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While we're all for curling up on the sofa with a good book, there's nothing like getting out in the world and going to a literary event where you can see your favorite authors talk on panels, meet other book lovers and come home with a tote bag stuffed full of new reads. Teen Board member Juliette G. experienced just that when she attened the Miami Book Fair on Saturday, November 21st. Below, she talks about some of the highlights of the day --- including sharing an umbrella with someone you just may have heard of. 
Rose, the protagonist of RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES, isn't the only one who lives by a set of rules. As it turns out, her creator --- debut author Kate McGovern --- has the same tendency. Below, she outlines her own rules to live by --- as well as a few she's trying to break. Be sure to check out Kate's post, below, as well as the book itself!
November 23, 2015

National Book Awards

Wednesday, November 18th was one of the biggest literary nights of the year --- The National Book Awards!
Teen Board member Brynn S. got one of the best phone calls of her life, recently --- her friend Danielle invited her to join her at the L.A. premiere and afterparty for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. On Friday, we posted her blog about the entire experience of the premiere, and today, we're posting Part 2 (see the parallels with the movie, here?), which is a review of the film itself. Read below, and see whether or not they reflect your own thoughts on the movie!
When Brynn S.'s good friend called her up, she was expecting to talk about school, mutual friends -- all of the usual stuff. She was NOT expecting to be invited to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part the L.A. premiere. And go to the after-party. What?! Below, she outlines her amazing experience celebrating the end of one of the best YA franchises ever written (and filmed). Go vicariously through her.
November 18, 2015

Books To Be Thankful For

By Kate F.
As Thanksgiving rolls around, I always find myself in awe of the amount of things each and every one of us has to be thankful for. Maybe it’s our families, our friends, the world we live in… even the books we read! Below I have complied a list of novels I am thankful for and why I am thankful for them. Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!
While plenty of books are wholly original, no one can claim that literature is immune to trends. TWILIGHT set off an entire slew of vampire titles, and dystopians flooded the young adult market for years. In 2015, books featuring protagonists with mental health issues have dominated the YA scene.   In this blog series, Teen Board member Alison S. takes a look at another trend that continues to stay strong in adult and YA literature alike --- fairy tale adaptations. Her first post discussed Gregory Maguire’s CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER. Her second post, below, covers Janette Rallison's MY FAIR GODMOTHER.    
A lot of authors have “comfort zones” --- they only write for a particular age group, only craft dark dystopias or light-hearted romances, they live for fast-paced plots or “quiet novels” with richly developed characters. Howard Shapiro’s comfort zone is graphic novels, but that didn’t prevent him from completely breaking the mold and writing a young adult biography: I WAS PICKED: The John Challis Story (November 10, 2015). Below, he talks about how the book came to be, and the challenges and victories that come with writing something that falls distinctly outside of your repertoire. Check it out, below, and be sure to pick up a copy of the book!      
Everyone has a favorite genre. Maybe you're a huge fan of love stories, or fairytale retellings where cyborg princesses or alternate viewpoints add a surprising twist to your favorite classics. You could be into dark and dismal dystopias, or, even though Halloween is over, like reading nail-biting horrors by flashlight. While Teen Board member Pranshu A. doesn't  have a problem with any of these genres, the coveted "favorite" title would have to belong to the espionage/spy/thriller category. Below, she explains why, and suggests some authors you should check out if you're interested in giving this exciting genre a try!  
Cassandra --- the progragonist in Renee Collins' new novel UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN (Sourcebooks, November 3, 2015) --- meets a cute boy in the sleepy Massachusetts town where she's staying the summer before senior year. He's not just any boy, though; first, he claims that the private beach where they meet is his, not hers. Second, he claims the year is 1925. Come again? To celebrate the publication of this mystical, time-crossing tale of young love, we asked Renee to put herself in Cassandra's shoes: "If you could meet someone from the past, who would it be and why?" See her answer below, and be sure to check out the book!