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Recently, the teachers at Warren Middle School in New Jersey have been gaining attention for their book club, "Read Like a Teen." Each month they select a new teen or young adult book to read, review and share with their students and fellow staff. Their hope is that this will provide kids with an incentive to read and show them that it's not just reserved for teachers or librarians. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Cynthia Cassidy, a middle school teacher who spearheaded the program and got it off the ground. In this post, Cynthia talks to us about starting Read Like a Teen, how it works and what she --- and her fellow teachers --- have learned from it.
Many of you are probably familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that started in 2014, with its mission to bring diversity to books by calling on all authors to reflect different races and culture groups in their writing. Although great strides have been made, the movement is far from over. In this post, author Brynn Chapman discusses her new novel, THE REQUIEM RED, whose heroine is an asylum resident who possesses an uncanny degree of perception that allows her to hear messages in music and see lyrics in paintings. If you're tired of reading about the same characters over and over again and would like to see an author delve into the experiences of people with disabilties, read on!
With comic books and graphic novels becoming much more mainstream, the door is wide open for manga --- Japanese comics --- to finally make their presence known in the United States. Although manga are more popular worldwide, they are still relatively unknown in our country. Writer Danica Davidson first discovered manga as a teen and has followed her passions to write about manga for numerous publications, including our sister site, In this blog, Danica explains how she became interested in manga and how her new book, MANGA ART FOR BEGINNERS, aims to introduce new readers to the genre.
Remember when you were a kid and you would come up with all sorts of "what if" scenarios and make a game out of it?  Well for old time's sake, let's do one more. Imagine having two choices: achieve your deepest-held dream or save the planet.  What would you do? Not an easy decision, huh? Fine, I'll let you sleep on it. This is precisely the decision 17-year-old Ann-Maria Solano is faced with in Vicki L. Weaver's FACSIMILE --- a science fiction adventure tinged with romance. In this blog post, Weaver discusses the genre of science fiction and what it means to her.
Every story has to have a hero, but for far too long, those heroes have all been male. Fortunately, recent young adult titles have introduced more female heroines onto the scene, with girls like Katniss Everdeen, Celaena Sardothien and many more like them putting their lives at risk for what is right in their respective worlds. In these situations, what matters most is that they keep going and persevere in trying to navigate the murky waters of their lives. In this blog, author Jen McConnel discusses the hero's journey and how she applied it to the writing of TRIUMPH OVER CHAOS, the final installment of her Red Magic series.
Have you ever had trouble controlling your temper? From time to time, we all have experienced that one little thing that has thrown us over the edge.  Luckily, it usually doesn't result in murder (at least I sure hope not!) which is the case in Beck Nicholas' novel TEMPER. In this blog post, Nicholas explains to us why she decided to write a series of books rather than a standalone novel, using her love of endings as a starting point.
We at Teenreads believe that cultural differences should be celebrated, especially in literature, but that doesn't mean they're always easy to get around. Even in our own world, things like race, gender and religion can divide us. But imagine living in a world where aliens were also part of the equation --- what if something as simple as shaking hands could be misconstrued by an alien with a totally different culture? In this blog, Jennifer M. Eaton explains how her science fiction series, Fire in the Woods, aims to transcend cultural differences and teach us something about our own perspectives.
On Tuesday, March 15th, I followed the yellow-edged subway platforms downtown from our NYC offices for a very special launch party for YELLOW BRICK WAR, the third book in Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die series.
To celebrate Valentine's Day, some of our Teen Board members wrote blog posts to celebrate all things book crushes, romance novels and awesome fictional dates. Below, Asia H. reveals a few of her favorite YA heartthrobs.