HBook Podcast 1.16 - Drugs 'n' Booze in YA

Horn Book Podcast the sixteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about booze, drugs, and young adult lit.

Books we talk about
John Montroll and Min Sung Ku, Wonder Woman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Warrior Princess (DC Origami)
Justine Larbalestier, My Sister Rosa
Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Boys series
Anonymous, Go Ask Alice
April Genevieve Tucholke, Wink Poppy Midnight
David Almond, Song for Ella Grey
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, All American Boys
Judith Vigna, My Big Sister Takes Drugs and I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So Much
Jeffrey Zuehlke, Fighter Planes
Steve Sheinkin, Most Dangerous
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

People we talk about
Maurice Sendak
Elizabeth Law
Ken Donaldson
Alleen Pace Nilson
Kazia Berkley-Cramer
Ernest Hemingway
Sheila Egoff

Things we talk about
This American Life
Horn Book Guide
School Library Journal
Siân’s origami
The House that Alice Built
THAT song
SMART Recovery
That VOYA thing
New parenting blog
Storytime chair
Amazon best sellers about substance abuse
Best YA featuring sex, drugs, and rock n roll (from 2012)
YALSA--learn from their mistakes (March 2016)

Reading List!
Fun, chill, or set dressing
Wink Poppy Midnight, April Genevieve Tucholke
If You’re Lucky, Yvonne Prinz
The Haters, Jesse Andrews
Caraval, Stephanie Garber
Exit, Pursued by a Bear, E. K. Johnston
A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond
All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Vivian Apple books, Katie Coyle
The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black
Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

Ruin your life
Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Love That Split the World, Emily Henry
Cut Both Ways, Carrie Mesrobian
Survive the Night, Danielle Vega
Crank, Ellen Hopkins
Go Ask Alice, “Anonymous”
Dope Sick, Walter Dean Myers
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, Isabel Quintero
Inexcusable, Chris Lynch

Raven Boys series, Maggie Stiefvater
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar


Call in: Michelle from IL
Hervé Tullet, Let’s Play and Press Here
Christie Matheson, Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star
Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Matthew Cody, Powerless
Kate Beasley and Jillian Tamaki, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness 
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.
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Carrie Mesrobian

Great topic. I also feature alcohol and drug use without overt consequences in PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY and SEX & VIOLENCE. Another book that features drinking/drugs as just part of the adolescent milieu in Brandy Colbert's POINTE.

Posted : Jun 13, 2016 03:56

Siân Gaetano

Great suggestions--this list is definitely not a comprehensive guide to all "Chill" and "Ruin Your Life" booze n drugs books. There are so many awesome books out there :) I appreciate the additions! And thanks for listening!

Posted : Jun 13, 2016 03:56


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