Growing up, my favorite book was A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It was about smart kids and other dimensions, both of which I could relate to at the time. Never did I think twice about the fact that its protagonist was a girl.
But in 2016, the book world's knee-jerk reaction is apparently to not even bother trying to market a YA novel with a female protagonist to boys (and perhaps vice-versa), according to author Shannon Hale.
She threw in some retweets from parents telling them their boys had no problems with girl protagonists.
Hale then continued:
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