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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.

Q&A With Kate Ormand About Her YA Novel Dark Days

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 12.18.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Kate Ormand's debut young adult novel Dark Days tells the story of sixteen-year-old Sia who lives in a dystopian future in which the world has been divided in sectors.

Mockingjay and the Price of Violence in Popular Fiction

Michael Darer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

Villainy is more complicated and victory less assured. It seems almost dishonest to refuse to acknowledge that things that Mockingjay seems dedicated to exploring. It seems unfair and unrealistic to believe that violence is a mess that can be cleaned up.

6 Tips for Taking Yourself on a Successful, Budget-Friendly Writing Retreat

EricSmith | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
EricSmith

Writing retreats don't have to be these extravagant, expensive outings. And while there are a lot of amazing opportunities out there for authors to getaway with other writers, it's also really easy to take yourself on a retreat. And not just any retreat, but a budget-friendly one.

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

Q&A with Melanie Bishop About Her YA Novel My So-Called Ruined Life

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Melanie Bishop's young adult novel My So-Called Ruined Life follows female protagonist Tate McCoy during her 17th year, one year after her mother's brutal murder, for which Tate's father is the prime suspect.

Q&A With Sara Raasch, Author of Debut YA Series Snow Like Ashes

Lisa Parkin | Posted 10.30.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Snow Likes Ashes is the best book I've read so far in 2014. It's got it all -- epic travel, forbidden romance and wild, untamed magic. In fact, I loved the book so much, I chose it as the October selection for Uppercase, a YA book subscription box.

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.

A Major Triumph: Author Shari Arnold's Debut Young Adult Novel Is a Winner

Emily Liebert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Emily Liebert

Normal is so overrated. At least that's what Shari Arnold's protagonist in her debut YA novel, Kate Triumph, tries to tell herself. But why? You'll have to read it to find out--no spoilers here.

6 YA Witch Books to Read This Halloween

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Whether you're a fan of the "casters" found in Beautiful Creatures, or a witch in a modern fairy tale like Spellbound, this list has something for everyone and is sure to satisfy all your spooky needs this fall.

'The Ninth Circle' Author Brendan Deneen Talks About His Circus-Themed Horror Novel

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Lion tamers, a bearded lady, sword swallowers and more: Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle has it all and stands apart as one of the most fascinating and unique books to hit shelves in a long time.

Bestselling Author Kami Garcia Talks About Her Latest Thriller 'Unmarked'

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Long before her days of bestselling novels, movie adaptations and jam-packed book tours, Kami Garcia was a teacher encouraging her students to read. According to Kami, writing sort of accidentally fell into her lap.

Young Adult Authors Honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Share Why 'We Need Diverse Books'

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

As a young girl, I used to pray in my bed every night that God would miraculously give me blonde hair, blue eyes, and creamy white skin. After that didn't work, I had another plan: hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice.

Q & A With Janice Gable Bashman, Author of Predator

Peak Johnson | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Peak Johnson

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Predator, her first novel and solo book project for young adults. Bashman is also the editor of The Big Thrill, an International Thriller Writers' magazine.

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.

Jandy Nelson's 'I'll Give You the Sun' Shines Bright

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Lelia Nebeker

It may be hard to hear over the din of blockbuster movie franchises and John Green's superstardom, but a new voice in Young Adult literature has emerged, and her name is Jandy Nelson.

26 Entertaining And Educational Books For Back-To-School Season

Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents

The kids are in school. Finally. If you're like HuffPost blogger Devon Corneal, you let them slide this summer. They barely cracked a book during the ...

Best-selling Author Sarah J. Maas Talks About Her Latest, Heir of Fire

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 11.05.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Talking with Sarah was an absolute treat. Besides discussing her books, we laughed about our love for pop culture, Netflix, and all things paranormal. Seriously, Sarah is the kind of person you could sit and have coffee with and chat for hours.

Joyce Lamb Lives Happy Ever After

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Joyce Lamb is curator of USA Today's Happy Ever After blog about romance novels, a USA Today best-selling author of romantic suspense and three-time RITA finalist. She's been a professional journalist for 25 years.

Catching up With Bestselling Author Jennifer Armentrout

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Chances are you've read at least one book by The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout at some point in the last few years. Why? Well to put it simply, she's an extremely talented, book-writing machine.

'The Baby-Sitters Club' Would Look A LOT Different In 2014

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.13.2014 | Comedy

In the 1980's and 1990's, Ann M. Martin's beloved book series "The Baby-sitter's Club" provided young readers with fun, family-oriented narratives tha...

Virginity and Potential: A Case for Revision

Melanie Bishop | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I should confess that I have never been a fan of revision. I preach to my students about its importance, but I am loath to embark on it myself. I want what I write to be right the first time.

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?"

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 09.21.2014 | 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.