Nancy Drew! Is getting a new show! (Maybe!)

From Deadline:

CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty).


The project is a contemporary take on the Nancy Drew character, now in her 30s, who is a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.


*worries about the move from amateur to professional detective*


*worries about the move from River Heights to NYC*


*worries about the age thing*


*wonders if Bess and George will still be cousins, and if not, if they will finally be a couple*


*breathes into paper bag*

Today at Kirkus Reviews...

...I wrote about Amy Lukavics' Daughters Unto Devils, which is SCARY LIKE WHOAAAA:

Even before we get into the backstory of the Verner family’s new cabin, even before Unexplained Things Begin To Happen, the tension comes from EVERYWHERE. It comes from the setting, yes—a blood-soaked cabin will do that—but it also comes from the more everyday dangers of prairie life (rattlesnakes and coyotes). Even more stress comes from the relationships between the characters—Amanda’s father’s nastiness toward her mother, the rift between Amanda and her closest sister—as well as the constantly screaming baby, from the claustrophobia inherent in sharing a small space with a large group of people, from the stress of trying to keep a secret in that environment.

"And you write for them, and you write for you, too."

From Dahlia Adler's lovely essay Becoming My Own Audience:

Sometimes what happens when you write queer YA is you realize you are really getting into writing queer YA. And you are feeling a weird, dull ache when you write certain scenes and realize you’ve written yourself into places you never expected. That you’re writing wish fulfillment you never thought would be your wishes. That you’re spending waaaay too much time finding the perfect tattooed redhead on Pinterest. That your edits push the conversation of bisexuality just a little further each round. That you have been flirting with other women the entire freaking time you have been writing this book and enjoying it more by the day. (And no, none of them are straight. Where did all the straight people go, anyway?)

And suddenly those interview questions, those innocent messages, those offhand comments… they become more.

Not sure what to nominate for the Cybils? Here are some suggestions!

As of this posting, these books haven't been nominated yet... AND THAT IS SAD, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL FABULOUS.

So if you need nomination ideas, have at 'em!

YA Fiction:

Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb
Infandous, by Elana K. Arnold
Not Otherwise Specified, by Hannah Moskowitz
Audacity, by Melanie Crowder
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
This Side of Home, by Renee Watson
Conviction, by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Dumplin', by Julie Murphy
Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds


The Scorpion Rules, by Erin Bow
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, by Katie Alender
Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

MG Fiction:

The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

These are mostly off the top of my head—I'll be sure to make another list towards the end of the nomination period. And if you have favorites that haven't been nominated yet, let me know in the comments!

Nominations for the Cybils are open!