Posted on 03/05/2019 at 05:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Perhaps we’re not alerting you to the fact that another YA novelist has pulled their work due to criticisms over the sensitivity of its content.
If you already knew about Kosoko Jackson and the A Place for Wolves brouhaha, we’d still recommend heading over to Slate, which has a thought-provoking piece on the rise in such incidents.
Worth noting: Slate’s Ruth Graham points out that, at least in the most recent debates over YA books, the outrage appeared to all come from adults; teens weren’t flocking to social media to excoriate or defend the writers.
For those who missed the original story, Jackson is a well-known sensitivity reader who worked with many large YA publishers.
So his debut novel, A Place for Wolves, was expected to make positive waves for its portrayal of a gay relationship.
Instead, many readers took offense to its setting — during the Kosovo War — and the choice of villain (an ethnic Albanian).
And so that's why Jackson asked his publisher, Sourcebooks, to halt the book and issued an apologetic statement, which you can read in its entirety on Twitter, to close out a tumultuous February for debut YA authors.
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