As usual, it takes an actual teenager to cut straight to the heart of the problem in YA fiction. No, it's not the dearth of mysteries or the superabundance of butts on covers. It's Jacobs. Pure and simple. The problem is Jacobs.
Sharp-eyed readers of Publisher Marketplace might have noticed that Laurie Stolarz's Jacob will be returning, along with Stacey, Drea, Amber, PJ, and Chad, in a fifth installment in the Blue is for Nightmares series. Black is for Beginnings will arrive in fall 2009. And it'll be a graphic novel.