aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

The golden age – looks like I timed it wrong again

The Seattle Post Intelligencer say now is a wonderful time for YA lit. Of course, right now what am I working on? Another adult mystery series.

But I still have two YAs in the works: Fire, Kiss, Electric Chair and Shadows Walking Backward. And I just found out Shock Point, my most recent YA, is on the 2007 New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age" list. (I've heard other libraries and schools use this list to help make purchase decisions. I sure hope so!) So between these three books, maybe I'll be able to ride the wave for a while.

In part, the article says, that this is "one of the most fertile periods in the history of young adult literature. It's a time of strong writing and strong sales as readers in the 12-to-18 age group rock the marketplace.

""Kids are buying books in quantities we've never seen before," said Booklist magazine critic Michael Cart, a leading authority on young adult literature. "And publishers are courting young adults in ways we haven't seen since the 1940s."

"Credit a bulging teen population, a surge of global talent and perhaps a bit of Harry Potter afterglow as the preteen Muggles of yesteryear carry an ingrained reading habit into later adolescence. Not only are teen book sales booming -- up by a quarter between 1999 and 2005, by one industry analysis -- but the quality is soaring as well. Older teens in particular are enjoying a surge of sophisticated fare as young adult literature becomes a global phenomenon.""

Read more here.

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