YA novels About SuicideMarch 3, 2019 – 09:08 am

YA novels About Suicide

The two final paragraphs from this blog post really resonated with me last week when I read them. Everyone knows mental illness exists, everyone knows that the effects of mental illness can be terrible, and yet, people don’t want to talk about it. It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s one that needs to be addressed and needs to be approached with more honesty and compassion. Over the last year, depression and suicide have seen more time in the spotlight…

Visual novels on SteamFebruary 11, 2019 – 08:45 am

Visual novels on Steam

Don’t be fooled by the bright colors and seemingly innocent atmosphere of this one. HuniePop on Steam is but an all-ages version of a very adult game available on Mangagamer (site NSFW). Complete with an immersive dating sim, match-3 puzzle system, and a visual novel presentation HuniePop is definitely a unique game. It’s also a successfully funded KickStarter drive from November 2013. It promised originally to deliver by the end of 2014, but a month’s…

YA novels minority protagonistJanuary 7, 2019 – 07:26 pm

YA novels minority protagonist

In order to compile this list, I asked two YA writer friends of mine, Molly Backes and James Klise (; also a school librarian) to help me with some suggestions. The following list will get anybody—boy, girl, youngster, adult—itching to read. I know, I know, a lot of good ones were left off this list, but consider this a jumping off point, and offer your own reading suggestions in the comments! , by James Klise This book, by my friend James Klise…

Visual novels AmericaSeptember 29, 2018 – 12:06 pm

Visual novels America

Former NIS America staff Kickstarting visual novel dungeon RPG Undead Darlings A visual novel dungeon RPG about curing the zombie plague., Mr. Tired Media, a company established by former NIS America marketing manager Ryan Phillips and NIS America localization editor Nick Doerr, has announced Undead Darlings: No Cure for Love , a post-apocalyptic dungeon RPG / visual novel / “horror comedy” game planned in May 2016. A Kickstarter launched today is…

New novels fictionJuly 11, 2018 – 12:05 pm

New novels fiction

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Waters, James Ellroy, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Hilary Mantel and Howard Jacobson. Photographs: Murdo MacLeod/Richard Saker/Sarah Lee/Marco Garcia Murdo Macleod/Richard Saker/Sarah Lee/Marco Garcia AUGUST PR Throughout his career, Amis has had a fascination with the Holocaust and the problem of how to engage imaginatively with a historical horror beyond imagination. He set his 1991 novel, Time s Arrow, in a world…

YA novels to moviesApril 2, 2018 – 11:46 am

YA novels to movies

YA novels that will be/were/currently have plans to be made into films. Some have already been made, some are being made, and some are in the cross-your-fingers-that-they-get-made-and-don t-suck stage. 1. Nemirtinguju kronikos: nuostabus sutverimai (2013) Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. (124 mins.)…

Literature genres for Common CoreSeptember 1, 2017 – 11:42 am

Literature genres for Common Core

The Common Core Standards are easier to navigate once you realize they are organized into four main sections: Standards 1 through 3 deal with text types (genres) and purposes for writing. These standards also address numerous skills important to each of the three umbrella genres the standards cover: narrative, persuasive (argument), and expository/informational (these two are not identical, but are definitely related). More on genre in just a moment…