Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Taking the Contempts Challenge

The Contempts are a group of 21 YA authors who write contemporary fiction. Each of these 21 authors is publishing a YA contemporary fiction novel sometime between September 2010 and August 2011. Using their new blog and tweets, their goal "is to help teens, booksellers, and librarians connect with and celebrate books that feature true-to-life settings, characters, and situations, and to let publishers know about the ongoing demand for contemporary stories."

Hurrrahhh!! It's about time! I'm getting sick of the whole vampire/zombie/werewolf/shapeshifter onslaught. I just unpacked a book order this morning, and I couldn't believe how many of the titles fell into this category. Yeah, a bunch of new "realistic fiction" books were there, too, but the number of fantasy books featuring a vampire were overwhelming!

I don't know about you other school librarians, but I'm ready for the whole Twilight ripple effect to peter out. Although I'm sick of this genre, I guess I shouldn't complain about it too much, as kids DO read it. Ultimately, I'm happy to get ANY book into their hands - even if it does feature blood sucking and howling at the moon.

Even though I'm overjoyed to have a kid read anything -- I'm ready for the tide to turn! So, I'm accepting the Contemps Challenge.

About the Challenge: "Love to read contemporary fiction? Accept the Contemps Challenge and promise to read at least 18 of the 21 upcoming Contemps books between now and August 15, 2011. One lucky challenger will win the grand prize: ALL 21 of our books! That's like a whole bookshelf of books!" Details on entering the challenge are here.

I'll review all the books I read for the challenge, so stay tuned!

Anyone else ready for the next big thing (as long as it's not fantasy)?

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