Hot Pterodactyls Playing Baseball

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Eric and Kelly discuss the ways graphic novels and YA have excellent crossover appeal, consider why we don’t see enough animals in YA fiction, and round out the show talking about baseball (and books, obviously).


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Show notes:

Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Behind The Cover Design of The Wicker King

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

Monster by Walter Dean Myers and Guy A. Sims

Giant Days by Non Pratt

Runaways by Christopher Golden

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Wire and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld

Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

Squirrel Girl by Shannon and Dean Hale

Lumberjanes by Mariko Tamaki

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

DC’s new line of YA and Middle Grade comics

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Relish by Lucy Knisley

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

March by John Lewis

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Where are the well-rounded animal characters?

Rotten by Michael Northrop

Your Robot Dog Will Die by Arin Greenwood

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions by Amy Spalding

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn

See No Color by Shannon Gibney

A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

Heart of a Champion, Painting the Black, and High Heat by Carl Deuker

Game Seven by Paul Volponi

Center Field by Robert Lipsyte

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith (and yes, Kelly knows what she said about Wrigley Field is wrong — its history of NOT being named after a corporation is a big deal. From Wikipedia: “Ironically given the roots of its name, Wrigley Field had been a notable exception to the trend of selling corporate naming rights to sporting venues. The Tribune Company, owners of the park from 1981 to 2009, chose not to rename the ballpark, utilizing other ways to bring corporate sponsorship into the ballpark. During the mid-1980s, Anheuser-Busch placed Budweiser and Bud Light advertisements beneath the center field scoreboard. Bud Light became the sponsor of the rebuilt bleachers in 2006.”)

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