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Archives - January 2010

January 29, 2010

Ally Carter: The Family Business

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Ally Carter, author of the bestselling Gallagher Girls books, is set to release the first installment of a new series on February 9th, called HEIST SOCIETY. Below, she explains how a "farm girl" like herself can have so much in common with the characters she's created... who just so happen to be spies and thieves.
Lovers of fantasy, have we got a treat for you! Melina Marchetta --- the award-winning author of powerful, emotionally driven coming-of-age fiction like SAVING FRANCESCA, LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI, and ON THE JELLICO ROAD --- recently tried her hand at this new genre, and the end result is a spellbinding, epic novel that's already a big hit in her native Australia.
January 27, 2010

Reader Q&A: Brianna from Chicago, IL

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Brianna K. from Chicago, IL joins us for today's Reader Q&A, where she talks about the last good book she read, favorite film adaptations, and the three fictional characters she'd like to meet.What is the last book you read? Would you suggest it to a friend? Why or why not?
January 26, 2010


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What is “Incarceron”? It is a prison like no other in the sense that the prisoners don’t believe in the idea of an “Outside.” But after 17-year-old Finn discovers a link to the world outside of Incarceron’s walls, the race is on to escape the prison --- a prison that has as many secrets as it does prisoners.
Got a story you want told? A poem you want praised? Do you feel like you have what it takes to become the next J.K. Rowling or Shel Silvertein? If that’s the case, then you’ll be happy to hear about HarperCollins Publishers’ newest venture, inkpop. Inkpop is like social networking meets fan fiction --- an online community where teens can come together to share their writing with the world.
January 25, 2010

This Week's New Releases

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This week's new releases are all about fantasy and teen drama, with six buzzworthy titles sure to satisfy your cravings for everything from other-worldly adventures and star-crossed lovers to twisted fairy-tale endings and even a zombie romance.
Libby Schmais's first novel for young adults, THE PILLOW BOOK OF LOTUS LOWENSTEIN, follows a teenage francophile and her humorous, less-than-successful attempts to live and love in the footsteps of some famous Parisian existentialists.
January 21, 2010

Reader Q&A: Alexandria from Linden, CA

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In today's Reader Q&A, 14-year-old Alexandria Poggio from Linden, CA shares a favorite quote that sends her a-flutter each time she reads it, reveals what she'd ask Sarah Dessen if she were ever given the chance to meet her, and explains why she almost physically assaulted (jokingly, of course!) her local librarian.
January 20, 2010

Lauren Kate: Learning to Lie

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Today's guest blogger is Lauren Kate, author of THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE and the newly released FALLEN. Below, she explains why "lying" isn't necessarily such a bad thing, especially for readers and writers of fiction.
January 19, 2010

Reader Q&A: Angie from Spokane Valley, WA

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Joining us for today's Reader Q&A is Angie Lindell from Spokane Valley, WA. In her responses below, she discusses the life-altering aspects of the Harry Potter series, explains her reasons for liking the Lord of the Rings movies far more than the books, and reveals why she'd want to spend a day in Elizabeth Bennett's shoes.