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Several months ago, Teen Board member Kate F. had the chance to go to Book Con, a two-day long celebration of books, authors and readers. She wrote about her experience here on Teenreads. Now she is back on the blog with a post on Gender Equality in YA, which was inspired by one of the panels she went to while at the convention.

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For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member F. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- and even shared some photos!

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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!


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Even before the press surrounding the recent release of its long-lost “sequel,” GO SET A WATCHMAN, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of those books that has been part of America’s collective consciousness since it was first published in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, and in a 2008 survey conducted by Renaissance Learning, was found to be the most widely read book of students between 9th and 12th grades.
 
Although its candid explorations of race, childhood innocence and courage in the face of injustice has given this seminal book serious staying power, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is not free from being challenged in schools and libraries.
 
Below, YA author Courtney Sheinmel (EDGEWATER) and Teen Board member Kate F. talk about what this legendary work means to them on a personal level and how they’d respond to those who want to ban it.
 

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What could be better than hearing three of your favorite authors talk on the same panel, and then getting a chance to meet them? Not much, according to Kate F., Teen Board member. Read below to see her blog post about hearing Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard and Erica O'Rourke at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois.

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In today’s generation, many, many people have tattoos. These tattoos can be of virtually anything: a loved one’s name, religious symbols and even references to popular novels. Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best bookish tattoos --- who knows, you may even be tempted to get one!

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With this blog post,Teen Board member Kate F. takes matchmaking to a whole new level. No, there’s no adorable teen romance here; instead, Kate connects like-minded books and TV shows! So if you’re a TV junkie, find the book that will keep you sane before the next Game of Thrones episode. And if you’ve ripped through the whole The Clique series, see what show has the same level of cute boys, snobby girls and gossip. If you can think of any other good TV/book match-ups, write them in the comments section!


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National Library Week ended on Saturday, but our library love continues year-round here at Teenreads! We asked our Teen Board members to share a fond memory of their library or librarian --- read below to see their responses! If you’re interested in more library memories, click here to see last week’s blog post, where we shared our reviewers’ answers.

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March is National Women's History Month, and the Teen Board is celebrating through a series of blog posts! Every Thursday this month, a different Teen Board member is writing a post that somehow relates to women and literature, so make sure you keep an eye out each week! This final post is by Kate F., where she interviewed four amazing YA authors --- Rosamund Hodge (CRUEL BEAUTY), Susan Dennard (SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY), Sara B. Larson (DEFY) and Erin Bowman (TAKEN) --- about their views on reading and writing strong female heroines!


 

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I’m super excited for this year for so many reasons! But one of the main reasons I’m excited for 2014 is that so many amazing YA novels are coming out and I cannot wait to read them. Even more thrilling is that many of the novels I am most anticipating are being released in February! Check out my list, below. What novels are you eagerly awaiting?

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