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What could be more romantic than stories set in the Wild West? Horses, check. Wranglers, check. Falling in love despite the risks, BIG check. In Kristen Chandler's THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS, we get all of this and more when teenage Cassidy is shipped off to a Wyoming ranch, where she meets a broken cowboy and confronts her fears about getting back in the saddle. This book is deeply personal for Chandler, who works with at-risk youth as an equine instructor. In this post, Chandler explains how horses can heal and inspire us, and why she chose to write this story now.
If you're a young adult booklover, you're probably already familiar with BookCon, the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. At BookCon, readers of all ages can interact with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. With interactive panels, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so, so much more, BookCon is the ultimate place to celebrate books. This year, Teenreads was on the scene with a group of interns, Teen Board members and reviewers and we have the full scoop for you below!
Every year, publishing professionals from all over the world meet up at BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States. Attended not only by publishers, but authors, librarians and buyers for book retailers as well, BookExpo is the number one place to learn about upcoming releases and trends. This year, Teenreads was on the scene to report back on all of the big hits and trends by attending panels, signings and giveaways. In this post, our team shares details about their experiences at BookExpo and what they learned over the course of the event.
When author Chandra Prasad was growing up, she didn’t see people like her in American culture. As a mixed-race writer, Chandra Prasad became determined to change that. She contributed to, originated and edited MIXED: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience, and her debut young adult novel, DAMSELFLY, has a mixed-race female protagonist, among other mixed characters.
Lisa Brown Roberts is used to writing about relationships. With releases such as YA contemporary novels PLAYING THE PLAYER and HOW (NOT) TO FALL IN LOVE, readers have grown accustomed to getting swoon-worthy love stories with every new book she writes. But in her latest, SPIES, LIES AND, ALLIES, Lisa Brown Roberts decided to explore a different kind of relationship --- the father/daughter dynamic. In this touching blog post, Lisa Brown Roberts discusses how her own relationship with her father informed the one she wrote about in SPIES.
Author Jen Wilde burst onto the YA scene in 2017 with her debut, QUEENS OF GEEK, which celebrated not only the powerful bonds of fandom, but empowerment and the queer community as well. In Wilde's newest book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, she explores celebrity, coming out and even more queer characters, including one who identifies as nonbinary. At once a cute romance, story of friendship and the delicious ins and outs of internet celebrity, THE BRIGHTSIDERS is a fantastically quirky book for your summer TBR. In this post, Jen Wilde discusses the importance of representation in her novels and supporting marginalized characters.
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.