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Hey YA

From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, the Hey YA podcast is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.

Episode 69.5Messy, Compelling Queer Characters with Lev Rosen

Kelly and YA author Lev Rosen talk about Far From You by Tess Sharpe and dive deep into queer characters who get to be messy.

Episode 69Don’t Make a “Niccceeee” Joke

Eric and Kelly explore summer YA books, as well as highlight incredible new and upcoming queer YA books.

Episode 68.5Extra Credit: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Jamie Pacton

Eric is joined by Middle Grade and Young Adult author Jamie Pacton, to talk about her recent release, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly.

Episode 68On YA “Boy Books” and Driving In The Midwest

Eric and Kelly discuss the problematic idea of "boy books," highlight recent YA with male leads, and dream up surprise books from favorite authors.

Episode 67.5Extra Credit: (Almost) Entirely Historical Fiction with Jordyn Taylor

Eric is joined by Jordyn Taylor, author of forthcoming The Paper Girl of Paris, to talk about World War II YA novels, her debut novel, and two of their favorite backlist picks. 

Episode 67Cinnamon Roll Characters

Eric and Kelly talk about YA Star Wars books and feel-good YA books.

Episode 66.5Extra Credit Humor Reads

Kelly recommends three must-read backlist female-led YA titles that are laugh-out-loud funny.

Episode 66I’m The One Pushing This Agenda

Eric and Kelly talk about YA takes on Shakespeare, as well as offer up some great sports books for YA readers.

Episode 65.5Extra Credit: THE MOTH DIARIES with Samantha Mabry

Is it or is it not a vampire book? Kelly and Samantha Mabry talk about THE MOTH DIARIES by Rachel Klein.

Episode 65The Catnip Episode

Eric and Kelly talk about reading they are -- and aren't -- doing during quarantine and share some recent and soon-to-release YA debuts.

Episode 64.5Extra Credit: Always Bring a Cat with Claribel Ortega

Eric is joined by Claribel Ortega, author of forthcoming Ghost Squad, to talk about ghosts in YA, podcasting, and some favorite backlist titles from ten (or a million) years ago.

Episode 64Delicious Novels and Dad Music

Eric and special guest Tirzah Price talk about music and pop culture in YA, and daydream about fictional bands.

Episode 63.563.5: Extra Credit Backlist Picks with Shveta Thakrar!

Eric is joined by Shveta Thakrar, author of Star Daughter, to talk about two of their favorite backlist titles that you should be reading… and a few more. 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 Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Taken by Erin Bowman Contagion by Erin Bowman When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Episode 63Live: Podcasting While Eating Chocolate Cake

Eric and Kelly come to you live, highlighting a ton of upcoming YA books, as well as audience recommended reads.

Episode 62.5Backlist for Black History Month

Kelly highlights 3 backlist YA titles for Black History Month -- and beyond.