10 Novels That Should Be Added to the Young Adult Canon: Today in Critical Linking

We hereby vote these books be elevated to the status of universal teen year must-reads, right now. (Some indispensable modern classics—like Speak and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—are excluded here, because, despite repeated censorship attempts, they’re already being read in high schools everywhere.)

If you are looking for some interesting YA for yourself or someone else, this list of 10 Novels That Should Be Added to the YA canon is a great starter.


A short-form novel “coauthored” by humans and an artificial intelligence (AI) program passed the first screening process for a domestic literary prize, it was announced on Monday. However, the book did not win the final prize.

Looks like computers, with the help of humans, are starting to be able to write bad novels.

This poster displays results from the content analysis of youth fiction books published since 2013 with Native American main characters.  75% of books written by non-Native authors were set before 1900, compared with only 20% written by Native authors.  Increasing the time period granularity makes the results even more striking.  No books by non-Native authors were set after 1950, whereas 75% of books by Native authors were, with 2/3 of books written by Native authors set in present day. 

Looks like Rowling isn’t the only non-Native author to be stuck in the past when it comes to writing about Native American characters.

Film rights for The Hate U Give, a YA novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, have sold to Fox 2000,Temple Hill and State Street in a competitive situation.

Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg will star and George Tillman Jr. will direct the film adaptation from a script by Audrey Wells.

This feels like a big deal to me.

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