The weekly web ramble (6/10)

Links from the web jungle


– So you’ve probably heard about The Wall Street Journal article that bashed YA for being too dark

– And about how Twitter immediately exploded in disgust, via the hashtag #YAsaves (here’s one immediately tweeted response from Libba Bray)

– Overall the responses were amazing: here’s literary agent Janet Reid on why she won’t apologize for reading, representing and selling YA books

– And the LA Review of Books on why it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness


Sherman Alexie joined the fray, with this brilliant response to The Wall Street Journal article: Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood

Jackie Morris Kessler, one of the authors whose books were named in The Wall Street Journal article, responds

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, speaks out about The Wall Street Journal article

– In response to The Wall Street Journal article, Harry Connolly take a look at the hang-wringing over kids nowadays

Veronica Roth on why we should be more shocked by the world than the books

– And Shannon Hale reminds us that back in 2006, The Wall Street Journal was slamming YA for being too “fluffy,” and here is how she responded

And so the moral of this story is: book people are AWESOME.


– Check out the first chapter of Kitty’s Big Trouble (Kitty Norville #9) from Carrie Vaughn

– Read the first chapter from Jennifer Lynn BarnesTrial By Fire (Raised by Wolves #2)

– Check out an excerpt from The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

– Read an excerpt from Death Sentance (Escape from Furnace #3) by Alexander Gordon Smith

– Check out an excerpt from Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham