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Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

The Books We're Thankful For

The New York Public Library | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
The New York Public Library

When it comes to Thanksgiving, librarians enjoy pumpkin pie and the Thanksgiving Day Parade as much as the next person. But it should come as no surprise that for the librarians at The New York Public Library, one of the things they're most thankful for are books.

MTV's Brenna Ehrlich Chats About Her YA Debut and Reveals Cover

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

November is finally here, which means National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and Book Awareness Week is right around the corner. So with writing and reading on the brain, what better time to get the scoop on an awesome upcoming book and an exclusive look at the cover?

4 YA Book Trends to Look for in 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.

Debut Author Heather Marie Talks Diversity, Creativity, and More

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Sure to appeal to fans of CW's "Supernatural," and Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, the story follows seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz -- a Gateway through which the dead must pass to get to the other side.

3 Ways to Figure Out What Young Adult Books to Read Next

Lisa Parkin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

After reading a book that broke your heart or made you swoon or even had you pull a Silver Linings Playbook and hurl it out a window, inevitably you wonder, "Now what?"

Grownups: You Can Read YA, and Why Not Read It With Your Kids?

Lori Day | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Lori Day

Just as there are good and bad adult novels, there are good and bad YA novels. To snidely pan the entire YA genre as being an embarrassment for any adult to enjoy is both small-minded and myopic.

WATCH: Stuff YA Readers Say

Posted 07.10.2014 | Books

In an interview with John Green, Stephen Colbert quipped, "as far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read." Wh...

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

Lisa Parkin | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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.

7 Things Only YA Book Fans Will Understand

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.24.2014 | 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.

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

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.17.2014 | 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.

YA and the Shame Game

Elizabeth Vail | Posted 08.08.2014 | 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.

Kiera Cass on The One: Leaving Readers Speechless

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

In preparation for these discoveries, I talked with The One author, Kiera Cass, about what the publishing process has been like, her own must-read book and what readers can expect from her next.

My Journey From Book Cover Model To Author

Elizabeth May | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Elizabeth May

I used to pick up books off the shelves in stores and stare at the models on the covers. I imagined my own work on the shelf, too -- books with my name on them. I never thought I would be sitting on the shelf as a book cover model.

The One Piece Of Reading Advice A Teacher Will Never Give You

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 07.02.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

I'm to the point where I've practically watched all the best TV shows on Netflix. Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Dexter, Freaks and Geeks -- all the best. After all this, I'm left wondering what I'm supposed to do with my life.

Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators' Kristine Carlson Asselin Give The Book Doctors the Skinny

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We thought we'd take the opportunity to pick the literary brain of SCBWI's own Kristine Carlson Asselin, who is a very accomplished writer in her own right.

YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As we have some waiting to do until Downton Abbey Season 5 premieres, let's get our fill of rich period dramas elsewhere.

The Newest YA Novel-To-Movie That Will Make You Weep

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment

Get ready to weep. (Again.) The latest YA novel-to-movie, "If I Stay," just got its first trailer. Starring Chloe Moretz, it's going to be a tearjerke...

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...

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.

9 Teen Novels As Good As They Are Popular

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus You’re a discerning reader. Do you look for out-of-the-way, original novels? That’s great; so do we. But just be...

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.

Claire Fallon

14 Amazing YA Books With Kickass Heroines

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Time may be running short to find the perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or younger sister before Christmas, but fear not: Bookstores will never l...

Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Lisa Parkin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

I highly recommend each of these books and hope you will love them as much as I have. They each added something new to the young adult genre and are truly the best of the best.

Book for Kids Raises Eyebrows Over Young Gay Character

Tim Federle | Posted 11.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Tim Federle

Shortly after Better Nate Than Ever was released earlier this year, a pattern began to emerge: Librarians who had loved the book and invited me to visit their students were suddenly canceling those visits, backing out for fear of parental backlash.