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A Gift From The Characters: The 11-Song Soundtrack For THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Art inspires art, and characters become real. Here are the eleven songs the characters in THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH are recommending to readers...

Nicola Yoon Talks "The Sun is Also a Star"

Camryn Garrett | Posted 11.01.2016 | Home
Camryn Garrett

Nicola Yoon is back with another love story that will make readers swoon. Inspired by Big History, The Sun is Also a Star tells the story of two teens...

Jenise Aminoff on Kickstarter, Writing, and Getting Her Novel Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.26.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Jenise Aminoff at the New England SCBWI Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. She wowed us with her awesome pitch at our Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books), and we were absolutely sure that she was going to be a published author sooner rather than later.

To Remember 9/11, Read A Book

Saadia Faruqi | Posted 09.14.2016 | Home
Saadia Faruqi

The contribution of fiction writers is often underrated when it comes to dealing with tough subjects like 9/11. But experts agree that fiction is a powerful way to understand complex ideas.

A Wild New Fairy Tale Breaks Down The Barrier Between Good And Evil

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts Before the earwormy Disney hit “Frozen...

Should We Censor What Teens Read?

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 06.09.2016 | Home
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

I was walking back from my high school's audio-visual room with my English 9 students. We were all carrying our new class book, a memoir titled The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Q&A with Author Molly Ringle on Writing and Her Persephone/Hades 'Greek God Fan-Fiction'

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Pam Stucky

There are some people who were born to write, and author Molly Ringle is one of them. When I see her approach to writing and the way she writes, or he...

Michael Vance Gurley on Publishing His Historical Gay Hockey Novel

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
David Henry Sterry

We first met Michael Vance Gurley when he won our Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) in Anderson's Bookshop (one of our favorite bookstores...

Reviewing Away Running

Timothy Braun | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Timothy Braun

This book has fire behind the words that sneak up and burn you down when you least expect it. Away Running is complicated and thought provoking, a book of physical untamed words.

Art Girls, Brooklyn, Camp and JonBenét Ramsey

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.17.2017 | Home
Courtney M. Soliday

Jake Fogelnest's memorabilia tweets make me self conscious about not having tangible media (because Audible). I've started buying books. I just finis...

The Struggle Is So Real In Hilariously Retitled Vintage Paperbacks

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.07.2016 | Arts

$6 #books— Paperback Paradise (@paprbckparadise) March 14, 2016 No piece of art more effectively captures what lie...

The Gay Young Adult Novel You've Been Waiting For Is Finally Here

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.01.2016 | Queer Voices

Award-winning novelist Tim Federle makes his first foray into young adult fiction with The Great American Whatever, and it's every bit worth the wait....

Five Young Adult Novels You Need to Read in the First Half of 2016

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 03.11.2017 | Home
Lelia Nebeker

Working in an independent bookstore, our mantra is, "So many books, so little time." I took the liberty of sharing five standout titles that have been or will be released in the first half of this year that you absolutely need to read.

5 Things All Louise Rennison Fans Know To Be True

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts

I remember wanting to hide the first Georgia Nicolson book from my parents. I was in middle school, and the neon green paperback blared the words thon...

Black and Brown Bodies in Public Spaces: An Interview with Novelist, Ashley Hope Pérez

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 02.01.2017 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

This novel is as stunning as it is truthful, a narrative shaped by history and love that honestly explores racism, abuse and a young woman's tenacity to fashion a life on her own terms. Pérez has contributed an important, meticulously crafted book to young adult literature.

5th Wave Author Says His Book Is Better Than The Hunger Games

Quora | Posted 01.25.2017 | Entertainment

It's better! Just kidding. All three series star a young female protagonist struggling against nearly impossible odds. That's about where the similarities end. Total disclosure here: I read THG only after I finished the first 5th Wave book and I still haven't gotten around to Divergent.

13 Books to Read Before They're Movies in 2016

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.07.2017 | Parents
Common Sense Media

From sweet children's classics to edge-of-your seat dystopian thrillers to swoon-worthy romances, movie adaptations of kids' and teen books in 2016 are likely to be big box-office draws for families. If you or your kids like to read 'em before you see 'em, here's a list to help you get ready between January and next Christmas.

Meet Jake Marcionette, the Youngest New York Times-Bestselling Author

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Xaque Gruber

When he was twelve years old, Florida-based Jake Marcionette released his debut book, Just Jake, a loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure.

Fake Friends, Fake Boys, Fake Love: "Identity Crisis" Exposes Online Fakers

Sue Scheff | Posted 01.04.2017 | Parents
Sue Scheff

When you read this book, you can actually feel the hurt that both girls are experiencing. Afterwards, you will come away with a new sense of empathy -- and want to be sure that no one ever does this to someone you love.

Booksplosion: The YouTube Trio You Need on Your Radar

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Valerie Tejeda

It's no secret YouTube basically rules the world these days. So much so, its become one of the most popular places readers go for young adult book recommendations.

38 Best First Lines in Novels (YA Edition)

Mary Jane Hathaway | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home
Mary Jane Hathaway

All great authors know that a killer first line is almost more important than the first few pages, and authors put in hours of work just to get the right sentence on paper.

Best Teen Romances of 2015

Kirkus | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home

Originally published on Kirkus. For a full list of the Best Teen Books of 2015, click here....

Top 10 YA Books of 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Lisa Parkin

Books inspire us and thrill us, move us and change us. Below are some of the young adult books that did all those things and more in 2015. Writing a ...

'The Last September': A Conversation with Nina de Gramont

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

The Last September by Nina de Gramont traces the aftermath of a murder in Cape Cod through the point of view of the recent widow, Brett.

Adolescent Maneuvering of Loss and Grief

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Melanie Bishop

A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel is an exquisite debut novel about a father/daughter river trip gone horribly wrong. Classified as young adult due to the age of the protagonist, this book is entirely relevant for readers of all ages.