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Have you ever dreamed of meeting one of your favorite authors IRL? Here at Teenreads, we're always on the hunt for book launches, author signings and bookish conventions where we can meet our favorite authors, get signed books and learn more about some of our favorite stories. This month, Teen Board Member Pranshu A. was able to attend the Austin, Texas, book launch event for Cora Carmack's ROAR, a debut fantasy where the land is ruled and shaped by violent magical storms --- and the power lies with those who control them. In this post, Pranshu shares all the details about her experience and how it became a dream come true.

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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!

 

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Everything’s about to change for Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation in THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie --- he’s going to attend high school in all-white farm town.

First published in 2007, Alexie’s book has won multiple awards --- including the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature --- and his been praised for its authentic voice, searing wit and treatment of important issues like race and identity. It is also one of the most frequently banned books, earning the top spot on the American Library Association’s Frequently Challenged Books list this year.

Below, Sara Joiner, author of AFTER THE ASHES, and Teen Board members Bryn D. and Pranshu A. talk about why they love THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN --- and exactly what they’d say to the people trying to ban it.

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Many of you are going back to school soon and some of you may have already started. School means waking up early five days of the week, spending money that could be used to buy books on school supplies, and having hours upon hours of homework every night. School also means having to read (let’s be frank here) boring books where you have to analyze every single thing for English class *cue groans from the audience.* While I’m sure those books will help in the future (someday…someday), here are my recommendations for some books to read before school starts.

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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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Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you read too much? Maybe it’s when you’re driving around and see a place that you think looks exactly like Middle Earth. Or maybe it’s when you look at someone and you realize that they look exactly like William Herondale from The Infernal Devices (*swoon*). I myself realized a few days ago that yes, I do indeed read way, way too much.

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Last Monday, a few of the Teen Board members and I met to talk about DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. We wanted to talk about the book, but also about what we were expecting from the upcoming movie adaptation. Because it was difficult to get everyone together (especially during the week) I sent some question to the Teen Board to answer.
 
Do you agree with the responses to these questions? Are you excited for the Divergent movie to come out in March 2014?
 
And n honor of the third book in the series, ALLIGIANT, being released tomorrow, we'll be posting another discussion for INSURGENT later this week! Keep an eye out for that.

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Realistic fiction is a unique genre in YA because it illustrates challenging situations you may not have personally experienced but connects you to emotions you have. Whether it's uncovering life-altering secrets, making a tough choice, coming to terms with your sexuality or finding your voice, realistic fiction addresses themes relevant to real life. To highlight some of their fantastic realistic fiction, Macmillan established their ReaLITy program. Our Teen Board decided to check out these reads and respond to them in this blog series.

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We recently asked our Teen Board to tell us their favorite book quotations. You probably have one yourself --- you read an excellent book and a line just sticks with you. You may not know why (and maybe not even care), but there it is, in the back of your mind, on the tip of your tongue or on the back of your eyelids. It speaks to you in some way, and that's all that matters. Maybe you even recite it during the perfect moment, and you smile to yourself because it's your own inside joke.

Let's see which quotations stood out to a few members of the Teen Board and maybe you'll get to know them a little better this way.

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