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Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, interns Dana and Maya and reviewers Katherine and Matthew, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Click here for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience or read below for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, interns Dana and Maya and reviewers Katherine and Matthew, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Read below for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience or click here for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.
Teen Board Member Bryn D. recently attended the Books by the Banks festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. This regional book festival is coming up on its 10th anniversary next year and is host to over a hundred authors for different events. It sure sounds like booknerd heaven! Bryn had the chance to sit down with Mindy McGinnis, author of NOT A DROP TO DRINK and most recently THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES. Find out about her upcoming releases and the books that inspired her to write in this post.   
J.R.R.R. Hardison, author of FISH WIELDER, features some fun talking animals in his latest release. In this post, Hardison fills us in on 10 of his favorite tales with talking animals. He begins with an explanation of his definition of "talking animals" and finishes with a Dr. Seuss-inspired insight into his own writing and vocally-present animal characters. From Harry Potter to THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, Hardison's list will not disappoint with nods to all of our favorite animal characters and tales.
On Tuesday, September 20th, Teenreads was live at Books of Wonder for the launch of Danielle Paige's latest fairytale retelling, STEALING SNOW. Paige's new book focuses on the often under-discussed tale of the Snow Queen, a tale with dark undertones and beautiful imagery.
Several years ago, I read SHADOW AND BONE --- a YA high fantasy with some Russian flavor --- and fell in love with the world, but for some reason I never continued on with the series until recently, when I reread SHADOW AND BONE and binge-read the rest of the series this summer. When I saw that Leigh Bardugo was coming to The Strand in NYC for the launch of CROOKED KINGDOM, I knew that I had to buy tickets, despite not having read SIX OF CROWS yet --- I know, I am a shameful booknerd.
In the original Seven series, the seven grandsons of David McLean are tasked with completing seven unusual adventures, taking them from the top of Kilimanjaro to the bottom of the Mediterranean. Their stories are now continued with the Seven Prequels --- seven action-packed stories by seven different authors. To celebrate, we're taking part in a blog tour with author John Wilson. Read below to learn more and click here to follow the blog tour and see the rest of the posts. Have you ever tried writing a mystery novel with twists and turns that cohesively must come together in a dramatic and thrilling ending? It is definitely not an easy task. With THE MISSING SKULL, author John Wilson decided to see how he would handle the mystery of writing a mystery novel. Wilson jumped into his writing without an outline and faced some trouble in creating a cohesive and consistent story. However, he prevailed in his struggles and was rewarded with an unpredictable and complex novel. Read below to find out what Wilson learned about the mystery writing process and even himself!
Ever since February, I've been hearing a ton about a very special book called LABYRINTH LOST by author Zoraida Cordova. While fantasy and magic and common themes in YA books, LABYRINTH LOST immediately stood out to me because of its Latina heroine, Alex, a bruja who doesn't want anything to do with her amazing powers. But when she tries to rid herself of them, something goes terribly long and her family disappears. Alex joins forces with a mysterious boy and her best friend to journey to Los Lagos a dangerous in-between world to save her family --- and learn about herself along the way. Since hearing about this book for the first time, I've run into Zoraida at several book events, so I was beyond excited to finally attend her own book launch at Books of Wonder.  Read more about the event below!
A few weeks ago Teenreads.com’s Rebecca Munro and I attended the launch event for Tahereh Mafi’s new middle grade FURTHERMORE, which was held at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. The event was free to attend --- except the signing required a purchase of the book.   
Here at Teenreads, we often find ourselves amazed by the stories, characters and worlds authors are able to invent, expand upon and share with us. Don't get us wrong --- we have tons of ideas (some better than others), but the idea of actually putting them on paper can often sound next to impossible. In this post, author Aurelia Wills explains how the image of a woman she knew in high school stuck with her for years after and inspired her to finally put pen to paper and write SOMEONE I WANTED TO BE, a story about an insecure girl whose life spirals out of control when she begins to impersonate someone else and lose focus on herself.