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Young Adult Fiction

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 03.08.2014 | 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.

One New CW Show Will Surprise You (And One Won't)

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.19.2014 | TV
Maureen Ryan

It's not necessarily deep, but "The 100" doesn't avoid the questions at its core.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

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.

It's OK -- You Can Judge Me By My Books

Haley Pereyo | Posted 02.23.2014 | Teen
Haley Pereyo

Every book I've ever read has given me a new perspective. Even if what I was reading was fiction with made up characters and plots, I still learned something.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

What Does it Mean that Most Children's Books Are Still About White Boys?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

"Do you know how many books with boys in them I read?" she said. "You should read girl books, too. Not reading them just because they're about girls is sexist." I'm pretty certain that what my 9-year old told her classmate was more than most adults can muster.

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.

Judy Blume: 'There Are A Lot Of Sexual Expectations Today'

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women

It's hard not to love Judy Blume. And thanks to a new wave of interviews the iconic author has been giving to promote "Tiger Eyes," a film based on Ju...

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Prepare to Be Seized by This Book

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Lelia Nebeker

Siege and Storm is somehow even better than its prequel -- a feat I did not think was possible. The dialogue is so clever and sharp that I found myself pausing to marvel at it.

Edgar Awards Also Has Books for Kids (Video)

Rocco Staino | Posted 07.13.2013 | Books
Rocco Staino

Each year over 500 writers and lovers of mysteries gather in New York City for a black-tie evening to celebrate the winners of the Edgar Awards. However, few lovers of children and young adult books realize that the awards also honors authors in those fields.

Your ULTIMATE Guide To Upcoming YA Books On The Big Screen

Posted 05.09.2013 | Teen

From fantasy series like The Mortal Instruments and The Hunger Games, to stand-alone works of fiction like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, there ...

Harvard and The Marvelous World -- The Unlikely Story of a Maverick Fantasy Author and Educator

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.03.2013 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I get plenty of chances to travel and lecture about my experiences within the world of business and education. My recent trip to Harvard to do just that allowed me to hear a young author tell his unexpected story.

Future Anxiety and Young Adult Fiction

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Susan Kim

Perhaps those of us who write about a dystopian future have more faith in people than we do in the wise application of technology.

Vive La Prom Revolution!

| Posted 03.12.2013 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment, the online community writing site for young read...

Preschool Kids and Television

Susan Kim | Posted 04.26.2013 | Parents
Susan Kim

Preschoolers, middle-graders, preteens and young adults may all be separated by only a few years, but are so divided by their interests, needs, humor, language and abilities as to practically be separate species.

'I've Been Hopelessly In Love With You Since The 4th Grade'

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. By anatomyofthewrittenword, Shrewsbury, MA “You ready?” She startles and ...

Tackling Abortion in YA Literature

A.J. Walkley | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

As a writer, I've always turned to the written word to piece together the ways of the world, and to better understand myself and others. I knew that in this matter, it would be no different -- I would write a book that got to the heart of a decision that polarizes so many of us.

'My Real-Life Sleeping Beauty'

2012-12-20 12:29:58 | Posted 12.26.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment, the online community writing site for young read...

Religion Lifts Young Adult Books from 'Darkness'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The Crown of Embers is not only a stand out for its strong writing and world-building but for its very positive portrayal of God and faith. I asked Carson a few questions about faith, her books and young adults.

Stop Calling Books for Kids 'Young Adult'

Monica Edinger | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Monica Edinger

In articles, favorites lists and blog posts, books being identified as young adult are in fact books for younger readers -- children that is.

Lucas Kavner

Lois Lowry Reflects On 'The Giver' 20 Years Later

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.05.2012 | Books

Usually when schools ban your book, it only serves to further solidify the work's cultural significance. In the 1990s, the Harry Potter series topped ...

The Most Agonizing Coffee Date Ever

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for young p...

I've Already Found Myself - I'm Just Now Letting You See'

| Posted 08.25.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for young p...

The Next Best Young Adult Novel: 'Rebels by Accident' by Patricia Dunn

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Leora Tanenbaum

If you have a pre-teen or teenage daughter, give her a copy of Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn. Your only regret will be that she will devour this book in a day or two, and then you'll be stuck where you were.