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S. Chris Shirley's Playing By The Book -- A Young Man's Story of Scripture and Self-Acceptance

Eddie Sarfaty | Posted 06.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Eddie Sarfaty

In his debut novel, Playing by the Book, released this month by Magnus Books, S. Chris Shirley introduces readers to small-town preacher's son Jake Po...

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.

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).

Godspeed Ned Vizinni

Chris Crutcher | Posted 02.27.2014 | Books
Chris Crutcher

Coming into the new year it's hard not to think of the recent suicide of the talented and tortured YA author, Ned Vizzini, and the emptiness his loved ones must feel.

Once More in Defense of Fantasy: A Response to Joanna Trollope

Foz Meadows | Posted 12.10.2013 | Books
Foz Meadows

Just when I think the literary establishment can become no more obliviously dismissive of SFF as a genre, along comes Joanna Trollope to complain that fantasy novels, while "a lovely escape," fail to provide a strong enough sense of moral guidance for children.

6 Fictional Schools We Wish Actually Existed

| Posted 09.06.2013 | Books

By Davi Marra for Bookish: Even if you're not school-aged, September calls up memories of back to school for us all--the pencil cases and Trapper ...

Fall Into Reading With These Shiny Apple Picks

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

Looking for Me draws us into the complexity of finding love, hope and redemption amidst crushing family obstacles. A moving read about finding the jewels amongst the cast-offs of life's heartbreaks.

Empathy, Love and the LGBT Characters In My Books

Francesca Lia Block | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Francesca Lia Block

I'm not trying to shock or taunt anyone by writing LGBT characters. I'm just writing about my life and the people I love. And hope that others might recognize a small piece of themselves in these characters, and fall in love with them, too.

Enthralling YA Books for Your Beach Bag

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

Searching for that transporting, all-consuming, smoldering, heart rendering book that will sweep you away while you're soaking in the sun?

The Ultimate Summer Reading List For Kids

Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents

Summer has officially started -- and while there are a variety of ways to keep kids occupied after the classroom doors clang shut, it's crucial to str...

When Dystopian Fiction Becomes Reality

Theo Lawrence | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Theo Lawrence

There is no denying it: Hurricane Sandy is one of the biggest disasters that we as Americans have ever had to face. This past week, I've watched as friends, family, and fellow residents of the Tri-State area lost their lights, their homes, and even their lives.

Teens Pick Favorite Book

AP | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- Veronica Roth is the current rave among teen readers, according to a new survey. The young adult division of the American Library Associa...

To Celebrate Teen Read Week We Ask Authors, "What's Your Favorite Teen Book?"

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
The Los Angeles Public Library

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and it's a time where librarians encourage teens to read for the fun of it.

The Real Reason YA Is Dominated By Women?

Salon | Posted 08.16.2012 | Women

The prototypical YA (Young Adult, i.e., early teen) novel “The Catcher in the Rye” may have been written by the late, reclusive and definitely mal...

Why Sexy Fan Fiction Can Be A Good Thing

Foz Meadows | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

Sex in fan fiction matters because it's a glaring representation of everything that's missing from mainstream porn, and because it stands as evidence of the wealth of female desire that's barely being acknowledged elsewhere, let alone catered to.

Racism, 'Revealing Eden' and STGRB

Foz Meadows | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The number and severity of the problems present in Victoria Foyt's Revealing Eden are such that the novel ultimately serves to reinforce the very same toxic behavior it sets out to debunk.

Goodreads and the Rise of Digital Reviewing

Foz Meadows | Posted 09.24.2012 | Books
Foz Meadows

The book blogger community is still essentially a frontier town, caught between laying foundations on the one hand and trying to deal with the regular influx of lawbreakers, businessmen, migrants and pioneers on the other.

Want to Know How Cassandra Clare's Widely Anticipated Clockwork Princess Begins?

William Henderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
William Henderson

Two hours and about 30,000 tweets later, the full cover was revealed, #ClockworkPrincess was a worldwide Twitter trending topic, and fans of the series were already critiquing what the cover does -- and doesn't -- show.

Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling... Kendall & Kylie Jenner? (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Hannah Orenstein | Posted 06.30.2012 | Teen

The Kardashian sisters seem to be everywhere -- on TV, opening boutiques, launching nail polish collections, splashed across magazine covers -- but th...

Apocalypse and Adolescence: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

This tragic coming-of-age story chronicles the parallel disintegrations of the world and the life and family of Julia, a sensitive 12-year-old girl living in a sleepy suburb of California.

Dear Teen Me: You'll Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2012 | Teen

Legendary writer Joan Didion once said, "Was anyone ever so young? I am here to tell you that someone was.” That's exactly the goal of "Dear...

WATCH: Neil Gaiman On The Simpsons

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

Available free to watch online for one week (click above), the new episode of The Simpsons, called "The Book Job", features Neil Gaiman ("The British ...

I Read a Young Adult Novel. It Was Better Written and More Exciting Than Most Adult Fiction I See

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

If I Stay pressed every emotional button I'm aware of. At the end, I was a mess -- limp, to be sure, but also thrilled, energized, renewed.

Jane Yolen Writes 300th Book (PHOTOS)

Jane Yolen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jane Yolen

The responses I have gotten from friends, family, and fans on the news of my 300th book runs the gamut from: "You have got to be kidding!" to "Anything good there?" to "You are a National Treasure/Goddess/Diva."

9 Best Science Fiction Novels For Young Adults Besides 'Mockingjay' (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In case you haven't heard, "Mockingjay," the third and final installment in Suzanne Collins' super-smash "Hunger Games" series, hit bookstores this Tu...