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It’s YASH season! The scavenger hunt for YA books is on

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For most people, fall means apple picking, foliage, and pumpkin-spice everything. For the young adult literature community, it usually means something else: the YA Scavenger Hunt is starting. Held in the spring and fall, the hunt (or YASH) is an online event that lasts only 72 hours. But in those three short days, readers have the chance to win dozens of books, special prizes and read exclusive content from their favorite authors. The best part? There are no publishing houses in sight. This is an event created by authors for readers and it’s designed to expose audiences to as many new YA novels as possible.       YASH is the brainchild of YA authors Colleen Houck  and Beth Revis,…

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Liz Prince’s Tomboy looks at growing up outside of gender norms

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Liz Prince’s graphic memoir Tomboy opens with the cartoonish 4-year-old Liz screaming and crying as her parents huddle around her. “I’m just trying to get her to wear this dress,” her exasperated mother reports about the garment sent by her grandmother. Two pages later, after unsuccessful coaxing, her mother turns to her father and instructs him, “Tell your mom, ‘No more dresses,’ OK?” On its own, this early memory stands as something of an amusing anecdote. But soon after, we witness the ways that Liz’s peers are much less understanding than her parents when it comes to gender norms and expectations. The book takes us through incident after incident in which Liz is shamed, taunted, questioned, and even abused because…

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