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September 11, 2009

Jennifer Brown: Being Remembered, Personally

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With hot titles like Twilight, The Blue Bloods, The House of Night and Vampire Academy series gracing store shelves, it seems like we just can't get enough vampire stories these days; but, today's guest blogger, Max Turner, reminds us that readers have devoured them for centuries. Below, he shares a bit of back story about his debut novel, NIGHT RUNNER, and muses on the enduring popularity of these enigmatic fanged figures.
September 8, 2009

A Little Post-Summer Reading Humor

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We read this cartoon from Foxtrot over the weekend about required summer reading and it totally amused us. Take a look here and see if it describes what happens in your classroom when you discuss summer reading!
Today's guest blogger is David Levithan, author and co-author of YA faves like BOY MEETS BOY,
We have quite a juicy roundup of new releases to share with you today, brimming with more than 20 new titles that range from the works of YA heavyweights like Avi, Patricia McCormick, Darren Shan and Suzanne Collins to those of inspiring debut authors like Max Turner, Malinda Lo, and Jennifer Brown. The Teenreads staff will be on hiatus this week until after Labor Day, so we hope this jam-packed list will leave you with enough book fodder to tide you over until you hear from us again next Tuesday. In the mean time, happy reading!
For most authors, launching a new book is probably more a nerve-wracking experience than a celebratory occasion. Below, Frank Portman --- author of KING DORK --- shares how he conquered his case of release-date angst for his latest novel, ANDROMEDA KLEIN.
In case you hadn't already marked your calendars and begun counting down the days, CATCHING FIRE --- the highly anticipated sequel to last year's bestseller, THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins --- hits shelves next week on September 1st! To give you just a little taste of what's in store for Katniss and Peeta in this second installment of the trilogy, you can read the first chapter of the book on Scholastic's website, here.
Susan McBride may have never been a debutante herself, but growing up, she was immersed in enough of the Deb culture to pen seven novels set in the Texas social scene.
August 24, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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Just in time for the start of the school year, this week’s new releases offer compelling tales of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption as everyone is heading back to their desks. Secrets are uncovered as we follow the Faust teenagers to the elite Marlowe School, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts" in ANOTHER FAUST.
In preparation for a class she'll teach in the fall on writing teen fiction, Beth Ann Bauman --- whose own YA novel, ROSIE & SKATE, was released this month --- has been pondering over