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10 Books to Read While Waiting Impatiently for Maleficent

Colleen Oakes | Posted 06.17.2014 | Books
Colleen Oakes

Less than two months until Angelina Jolie hits the screen as Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in Disney's upcoming movie. While you wait, here are 10 books to tide you over until the movie premieres!

See Me is a Charming, Quirky and Magical Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Wendy Higgins' See Me is not your typical paranormal romance. In an industry full of vampires, witches, mermaids, and angels, it's refreshing to see a...

Can a 12-Year-Old Boy Really Play the Stock Market? An Interview With Author Ginger Heller

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

When I learned of Ginger Heller's new release, The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa, it piqued my interest... could a 12-year-old really pl...

People of Color Do Survive the Apocalypse: 5 Books You Should Read

Olivia Cole | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Olivia Cole

In case you've ever looked at the whitewashed array of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books that line the shelves and asked yourself, "Do people of color survive the apocalypse?" the answer is yes. Read these books.

Six Seasons and a Movie and a Book: Episodes of Community That Would Make Perfect YA Novels

EricSmith | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
EricSmith

In a recent episode, App Development and Condiments, I was struck by the hilarious dystopian world the series had created in the single episode.

'Dorothy Must Die' -- Oz as You've Never Seen It

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.

Be Divergent and Other Lessons for My Daughter

Mandy Stewart, Ph. D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mandy Stewart, Ph. D.

May we celebrate a future where women know their worth, their potential and their ability to change the world. Move over Harry, the girls can take it from here.

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

Get Wicked With Author Sarah Harian's Debut

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

If you're looking for a gobble-up-in-one-sitting-page-turner that will keep you clinging to the edge of your seat, check out The Wicked We Have Done ...

8 Must-Read Young Adult Authors

Amy Yoelin | Posted 05.15.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Doesn't this title look familiar? A few months ago, I wrote the same article as you are (hopefully) about to read. After reviewing the list I made numerous times, I immediately regretted not adding other authors. Thus, Part 2.

Interview With Author Neal Wooten on The Balance

William Dameron | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
William Dameron

I had the opportunity to speak with Neal about his new book, which is published by Bold Strokes Books and will be release on April 15th.

Author Therese Walsh Shares the Secrets Behind The Moon Sisters

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 05.11.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

If I had to describe The Moon Sisters in one word, it would be "beautiful." A heart-warming story about life, love, loss and family.

Get Lost in the Captivating Island Adventure of Nil

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

What would you do if you were stuck on an island with only one year to escape or you die? Enter Lynne Matson's thrilling debut, Nil. And when I say thrilling, I mean it. Think Survivor meets Lost with the added bonus of romance.

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

Divergent Movie Review: Readers Will Love It (Spoiler Free)

Lisa Parkin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As a longtime fan of any book series, there is often trepidation when you hear your favorite novels are being made into movies. So, when I got the chance to see an early screening of Divergent at the Orlando red carpet premiere, I was definitely excited. But I was also nervous.

YA Author Seth Fishman Talks About Rejection and the Road to Publication

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife. The Well's End is his first novel (that's not in a drawer).

True American Grit

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

According to psychologist, Angela Duckworth, the most important trait for success is grit. There is no better example than American homesteaders.

Step Inside Reality TV With SOMETHING REAL

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 04.21.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether or not we want to believe it, reality TV has changed the face of entertainment. From "Survivor," to "The Bachelor," to "Keeping Up With The...

12 YA Fantasy Book Finales You Need to Read This Year

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The young adult genre has a chronic problem: creating sequels. Keeping track of all the sequels and when they will be published feels like a full-time job. So, I did some of the tough work for you and sorted through my most-anticipated YA fantasy end-of-series releases for the year.

A Heartfelt Message For Troubled Teens Set Amidst The Glitter Of Broadway

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Curtis M. Wong

A budding thespian makes the Broadway leap in Tim Federle's Five, Six Seven, Nate!, but even those whose dreams don't involve sequins, spotlights or Sondheim should appreciate this book's heartfelt and nuanced message about adolescent self-acceptance.

Why Vampire Academy Is Different From Other YA Movies

Mark Waters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Waters

You've probably heard of the Bechdel test, which evaluates movies based on three simple questions. It's shocking how few Hollywood releases can actually answer those three questions with a "Yes."

Paul Auster on Poe, Pynchon, and 'Boy Writers'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As someone who aspires to fit into Auster's definition of "boy writer," I'm wondering if he might extend his coinage to include "girl writers" as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?

Flowers in the Attic: Upon Leaving the Attic

Audrey Wang | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Audrey Wang

How to make candy with maple sugar and snow, all about Type I diabetes, and that a boy totally digs you though he dips your pigtails in ink: I've consciously retained this, and more, from the thousands of hours I spent with YA books.

8 Must-Read YA Authors You Might Not Know

Amy Yoelin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

If you were to ask what I do for my life, the answer would be writing and reading. I have to limit myself from going to my public library, because I end up taking WAY to many books than I can handle to read. I start to cry when I walk into Barnes & Noble. Yeah, it's bad.

Laurie Halse Anderson on Her New Book, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.