YAing News: Week of March 27

What a glorious spring it’s shaping up to be—the sun is out, the birds are singing, and new books are being published! I’ve been soaking up the warm weather by going on a daily stroll or two, loving each and every daffodil and tulip I come across. And just like the bees, we’ve been rather busy here at Young Adulting! Here’s a roundup of all the exciting reviews and news of the past few weeks:

YAing Updates

Since we last spoke on these digital pages, here are all the reviews we’ve published:

  • “With a touch of murder, a few dark prophecies, and a vampire or two, Stephanie Garber brews the perfect potion for a Young Adult fantasy plot: it’s magical, romantic, and, of course, fabulously angsty.” Hannah Luppe reviews Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
  • “I found this book truly beautiful in the message it is sending to kids everywhere: that their words are strong, and most importantly, that love is powerful!” Evelyn Hussey reviews Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer, illus. LeUyen Pham
  • “Nicholson’s novel follows Holly during her transformative summer as she navigates the choppy waters of being a young athlete, living in a blended family, and experiencing first love.” Audrey Wahking reviews When You Least Expect It by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Check back every Tuesday and Thursday for more reviews of upcoming and new releases!

Industry News


Registration is now open for the 2023 BCLA Library Conference! The conference will be held from April 12 – April 14 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, with a theme of Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors.

Author Jessica Scott Kerrin has designed a practical, six-week creative writing workshop for teens that will show how to harness the driving power of words and the pleasure of writing stories. The series will be delivered (virtually) on Saturdays, from April 22 to May 27 (11:00 am to 12:00 pm AST). Learn more and register here!


A reminder that The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is now accepting submissions for the fall 2023 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens (BBKT)! The submission deadline is March 31! Find more information on how to apply here.

Young, Black and Lit is hosting a family writing contest, where 10 lucky winners and their caregiver will be selected to be published in a collection of short stories and essays! The contest will run until May 1st, and is open to kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Please note that this contest is only open to those who live in the United States. Find out more and apply here!

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 Mondays 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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