We have started to settle into the LRC in the new building.
One of this week's articles in The Day features the CILIP Carnegie Cup winning book The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.
The article focuses on the current debate: Is young adult literature too dark? Click on the banner above to read the full article.
I can't believe I fell for it.
It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor.There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.
What's he going to do to me?
What am I going to do?
If I'm right, the lift will come down in five minutes.
It did. Only this time it wasn't empty...
This is the winner of the 2014 Cilip Carnegie Medal. Room meets Lord of the Flies, The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks' pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true - and how will you survive?
Of course, The Bunker Diary isn't the only dark YA book being criticised. One of the sparks for the current debate was the following quote taken from an article in The Wall Street Journal:
“It is wrong that young readers are surrounded by images not of joy or beauty but of damage, brutality and losses of the most horrendous kinds."
- The Wall Street Journal
Young people all over the world responded to this quote on Twitter starting the #YASaves campaign arguing that lots of young people have been helped through their own problems by reading dark YA fiction.
What are your thoughts?