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Scott Cunningham, whose book of poems, YA TE VEO: Poems (University of Arkansas Press), was part of the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize series, has established himself not only as a champion of literature, but as an advocate for the advancement and promotion of Miami’s diverse culture throughout South Florida. His poetry festival, O, Miami, has captured the attention of local and non-local organizations looking to support his initiative. Teen Board member Rachel D. wanted to learn more about the man behind O, Miami --- Miami’s most prolific poetry festival --- and learn what it takes to go from poetry aficionado to major influencer. Read her interview with Scott below.
April 11, 2018

Teenreads.com Reports from Houston’s TeenBookCon

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On March 24, 2018, teens and YA booklovers convened in sunny League City, Texas, to attend the ninth annual TeenBookCon. Established to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens with authors, TeenBookCon caters to its teen readers first and foremost, giving them first priority in both seating and Q&A sessions --- and did we mention it's free? Last year, Teenreads reviewer Anushka Giri attended for the first time and enjoyed the event so much that she returned this year with a friend and fellow high school teacher, An. Anushka and An were dazzled by the convention's set-up, headliners and attendees. Read below for a breakdown of their experience at TeenBookCon, including which authors they loved the most, the panels that they will remember forever and the books they recommend.
Author Amy Fellner Dominy returns with THE FALL OF GRACE, a realistic emotional roller coaster for fans of Sarah Dessen. When a teenage girl finds out that her mother is a scam artist with millions of dollars left unaccounted for, her junior year quickly goes south. As she sets out to discover the truth behind her mother's lies, a classmate follows her into the wilderness, curious to see what she finds. As the pair travels into the wilds, Grace realizes she must risk everything on the dark, twisted path to the truth. Read on for a Q&A with Amy and to learn how you can win a copy of THE FALL OF GRACE.
There's almost nothing more exciting than hearing that one of your favorite books will be hitting the big screen. From finally seeing beloved characters come to life, to critiquing how much an adaptation really matches the book, it's always fun to see new versions of your favorite stories. In exciting news, Teenreads.com recently had the opportunity to interview actress Madison Wolfe, who plays Barbara Thorson, the main character of the feature film I Kill Giants, which is in select theaters and On Demand starting March 23rd. From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I Kill Giants is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you Harry Potter. Read below for our interview, to see the trailer and to learn more about this amazing movie.
High school is one of the most colorful, complicated and complex times in a person's life. School and homework can be hard enough, but when you add in gossip, bullying and maintaining friendships, things can get very tricky. One of the biggest issues that teens experience in high school is labeling --- both of yourself and others. In TIME BOMB, author Joelle Charbonneau explores these powerful and sometimes dangerous labels through a school tragedy. In this post, Charbonneau explains why she found the topic of labels so interesting and how she uses it in her book.
If you ask us, music and reading go hand-in-hand. Whether we're creating playlists for our favorite books, characters and ships or keeping some light tunes on in the background while we read, there's no doubt that the music and books are great together. Have you ever wondered what inspires an author to include certain song references in their stories? In THE MIDNIGHTS, by Sarah Nicole Smetana, a rock-loving teen uses music to reinvent herself after tragedy. Smetana is here on our blog today to share her main character Susannah Hayes's top 10 favorite classic rock songs --- read on to find out which ones she picked!
Do you think you'd have the courage to remix an American classic? That's exactly what author Lorie Langdon does with OLIVIA TWIST, her retelling of OLIVER TWIST, which gender-swaps the main character and creates a whole new story. Through hard work and lots of creativity, she pens the story of Olivia Twist, a tough heroine born in a workhouse and raised among boys until she's plucked from the streets of London. How exactly did Langdon go about retelling this classic? Read this post to find out!
February 22, 2018

Catch Mackenzi Lee on Tour for BYGONE BADASS BROADS!

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You may know author Mackenzi Lee for her explosive hit, THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, but did you also know that she runs a viral Twitter series based on forgotten female trailblazers? In BYGONE BADASS BROADS, Mackenzi shares the stories of 52 of history's most heroic, cunning and kickbutt women. Mackenzi will be going on tour for the book and you can see the dates and locations below!
Have you ever struggled with writing about your own life in one of your stories? Have no fear, because Kimberly Reid, author of #PRETTYBOY MUST DIE, a hot new spy thriller, has a lot of helpful tips and tricks for writing yourself into a story successfully and as tastefully as you can. With advice spanning from telling it straight to fictionalizing the truth, she shares tons of great information about weaving your own experiences into your next novel --- including some details about how she wrote #PRETTYBOY MUST DIE! Interested in learning more? Read this post!
Ever since the debut of Percy Jackson, mythology has played a huge and ever-growing role in young adult fiction. So how do authors tackle pulling from ancient tales while keeping their stories fresh? Author Rachel A. Marks recently answered this question her book FIRE AND BONE, which is set in Hollywood's magical and dangerous underworld and pulls from Celtic mythology. So how did Marks go about researching the demigods, druids and ancient bonds that appear in her book? Read this post to find out!