1. Dora the Explorer celebrated her 10th birthday yesterday, to great fanfare. We’re celebrating here with a Dora book display and, of course, some very adorable Dora coloring pages.
2. It turns out that the adults-who-read-YA book club I’m in here is not as unique as I thought! There are lots and lots of adult women (and men!) reading and enjoying young adult literature. And no wonder:
â€œA lot of adult literature is all art and no heart,â€ [Amanda] Foreman, who is currently working on a book about British involvement in the American Civil War, said. â€œBut good Y.A. is like good television. Thereâ€™s a freshness there; itâ€™s engaging. Y.A. authors arenâ€™t writing about middle-aged anomie or Âdisappointed people.â€