YAing News: Week of November 8

Midterms, Essays, Assignments—oh my! Leaves aren’t the only things crunching this November as the impending exam period means students are starting to settle into academic crunch time. The days are getting shorter & UBC students are looking forward to a well-deserved reading week.

But! Before we curl up and read a book (or two!) over the break, we’ve been busy working away behind the scenes here at Young Adulting! We’ve had the pleasure of welcoming many new reviewers aboard & cannot wait to feature them in the coming months. Here’s what’s been happening at Young Adulting so far this month!

YAing Updates

First and foremost, let’s highlight some of the amazing reviews we’ve published since the last newsletter:

  • The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan is a vibrant story that depicts the ripple effects of a war amid the immediacy of the pre-teen experience.” Claudine Yip reviews The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan by Salma Hussain.
  • Hat Cat offers an escape into an enchanting world where characters learn what it means to care and show their appreciation for each other.” Kaitlyn Chan reviews Hat Cat by Troy Wilson, illustrated by Eve Coy.
  • “Monique Polak offers a refreshingly educational and well-researched view into the multifaceted topic of work in her new book Why Humans Work: How Jobs Shape Our Lives and Our World, illustrated by Suharu Ogawa.” Debut reviewer Charlotte Mundy reviews Why Humans Work: How Jobs Shape Our Lives and Our World by Monique Polak, illustrated by Suharu Ogawa.
  • “Johanna Wagstaffe’s Little Pine Cone: Wildfires and the Natural World is a fun, topical and educational read.” Debut reviewer Charlotte Mundy reviews Little Pine Cone: Wildfires and the Natural World.

We have many more reviews from debut reviewers coming your way soon. Make sure to keep checking back for more!

Industry News

For those interested in all things children’s publishing, an exciting virtual panel entitled “An Insider’s Guide to Children’s Publishing” will be available to join over Zoom at 4pm PST on November 16. Organized by UBC’s Creative Writing Department, this panel will be moderated by poet, children’s book author, and professor Jordan Scott, and will feature speakers Sam Devotta, Khary Mathurin, and Amy Tompkins. Read more details about the event and speakers here!

November 2nd was #IReadCanadian Day, an event dedicating to celebrating the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature. While the official day is over, you can still support the initiative by reading books by Canadian authors and illustrators—check out our review page for tons of recommendations!

We’d also like to send a huge congratulations to all the nominees of the Forest of Reading Awards, including Tanya Lloyd Kyi, one of our featured authors here at YAing!

As always, please do send us your news related to children’s and young adult literature at young.adulting@ubc.ca so we can feature them in future newsletters. Our newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. And remember to keep up with us on Twitter and Instagram!

Take care, and happy reading!

The Young Adulting Editors

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