Thursday News: Penguin’s new 13-year old author, NYT lament on YA, NoiseTrade’s free books, and Zane’s money woes

Thursday News: Penguin’s new 13-year old author, NYT lament on YA,...

Sedita said that he was “blown away” when he found out that the series, which will also feature illustrations, was written by a 12-year-old. The story, Sedita added, “reminded me of what it felt like to worry about finding the right classrooms, take impossible pop quizzes, and figure out the rules of popularity… and made me laugh the whole way through.” –Publishers Weekly

The way we yearn for the high end of this work makes the crassness of the current production model all the more infuriating. Young-adult literature is often, in our era, called the last refuge of “good stories.” We think of the best of these books as having a unique, if occasionally idiosyncratic, purity of form and content. That sort of argument actually predates us considerably. C. S. Lewis once wrote, in an oft-quoted article on his affection for the fairy tale, that he liked the form for “its brevity, its severe restraints on description, its flexible traditionalism, its inflexible hostility to all analysis, digression, reflections and ‘gas.’ ” Much if not all of this applies more widely to books ostensibly written for the young. Even we adults, like Lewis, appreciate that they avoid the baggage attached to the more self-evidently literary. –New York Times


The real-life twist on Zane’s success has left some of her readers wondering how Roberts — a well-known businesswoman who is publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and creator and producer of two Cinemax television series, “Zane’s Sex Chronicles” and “Zane’s The Jump Off” — could end up in a financial mess worthy of a character in one of her novels. –Washington Post