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I'm Nova Ren Suma. I wrote the YA novels 17 & GONE and IMAGINARY GIRLS (both out now from Dutton/Penguin). My new novel, THE WALLS AROUND US, is coming March 24, 2015, from Algonquin YR.


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“Gender Balance in YA Award Winners Since 2000” at Lady Business — A fascinating look into the stats behind YA awards by gender of protagonists and authors, addressing the common belief that boys don’t read YA because there are too many girls in it.

Very eeenteresting. I do think books by boys and about boys are more likely to win awards, because we’re all taught to think that boys’ stories are more serious, more vital, more weighty, talking about a boy is an intelligent thing to do, a boy’s life and mind is the right thing to explore, and women’s stories do not matter as much. None of this is true, of course, but we’re all influenced by terrible things, floating around in society: even the ones we know aren’t true.

I found this particular graph very interesting as well. Sadly so.

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    Hello, actual data.
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    A bit troubling, imo…
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    I found this particular graph very interesting as well. Sadly so.
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    This was really fascinating!
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    I thought it was more that girls will happily read a story with a male protagonist, but adults don’t see boys being as...
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    *flips table*
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    Consider it done ;)
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    Basically, either there are plenty of book by and about guys in YA, or the awards are intensely skewed toward books by...
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    I watched this project form and am super proud of Ana for accomplishing it. Although trying to figure out some of those...
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