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18 YA Books For Summer Reading Procrastinators

The Huffington Post | Carly Steyer | Posted 07.24.2014 | Teen

Between the stress of school work, the social scene, extracurricular activities and other obligations, I oftentimes feel like I don’t have much time...

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Go 'Behind The Scenes' With Dahlia Adler's YA Debut

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

It's only mid-summer, which means there's still plenty of time to get in a good beach read. Enter Dahlia Adler's Behind The Scenes: It's funny, contemporary, and also extremely heartfelt.

Author Katherine Howe Talks About Her Latest 'Conversion'

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.10.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe really shows her ability to craft a suspenseful and compelling young adult novel with her latest book Conversion.

Mary E. Pearson on The Kiss of Deception & Writing YA Books

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

I recently chatted with Mary E. Pearson about her book's unique changes in point of view and writing and reading young adult literature.

Unarmed And Dangerous: On Writing A Thriller With No Guns

Diana Renn | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Diana Renn

I quickly discovered how tough it is to write a thriller with no guns. A gun is an obvious representation of power. A gun requires no words.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

Beloved Children's Book Author Dies At 76

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices

Author Walter Dean Myers died on Tuesday at the age of 76 after a brief illness, publisher HarperCollins said in a statement. Myers was the author...

Author Maggie Stiefvater Talks About Her Brand-New Book Sinner

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.02.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

On any given day you can find Maggie Stiefvater doing something different from the day before. 'I think a big part of being me is nothing is ever typical," she says. "You can me find working on a hobby, writing, driving my car some place fast or surrounded by my goats... Everyday is different.'

Reflecting on 20 Years of The Giver

Lois Lowry | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Lois Lowry

The important thing is that a film doesn't obliterate a book. The movie is here now. But the book hasn't gone away. It has simply grown up, grown larger, and begun to glisten in a new way.

7 Things Only YA Book Fans Will Understand

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Every fandom has its own jargon, inside jokes and wacky memes. Young adult book fans are no different and add their own crazy literary flair.

Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

Quassan Castro | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Poor children are most vulnerable to decline in reading skills during the summer. Ninety percent of reading achievement loss for disadvantaged youth takes place during the scorching summer months.

The Murder Complex Is a Killer Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Everything changes for Meadow once she meets Zephyr James -- a programmed assassin with a shattered memory who is trying to put together the pieces of his life. Is there meeting a coincidence? Or is there more to them crossing paths?

24 Books That Will Captivate Your Kids This Summer

Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

HuffPost blogger Devon Corneal is grateful that her kid is in school for another week. She's sorry that the rest of your children are already running ...

Q&A With Leigh Bardugo, Author of Ruin and Rising

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

This is a series to read immediately -- especially because Ruin and Rising will be available June 17. I recently chatted with the author, Leigh Bardugo, about the final Grisha trilogy novel, George R.R. Martin and what she's up to next.

Books That Grow With You: The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.13.2014 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Out of respect for that fear, and the memories I want to enshrine, I tend to leave my childhood books undisturbed on the shelf. But some books can withstand the test of our aging and grow with us, like a second skin.

8 Fantasy Sequels That Are Definitely Worth Your Time

Danie Ware | Posted 06.13.2014 | Books
Danie Ware

A list is a very personal evil. It has to be books you've read (otherwise you're cheating), and books you've liked (otherwise you're telling porkies). And it has to offer a selection of varied authors (otherwise you'll be taken outside and shot).

10 Books For Kids Who Hate Reading

Lisa Graff | Posted 06.13.2014 | Books
Lisa Graff

Do you have a kid like Albie who would rather eat Brussels sprouts than read a single page of "fine literature?" Here are ten amazing books -- some well-known, others less so -- sure to grab even the most reluctant of readers.

Why I Refuse To Remove Swear Words From My YA Book

Brian Conaghan | Posted 06.13.2014 | Books
Brian Conaghan

Let's face facts: language exists, it evolves, it grows, it's the only weapon of the sub-cultures, the working classes, the ghettoized; the majority. If we start to control and impose authority over what we say and create the next thing to go will be our thoughts. Think about that.

8 Modern YA Novels to Pair With Classroom Classics

Zola Books | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Zola Books

The school year is winding down, which means that teens (young people of any age, really) can finally give the classics a rest and dive instead into the young adult novels that really reflect what it's like to grow up today.

'Hexed' - Witches, Romance, & Tons of Fun

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

If you like cheerleaders, hot guys, and witchcraft (who doesn't, right?), you need to add Hexed by Michelle Krys to your summer reading list, and pronto!

YA and the Shame Game

Elizabeth Vail | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Elizabeth Vail

Pleasure begets pleasure. The unfettered enjoyment of YA fiction now experienced by both adults and teenagers -- age groups that used to be at odds -- has led to increased exchanges of ideas and recommendations, the revitalization of the Internet reading community.

Daughter of Chaos Full of Magic, Mythology and More

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Daughter of Chaos is honestly a must for anyone whose a fan of young adult fantasy. I was fortunate enough to chat with author Jen McConnel to get the inside scoop on her magical novel.

BookExpo America 2014: Books, Events and Authors to Watch for

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

BookExpo America commences in one week, and with hundreds of authors, events and signings, it's a busy and confusing place to be. I talked with a few publishers who helped me narrow down what young adult book fans should do at BEA.

My Secret Life As a Competitive Swimmer

Bianca Turetsky | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Bianca Turetsky

Swimming let me be competitive in a way that I wasn't in any other part of my adolescent life, which I think is a trait that's so critically important to encourage, particularly in young girls who are often taught to be nice, to compromise