The latest Discworld book, The Shepherd’s Crown, doesn’t just have the task of wrapping up the story of Tiffany Aching, trainee witch. It’s also the very last Discworld book, since author Terry Pratchett sadly passed away earlier this year. The good news is, this is a solid ending to both stories.
Scandinavians are just a lot more relaxed about certain things. Like, one popular Norwegian book for eight-year-olds includes lessons on how to masturbate. Author Ingelin Røssland, writing in the Guardian, explains just how far children’s and young-adult titles can go in Scandinavia.
We don’t usually admire young-adult heroes for their brains. In fact, watching a young adventurer make mistakes can be part of the whole “growing up” storyline. But there’s also something to be said for a smart cookie. Who’s the smartest, most resourceful young-adult hero of them all?
Just how carefully did J.K. Rowling plot out her Harry Potter novels? Incredibly carefully, it turns out. Behold a chapter-by-chapter spreadsheet of Order of the Phoenix, covering the prophecy, Ginny and Cho, Snape, and a bunch of other stuff.
When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The Giver. City of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator, librarian Mina Hong tells io9.
Lately, the best young-adult novels have felt like perfect action-adventure stories, with characters who run from danger... into even greater danger. Case in point: Here's the first chapter of Stranger by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, which hits the ground running, and just keeps getting more exciting.
If you've been waiting for the right time to check out acclaimed fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie, then his new novel Half a King is probably the perfect jumping-on point. It's short, with a sympathetic main character, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of neat world-building. Highly recommended.
Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes are two fantasy authors who've been leaving their mark on the genre. We sat down with them at the Tucson Festival of Books recently, and they explained why they're drawn to taboo subjects.
There's a lot riding on Divergent, which comes out this Friday. Studios are hoping it'll show there are still audiences for young-adult films other than Hunger Games, after the dismal performance of several other films. But also, says the Wall Street Journal, there's hope it'll rescue the struggling young-adult book…