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Historical fiction allows you, the reader, to travel back in time from the safety of your couch, subway seat or other favorite reading spot. Today on Teenreads we had the chance to talk to two young adult authors who write incredible and rich historical fiction. First, Maureen Doyle McQuerry is the author of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, a dual-perspective novel where 14-year-old Molly worries about school, friends and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother, Elaine, and her growing depression, leading her on an adventure where she discovers the impact the flu pandemic of 1918 had on her family. We also talked to Stephanie Morrill, who wrote WITHIN THESE LINES, where Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants, at a time when inter-racial marriage is illegal in California and Taichi and his family are forced to move to a Japanese-American internment camp. Both authors have written complex, deeply research stories about love, family and American history. Keep reading to see what they had to say about mental health representation, their characters and more. 
Happy Valentine's Day! Here at Teenreads we are super excited today about our love for books, our favorite characters and our favorite bookish couples. Check out some of Teen Board Member Jessica K. favorite YA couples that make her laugh, cry and swoon. From high fantasy power duos to sweet contemporary romance pairs, these seven bookish duos deserve all the boxes of chocolate, candy hearts, bouquets of roses and teddy bears.
January 28, 2019

The 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards

Posted by Rebecca M
Today is one of the biggest days of the year for young adult and children's literature: the announcement of the ALA Youth Media Awards. Each year the American Library Association honors the books, videos and other outstanding works that have released that year for kids and teens and are recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent. We've compiled all of the young adult awards announcements here, so read on to see which of your favorites made the cut and click here to see the children's awards announcements!
If you're itching for a genre-bending read about science, identity and heartbreak to kick off your 2019 TBR, look no further than Rebecca Hanover's debut novel, THE SIMILARS, which is now in stores. In this riveting book, the school year at Darkwood Academy becomes a lot more cutthroat as six new students join the junior class. But they aren't your regular ambitious teens. They're clones. Oh, and they're joining the class alongside their originals. Emmaline Chance, who is grieving the loss of her best friend Oliver, couldn't care less about the other students at Darkwood or their DNA copies --- until she meets Levi, Oliver's clone, and the sixth Similar. Ready to learn more about this explosive debut? Check out the book trailer below, and read on for more info about THE SIMILARS.
Somaiya Daud's debut novel, MIRAGE, is a beautifully written fantasy about royal and colonial politics where a girl is forced to be a body double for a despised princess. In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, Amani is a dreamer. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and taken to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty and her time with the princess’ fiancé. But Amani must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death. Teen board member Rachel D. got a chance to talk to Somaiya about writing and identity in her debut novel. Keep reading to see their conversation!
November 17, 2018

Interview with Katrin van Dam, Author of COME NOVEMBER

Posted by Dana C
We have a Q&A with Katrin van Dam, author of COME NOVEMBER.  
Synesthesia is a condition where the sense become crossed in a way that allows some people to hear color or taste sounds. In CJ Lyons' latest thriller THE COLOR OF LIES, synesthesia plays a key role. Ella Cleary has always been good at reading people. Her family has a rare medical condition called synesthesia that scrambles the senses --- her Gram Helen sees every sound, and her uncle Joe can literally taste words. Ella’s own synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read. Alec is a mystery to Ella, a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals the real reason why he sought her out --- he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths. CJ stopped by our blog today to talk more about synesthesia and its role in her novel.
Here in America, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th. For a lot of young people this will only be their first or second time voting. The right to vote is incredibly important to Teenreads, and it's a right that all Americans should treasure. That said, a lot of young people don't vote, so Teen Board member Isabel C. put together a list of fun book recommendations that cover politics and elections. Isabel says,"If you're a young person who can vote: read these books! Recommend them to your friends! Show just how much one vote can accomplish. If you're a parent or older person reading this, read these books too! Then give them to the young people in your life who might need a push to get out to the polls. Offer to drive your teen (and their friends!) to your local polling station. We can debate until we run out of air, but nothing will happen if we don't show up and VOTE."
Solid world-building is a must for any high-stakes fantasy and part of the task is avoiding harmful stereotypes. Erica Cameron, author of The Ryogan Chronicles, stopped by our blog this week to talk about breaking out of these stereotypes int he fantastical world of her series. In the third book in the series, WAR OF STORMS, the immortal mages have risen, and they're out for blood. Khya arrived at the Ryogan coast too late to stop the invasion. Now, cities are falling before the unrelenting march of an enemy army, and Khya's squad is desperately trying to stay ahead of them. Warning the Ryogans, though, means leaving her brother imprisoned even longer. Calling in help from every ally she's made in Ryogo, Khya tries to build a plan that won't require sacrificing her friends or her brother. The end is coming, and there's no way to know who'll be left standing when it hits.
Grief is a powerful emotion and books that confront this complicated feeling are often poignant and thought-provoking. In her new release THAT NIGHT, Amy Giles tackles grief from two perspectives in an evocative story about tragedy, love and learning to heal. The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together. Amy stopped by our blog this week to share her thoughts on kindness, both in the world of THAT NIGHT and real life.