Lisa and I spent a couple of hours yesterday going over reviews of newly published young adult books, deciding what to order, what to watch and maybe order in the future, what to forget about entirely.
Young adult books are, by many accounts, the healthiest area of the publishing field; one young adult author I know told me that itâ€™s the fastest growing sector of the market.Â Iâ€™ve also heard, from another author who had written what he thought was an adult novel, that his agent told him heâ€™d have a better chance of being published if it was a young adult book, and that the book would last longer if it was categorized as young adult.Â All very interesting, and very promising.Â The books that Lisa and I looked at yesterday cover a broader range of subjects than I remember from eight years ago (when I was at Simmons) and are getting to be less â€œissue booksâ€ and more quality books.Â In addition, we discovered a lot of great non-fiction books for young adults.
Iâ€™m especially excited about Respect: A Girlâ€™s Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line is Crossed by Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym.Â Lisa discovered a review of this book somewhere, and requested a copy from another library, so weâ€™ve been able to preview it.Â Though at first itÂ seemed controversial (hence wanting to preview it), it is a thoughtful guide for teenage girls in how to assert themselves in a positive way, respecting themselves and their own opinions while still being kind to other people.Â Particularly great is the chapter on Sex â€” I was a little worried at first that this chapter might get some knickers in a twist, but in actuality it stresses the emotional aspect of sex over the physical aspects.Â The authors gently teach their readers that self-respect is a key element of sex, and ultimately their advice might keep girls from getting into situations for which theyâ€™re not yet ready.Â Best of all, as in the rest of the book, the authors suggest specific wording to use in awkward situations/conversations (like the â€œIf you loved me, youâ€™d sleep with meâ€ conversation).
Needless to say, we ordered this title today, along with forty-nine others.Â A big order, yes, but it should keep us for a couple of months before we put in another big order.Â Keep your eyes out for these new books to be hitting the libraryâ€™s shelves in a couple of weeks (when our catalogerâ€™s back from a well-deserved vacation!).