Two Authors of Feminist Books for Teens on Tour [Guest Post by Amber J. Keyser]

Elana K. Arnold and Amber J. Keyser

YA author Amber J. Keyser writes about feminist books for teens and her “Feminism and the Female Body” book tour with Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Longlist title What Girls Are Made Of. 

A shorter version of this post appeared in this week’s Book Riot’s “What’s Up in YA” September 18 newsletter. 
Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser
As soon as I heard about Elana K. Arnold’s most recent novel, What Girls Are Made Of
, I knew we had to tour together. Her book is a visceral dissection of the enormous pressures on teenage girls. It demands to know why girls are considered consumable objects—sugar and spice—to be devoured by the nearest hungry mouth. She felt similarly about my novel, Pointe, Claw, also a ferocious exploration of the territory of the female body and what sacrifices must be made to claim it as one’s own.
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Poetry Picture Book Cover Reveal: CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR?

Happy cover reveal day to Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship! This poetry picture book was written by Charles Waters and Irene Latham and illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls.

Can I Touch Your Hair? poetry picture book

The book will be released on January 1, 2018, and Irene and Charles are sharing two of the poems from the book today. Visit Irene’s blog to read the first poem in the book, and Charles’s blog to read the second.

Plus, keep reading for the Can I Touch Your Hair? authors’ and illustrators’ notes and photos of the final art.

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New YA Featuring 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Exposes the Complicated Nature of Truth

Truthers YA Conspiracy Book by Geoffrey Girard author note

The latest YA novel from Carolrhoda Lab explores the meaning of truth in a time when alternative views and versions of events are the norm.

Truthers, by Geoffrey Girard, follows 17-year-old Katie Wallace, who was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil on 9/11. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming that the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. Katie is drawn into the strange world of conspiracy theorists. What is fact and what is fiction? Katie no longer knows what to believe.

Publishers Weekly gave the title a starred review:

“A fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value.”—Publishers Weekly

In an author’s note at the end of the book, Girard shares why he felt compelled to write about this tragic event sixteen years after it happened. Read More