
Kelly and Hannah answer listener requests for book recommendations. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! SHOW NOTES Short story collection. Preferably fiction and/or fun/uplifting Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet; …
 
Happy 2 years listeners! We're celebrating this milestone with 10 essential texts (ok 11, but who's counting?) that we've covered on the show. Care to wager what makes the list? Plus: Our six least fave texts Our top ten episodes Our "Wish List" of books & comics that we want to see adapted so that we can cover them! Wanna connect with the show? Us…
 
In her first solo Extra Credit episode, Hannah tries not to get too mired in despair and instead focuses on the lessons she learned from Mark Bray on antifascism. This episode is sponsored by Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford, published by Inkyard Press. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even m…
 
The time has come to cover the fall season's buzziest YA adaptation, in which high school seniors are mysteriously popping! And the verdict is: both texts are fine. Lol. For this episode, we're asking the hard hitting questions: -What happens when a book about friendship becomes a movie about romance? (Bye Tess!) -Why do so many wealthy, successful…
 
Brenna: Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins (Nov. 10) A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (Nov 10) The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley (Dec 1) Honourable Mentions: Captain Marvel YA Novel by Shannon and Dean Hale (Dec 31) Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Nov 13 - Netflix) The Prom (Dec 11 - Netflix) Joe:…
 
Hannah and special guest Tim Milner reminisce about high school together and talk becoming YA readers a little late in life and becoming teachers after brief forays into other careers. Tim is a bit lacking in his TBR and needs your book recommendations! This episode is sponsored by Smash It! by Francina Simone, published by Inkyard Press Subscribe …
 
As we head into the last two months of the year, we're in need of some guaranteed enjoyment. Enter The Princess Diaries, wherein 15 year old Mia finds out - and detests - that she's the princess of a fictional European nation called Genovia. Now, we have questions (would the world really be interested in such a small country? Also: why does it have…
 
We're heading to the East Coast of Canada to discuss class, isolation and abortion. The recently released on VOD film is anchored by an amazing performance by Kelly Van der Burg as a small town Newfoundland teen who falls in love with a much older man, Joel Thomas Hynes' Danny Sharpe. Topics include: how appreciative we are that Oates doesn't attem…
 
Kelly dives into the wide world of YA ghost stories. This episode is sponsored by Skyhunter by Marie Lu, with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! Show Notes I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina We Speak in Storms …
 
Just in time for spooky season, we go hunting for bodies in King's novella (or is it a novel?), as well as Rob Reiner's seminal 80s film, which boasts an all-star cast of young male actors (RIP River Phoenix) Up for discussion: the meanness of Castle Rock and the tragic backstories (and future lives) of these protagonists; the purpose of that infam…
 
Kelly and new Hey YA host Hannah talk about girls in sports and dig into great stand-alone YA science fiction and fantasy books. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s mystery thriller podcast, Read or Dead; Winter White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore; and White Fox by Sara Faring, with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podca…
 
On the advice of Max (and liberally stealing a page from Joe's friends' podcast - thanks Talk Movie To Me) we're putting the careers of Kevin Williamson and Judy Blume under the microscope to consider how and why they've made an impact in YA. Homework: Brenna: Lucky Penny by Anath Hirsch & Yuko Ota Giant Days by John Allison A History of My Brief B…
 
Kelly and YA author Kristina Forest talk about Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts, digging into suburban angst, finding yourself, and Marcus Flutie. This episode is sponsored by How to Do It Now by Leslie Josel from Lerner Books. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign…
 
Someone has finally sunk some money into a new Indigenous YA adaptation and we couldn't be more excited! After attempting to tackle the sprawling, slow burn narrative of Robinson's book (don't call it magical realism), Brenna and Joe discuss why this tale needed to be adapted by an Indigenous creative. Expect lots of gushing praise for break out Jo…
 
After a fortuitous series of social media connections, Meredith Russo joins us for a chat that encompasses a little bit of class politics, a little bit of video gaming and a little bit of punning. In addition to giving us an overview of her career, Meredith tells us about the ways that fiction is always already autobiography, how her work addresses…
 
Special guest Jessica Pryde, of our When In Romance podcast, dives into Darius The Great Is Not OK by Adib Khorram. This episode is sponsored by Tor Teen. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
As requested by listeners, we're kicking off a new season of the pod with a book that combines manic pixie dream people with healthy doses of ableism! Strap yourselves in for a mixed episode from Brenna and a downright hostile episode from Joe, who finds both texts "baffling." Up for discussion: Haley's many blandly titled projects, Niven's confoun…
 
Ready for a 40 year run down of Degrassi? Well Brenna has you covered as she walks Joe through the cultural importance of the series, its evolution across multiple broadcasters (public and private), how it handled sensitive topics in non-patronizing, but still teen-friendly ways and why suddenly we may need to consider a future episode on Road to A…
 
We're finally getting around to a listener request. Poor Kadija requested Holes ages ago, but we're finally ready to tackle the story of poor Stanley Yelnats. Up for discussion: how femininity is used as a weapon, as well as the absence of mothers and maternal figures. We're very impressed at the readability of Sachar's book considering it's basica…
 
Eric and Kelly talk about YA where fandoms clash, followed by a recommendationpalooza of recent YA horror. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life., Ever After by Olivia Vieweg, from Lerner Books, and Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu from Lerner Books. Sub…
 
Right off the top, we're super excited for Michelle Latimer's Trickster (click for the trailer), an adaptation of Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster. Brenna: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Exonerated Five (Sept 1) Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe (Sept 8) Thoughts and Prayers by Bryan Bliss (Sept 29) Honourable mentions: bookstor…
 
Eric is joined by Aiden Thomas, author of the highly anticipated debut novel Cemetery Boys, to talk favorite backlist titles and bad reading location decisions. This episode is sponsored by Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest, with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news …
 
After hearing so much about what this book means to fans - particularly young girls - Brenna and Joe are surprised to discover that it has not aged with. Blame the current pandemic, but a story that prioritizes individuality above all else doesn't quite the same way in a society that refuses to even wear a mask for the greater good. There's also th…
 
To celebrate the great Kirsten Dunst/Gabrielle Union showdown of 2000, Joe makes Brenna watch Bring It On ! While some of the racial politics and its approach to queerness haven't aged particularly well, we appreciate the white girls coming in second, a competitive approach to female rivalry and a bounty of sassy dialogue. Faring less well is direc…
 
Kelly and guest host Carmen of @TomesandTextiles offer up a pile of incredible Latinx backlist YA books for your reading needs. This episode is sponsored by Random House Books for Young Readers and GetUnderlined.com. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our…
 
When we said we wanted more female stories in YA, this isn't *exactly* what we meant. Sadly Gloeckner's autobiographical comic/memoir is a misfire for us from both a storytelling and content perspective. Heller's film is a stronger, more streamlined approach but it features a distractingly beautiful Alexander Skarsgård in what is meant to be a frum…
 
Eric and Kelly take a deep dive into YA books that feature protests, as well as YA books with extensive casts. This episode is sponsored by Read or Dead, Book Riot’s mystery/thriller podcast; TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering reading recommendations personalized to your reading life; and Flatiron Books, publishers of Court of Lions by …
 
After bringing this bizarre oddity to our attention, we invite returning guest Lucia Lorenzi to chat with us about just what creators Keetgi Kogan and David H. Steinberg are trying to do with the series (spoiler: they think they're making ground breaking television). Nothing about this makes sense, and yet the series is compulsively watchable thank…
 
As a special bonus for Hey YA listeners, please enjoy this ode to Meg Medina from Get Booked’s Amanda Nelson. This episode is sponsored by the Kids These Days Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more YA news and recommendations, sign up for our What’s Up in YA newsletter! See omnystudio.com/l…
 
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