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Ellen Oh has been called a force of nature, and it’s true - the woman can get things done. But she’s also a fierce friend and loving mom, whose nearly decade-long quest to publication with debut novel PROPHECY was started because she couldn’t find books that reflected her story, or the Korean history she found so fascinating. Ellen can be serious, sure (I mean, she was a lawyer), but her laugh is infectious and she’s a laser-focused ball of energy when it comes to talking about history, how her kids are her toughest critique partners, and of course, spearheading the We Need Diverse Books campaign. Her next book, KING - the final book in the Dragon King Chronicles - is due out in December 2014 from Harper Teen!

Ellen Oh Show Notes

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Study showing that teens read for 4 minutes on weekends

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Ellen’s blog post on Angry Asian Man

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks panel: audio and transcript

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Stamps from around the world honoring kid lit. Check ‘em out!

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Yes!! Awesome books!!

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Let’s do this.

Tomorrow is our first PPL YA Author Fest.  We’ve been spamming your dash for a good few months now with information on this event and it’s finally here.

12 YA authors in our library, meeting, greeting, discussing, signing.  We couldn’t have asked for a better first class of writers and we’re thrilled to host them tomorrow.

So we’ll keep this short (because we’re busy moving furniture, setting up, and generally running around like crazy people to make this the most awesome thing EVER.

If you’re joining us, thank you a million times over.  Come prepared for fun (and quite possibly a crowd.)

If you can’t join us, be on the lookout for pictures and maybe a video or two from the day’s events up next week.  We’ll have lots of pictures.

The PPL YA Author Fest.  1 Day.  12 Authors.  Your Books.  Your World.

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June had a lot of new YA releases, and we’re closing out the month with one more: J.R. Johansson’s PARANOIA, the second book in her Night Walkers series. In our interview, she talks about the book she’s working on now (!!!), why she writes what she does, and the characters she loves.


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Final countdown time.

4 days to go.  3 authors remain.

Mindy McGinnis.  Author.  Librarian (aka a sister in arms).  Friend of PPL.  And here we thought we’d have trouble summing her up in a few words….

We were lucky enough to host Mindy at our library back in March (click through for photos), where she talked about the inspiration behind her novel Not A Drop To Drink.  We had a great crowd, a great time, and Mindy was kind enough to stay afterwards and talk shop - and great books - with some audience members.

Not A Drop To Drink is about survival, family, and knowing yourself.  It’s about being able to adapt when your world suddenly changes and everything you thought you knew doesn’t make sense anymore.  And it’s a sparse book, every word used in just the right way at the right time. Lynn has only ever known what  Mother taught her - defend the pond in their backyard at any cost to survive.  But when Lynn’s life changes, when the landscape changes, can Lynn change as well?

Mindy will be talking killer thrillers and the art of writing good characters (and maybe sharing a few details on her second book, In A Handful of Dust) with us on July 26th but hey, don’t rely on us - read Not A Drop To Drink, and then meet Mindy at the Pickerington Public Library and get your book signed!

The PPL YA Author Fest.  1 Day.  12 Authors.  Your Books.  Your World.  A Huge Event.


Animated cover for IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by mindymcginnis!


Animated cover for IN A HANDFUL OF DUST by mindymcginnis!

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The #SVYALit Project: Using YA Lit to talk about sexual violence and consent in the lives of teens. Here are a few book lists and book reviews.

Because No Always Mean No, a list of books dealing with sexual assault  
Take 5: Difficult books on an important topic (sexual violence)
Take 5: Sexual Violence in the Life of Boys  
Book Review: The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely 
Thinking About Boys, Sex, and Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian 
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton 
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison  
Discussing THE S WORD by Chelsea Pitcher, a guest post by Lourdes Keochgerien
5 Reasons I Loved Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Khuen
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Uses for Boys by Erica Loraine Scheidt
Killer Instinct by S. E. Green

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Sex/Consent Positive Titles: Karen’s List Christa’s List Carrie’s List

See the complete #SVYALit Project Index Here:

This is important. Could very well help those struggling to read these books. Don’t leave anyone in the dark.

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Ellen Oh, YA author of the Prophecy seriesEllen Oh, YA author of the Prophecy series, recently weighed in on the inappropriate and unfair treatment of diverse books; specifically the way that they are handled like ‘special interest’ books instead of being promoted as much as other titles.

“Diverse books shouldn’t be considered “special interest” and shelved in a separate area. If books containing minority characters are special interest, then any book with a talking animal should be separated into a ‘non-human category.’”

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