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September 26, 2013


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Banned Books, Nominated Books and Autumnal Books with Teenreads.com!
Happy Banned Books Week! You may have heard about this event in English class. During Banned Books Week, attention is given to books that have been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools because of their content. Growing up, it was an ongoing joke in my family that my fun reading would come almost exclusively from the list of banned or challenged books. I was definitely that kind of teen --- I thought that if there was something in a book that someone didn’t want you to read, it was all the more worthwhile. Fortunately, my parents (especially my dad) were totally on board with this. At the same time, however, I was always encouraged to examine what I was reading and realize that not everything written is true, right or should be taken without a grain of salt. I strongly believe that it’s up to the reader to make up their own mind about the content of a book rather than not being given the chance to do so. What do you think about banned/challenged books or censorship? I would love to hear what you have to say!

For more information about Banned Books Week, click here. And you can get to the list of the most challenged books by year (for your own rebellious reading pleasure) by clicking here. For some additional inspiration, check out this 20SomethingReads.com blog post, where some 20Somethings talk about their favorite banned books. You may be surprised as to what’s on there!

In light of Harry Potter topping many banned/challenged lists AND that we’re celebrating its 15th anniversary for being published stateside, let’s talk about our current poll! We asked about which classes you would want to take if you were a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. So far, 73% of you have (unsurprisingly) voted that you’d want to take Flying, 65% of you want to take Defense Against the Dark Arts (you’ve gotta protect yourself!), 64% want to take Potions (even though Snape is the grumpiest of professors) and it’s a tie for fourth between Transfiguration and Charms, each with a 58% percent response. Would you prefer to take Care of Magical Creatures of Divination? Take our poll before it closes on October 1st.

We LOVE hearing what you think of YA lit via our “He Said/She Said” feature and our monthly poll. Now we have a chance for you to weigh in on a book cover with the opportunity to win GREAT prizes. Take Teenreads.com 5-Minute Cover Survey about the cover for Geoff Herbach’s upcoming book, and when you are done, you can enter to win either one of five sets of all three of Geoff’s previous books (STUPID FAST, NOTHING SPECIAL and I’M WITH STUPID) or one of 10 copies of STUPID FAST. Great deal, right? The deadline to take the survey is Thursday, October 24th. Click here to take the survey! And afterwards, check out the blog post Herbach wrote for us back in 2011 when STUPID FAST was first published. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Speaking of surveys, we have the results to our FIFTH "He Said/She Said" cover survey! You voted about what you thought the gender appeal of Vicki Grove’s EVERYTHING BREAKS cover is. Most of you thought this book would be great for boys AND girls…but many more thought that this book is for boys rather than girls. Interesting! Did Teen Board members Patrick and Ashley agree? Click here to find out. To see all of our previous four features, click here.

Next Tuesday, look for our annual Book O’Lantern contest. It’s a month-long holiday-themed book celebration where you can enter to win MANY haunted, spooky, scary --- and just plain great --- reads, along with candy…because you’re never too old for that, right? Candy, I mean. Books, of course, you never outgrow!

Now onto this month’s reviews….

Brandon Sanderson, a well-known adult fantasy author, is beginning a series for teens with STEELHEART! Ten years ago, Calamity came and gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. But with this gift came the power to rule. No one fights these Epics but the Reckoners, a group of normal humans who study the Epics’ weaknesses. David wants in --- he wants to avenge his father’s death by destroying the most powerful Epic, Steelheart. Reviewer Benjamin Boche writes, “The Epics' superpowers are amazing and awful at the same time, and seemingly more amazing is that regular humans (not other superheroes or humans with superpower suits) fight back and fight back well.” I can attest that this is an incredible read --- it feels like you are in the middle of a comic book!

Fantasy fans, rejoice! This year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle in BATTLE MAGIC. On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor's summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Carly Silver reviews, “Yes, other authors can weave tales about mages and war, but no one else hits home harder with the message about the horrors of combat than Pierce.”

Is it possible to make friends by studying fashion magazines, watching TV and memorizing the lyrics to all Top 40 hits? Elise Dembowski’s sure thought she could. In Leila Sales’s THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, Elise fails horribly at being popular. But then, on one late night walk, she stumbles upon a warehouse party. There, she finally finds friends, first love and a passion for DJ-ing. Caroline Osborn explains, “Sales revitalizes the story of the outsider and avoids many of the clichés that we expect. There are no easy answers for Elise.” If you love music, you’ll definitely love this book. The publisher even has a playlist to listen to, inspired by the book!

THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski was our June "He Said/She Said" featured book, and now this quirky realistic fiction is out in bookstores! On the morning of his 18th birthday, high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack's ex-girlfriend has given birth, and Jack is the father. The only way this new teenage father can make sense of this event is to kidnap the baby, hit the road with his best friend and the ex-girlfriend, and show his child to his grandmother. In her review, Kate Sidlowski says, “Through THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT, Emil Ostrovski redefines the idea of 'the quest'...Along the way, he explores fatherhood, friendship and philosophy and begins to question the world in a way that only a teenager can.”

In honor of the last book in Ilsa J. Bick’s Ashes Trilogy, MONSTERS, published earlier this month, we have a series feature for the entire series. In MONSTERS, Alex discovers a new and horrifying truth: the Change isn’t over, the Changed are still evolving, and they’ve had help. For more about the books (ASHES, SHADOWS and MONSTERS) in this terrifying and thrilling dystopian series, click here. If you have not read these books, it’s a great time to burn through the entire series...and you can do it back-to-back-to-back!

What would you do if your water supply was contaminated? Would you work endlessly to purify the water from your backyard pond? What about killing in order to protect your precious life resource? In Mindy McGinnis’ NOT A DROP TO DRINK, teenage Lynn survives by doing both. We were lucky to ask the author some questions about her debut! In this interview, Mindy McGinnis explains the inspiration for her environmental dystopian debut, confirms how fun it is to write a character completely inexperienced with social interactions and reveals how she'd fare in a survival situation.

Check out our Adult Books You Want to Read feature for books we think you’ll enjoy. This month, MY MOTHER'S SECRET: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story by J.L. Witterick is a profound, captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier and the clever and "righteous" mother and daughter who teamed up to save them. Look at the writing in this one. Few words on a page, or in a chapter, and every one of them matters. Really well done!

The National Book Award longlist for young people’s literature was announced last Monday! How many of the nominees have you read? THE SUMMER PRINCE by Alaya Dawn Johnson, TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan, PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff, BOXERS & SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang and FAR, FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal are all on the list. And we have reviews for ALL of them, except for PICTURE ME GONE, which will be published in October --- expect a review for that book then! The next round of finalists will be announced in a shortlist on October 16th, and we’ll find out the winner on November 20th. We’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way!

Whether your favorite books to read are banned/challenged books, award-winning books, books from our Ultimate Reading List or anything else that catches your eye, the important thing is finding the books that you love! We are happy to be of help…and remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for daily YA lit news and updates for what’s going on with Teenreads.com. And every reader knows that friends don’t let friends go bookless --- share the love with your friends, family, teachers and librarians you know!

Happy autumnal reading!

--- Liz (liz@bookreporter.com)
Now in Stores: STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson
STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy)
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. But with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. Nobody fights these Epics but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they study Epics, find their weaknesses and then assassinate them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart. The Epic who killed David's father. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Now in Stores: BATTLE MAGIC by Tamora Pierce

BATTLE MAGIC by Tamora Pierce (Fantasy)
On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor's summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Reviewed by Carly Silver.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales
THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales (Realistic Fiction)
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.


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Now in Stores: THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski

THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski (Fiction)
On the morning of his 18th birthday, philosophy student and high school senior Jack Polovsky is somewhat seriously thinking of suicide when his cell phone rings. Jack's ex-girlfriend, Jess, has given birth, and Jack is the father. The new teenage father kidnaps the baby, names him Socrates, stocks up on baby supplies at Wal-Mart and hits the road with his best friend, Tommy, and the ex-girlfriend. Reviewed by Kate Sidlowski.

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Series Feature: Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick
In this dystopian series, Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing --- including troubled teen Alex --- must learn what it means not only to survive, but to live amidst the devastation. Survival is no longer just a question of who can be trusted --- but of who is no longer human...

ASHES:
Alex has escaped to a secluded forest in Michigan to confront her unknown future when an electromagnetic pulse explodes in the sky and instantly kills billions. She and a small band of survivors must struggle to survive the elements, each other, and the beckoning zombie apocalypse.

SHADOWS:
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she'd come to love, but quickly learns that there are no safe havens anymore. In a post-apocalyptic world full of savagery, Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her; the survivors, who don't trust her; and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

MONSTERS:
When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse --- until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a goodbye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue --- on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit --- she discovers a new and horrifying truth.
Click here to read more about the series.

 
Interview: Mindy McGinnis , author of NOT A DROP TO DRINK
What would happen if our entire water supply was contaminated? Author Mindy McGinnis tackles this question in her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK. Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes and most important, people looking for a drink. Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it...

In this interview, Mindy McGinnis explains the inspiration for her environmental dystopian debut, confirms how fun it is to write a character completely inexperienced with social interactions and reveals how she'd fare in a survival situation.

NOT A DROP TO DRINK by Mindy McGinnis (Dystopian)
Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty or doesn't leave at all. Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.
 
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Teenreads.com Five-Minute Survey: Give Us Your Thoughts on a Book Cover

We know how much you all enjoy voicing your opinion, so we're giving you the chance to tell us what you think about a proposed cover for Geoff Herbach's upcoming YA novel that won't published until June 2014. Share your thoughts in our five-minute survey and you can enter to win a book prize. The deadline to take the survey is Thursday, October 24th.

Five grand winners will receive all three of Geoff Herbach’s previous books, STUPID FAST, NOTHING SPECIAL and I'M WITH STUPID.

Ten additional winners will receive a copy of STUPID FAST.

 

Click here to take the cover survey.


 
He Said/She Said: Cover Survey for EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and are FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Each month, there will first be a cover survey to ask YOU what you think of the cover. After that, we'll reveal the results of the poll along with the reader responses from a Teen Board boy and a Teen Board girl --- but they never saw the cover, title or author's name!

In our September "He Said/She Said" feature, we are asked YOU if you think EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover. Now, read what Patrick and Ashley thought about reading the book --- without seeing the title, author's name or cover!

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for TANDEM by Anna Jarzab.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux.

- Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for REALITY BOY by A. S. King.
 
Click here to visit our "He Said/She Said" feature for EVERYTHING BREAKS by Vicki Grove.

 
Teenreads.com's Teen Board

In their applications for a position on the Teen Board, these 27 teens have demonstrated their passion for reading and their readiness to share their opinions about books and authors. During their six-month term, they will be writing blogs, contributing book reviews, sharing feedback on Teenreads.com and participating in our monthly He Said/She Said feature. Click on each Teen Board member's name to visit their Contributor Page, where you can read a longer profile and get to know a bit more about them.

If you are interested in joining our next Teen Board, we'll be posting applications for the January-June 2014 term in late October. We'll make an announcement when that is up!

I hope you all are enjoying the Teen Board's reading responses to the "He Said/She Said" feature books. We are working hard to expand what the Teen Board is doing --- email me any ideas you have for the first book for our book club or anything you'd like the Teen Board to talk about!

To celebrate Macmillan's AWESOME roundup of their realistic fiction titles, ReaLITy Reads, our Teen Board members each picked a book they were interested in and wrote personal responses. We are posting one each week on our blog. So far, we've heard from Aliza M. about her response to FREAKBOY by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Ashley L. about BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael, Alex R. about SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, Thanh Tu about WHEN WE WUZ FAMOUS by Greg Takoudes, Cara about SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson and Harman about BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller.

Have you visited our blog to see what the Teen Board is writing? Kate F. writes about "Banned Books Week," Keara D. gives us "A Book Hipster's Guide," Jennifer B. posed the question, Mary M. expressed her frustrations about fear of reading the classics in "You're Reading WHAT?," Kate F. talked about a movie in "Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie: A New Perspective" and Cara S. explained a difficult choice while packing up for college in "Narrowing Down Your Books: The Great Decision."

Click here to read the Teen Board's profile.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

Elizabeth Miles' conclusion to the Fury series is ETERNITY, in which Em is driven slowly crazy by a reoccurring dream and the Furies staying close at bay. And she feels...different: She’s angry, and never cold, and too strong. Without Drea’s help, or anyone to turn to, Em is quickly running out of options. In this blog post, Elizabeth Miles describes a situation she experienced in high school, where should would have loved to have summoned the Furies. And, don't forget to check out the trailer for ETERNITY, premiered in this very blog post!

Author Francesca Lia Block has been quite busy lately, with her latest YA book, LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING, published in August and the paperback edition of THE ELEMENTALS to come out later this month. As an author who writes for both adults and young adults, the line between adult and YA literature can easily become blurred, especially if the protagonist is in her teens. In this blog post, "The Blurred Lines Between Adult and Young Adult Literary Fiction" Block explains how one story can appeal to both adults, new adults and teens.

Our Teen Board is really active on our blog. Check out the Teen Board section of this newsletter to see what they've been writing. Or you can click here to read all Teen Board blog posts.
 

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Other Reviews
THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White (Mythology)
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up --- which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. So when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic --- and dangerous --- complications. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member.

MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness (Dystopian)
A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown and completely abandoned. Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this... Reviewed by Alex R., Teen Board member.

THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason (Historical Fiction/Espionage)
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.

THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas (Fantasy)
Iolanthe Seabourne is the one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant 16-year-old girl with no training. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP by Jennifer Hubbard (Social Issues)
In seventh grade, Maggie Camden was the class outcast. Four years have passed since then, and Maggie’s tormentors seem to have moved on. Raleigh Barringer even moved out of town. Still, the only time Maggie feels at peace is when she’s hiking with her best friend, Nick. But how can Maggie expect anything more? And how can she ever feel safe, now that Raleigh Barringer is suddenly --- terrifyingly --- back in town? Reviewed by Barakah I., Teen Board member.

FIND ME by Romily Bernard (Thriller)
When teen hacker and foster child Wick Tate finds a dead classmate's diary on her front step, with a note reading "Find me," she sets off on a perverse game of hide-and-seek to catch the killer. But things get even more personal as Wick's deadbeat dad returns and the killer points to Wick's sister Lily as the next target. Reviewed by Patrick C., Teen Board member.

SHADOWS by Robin McKinley (Fantasy)
Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. Reviewed by Emma S., Teen Board member.

ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry (Historical Fiction)
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

DANCER, DAUGHTER, TRAITOR, SPY by Elizabeth Kiem (Thriller)
Marina is born of privilege. Her mother, Sveta, is the Soviet Union's prima ballerina. But Sveta is afflicted with a mysterious second sight and becomes obsessed with exposing a horrific state secret. Then she disappears. Fearing for their lives, Marina and her father defect to Brooklyn. Now Marina must navigate the web of intrigue surrounding her mother's disappearance, her ability and exactly whom she can --- and can't --- trust. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst (Fantasy)
Eve has a new home, a new face and a new name --- but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access --- and there is nothing they won’t say --- or do --- to her to get her to remember. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles (Social Issues)
Josh expected to spend senior year hanging out with his best friends, driving around and partying. But here he is --- new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, his one real friend. He wonders if they could be more, but if Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Reviewed by Amanda P., Teen Board member.

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick (Historical Fiction)
Rich is 15 and plays guitar. When asked to perform at a protest rally, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up and so does Rich’s dad. Frustrated by his dad’s silence, Rich breaks into a locked cabinet that holds his dad’s prized possession. Before he knows it, Rich is transported to the side of a road in Upstate New York with a beautiful girl bending over him. Reviewed by Thanh Tu N., Teen Board member.

FRIDAY NEVER LEAVING by Vikki Wakefield (Social Issues)
Friday Brown has never had a home. She and her mother live on the road, running away from the past instead of putting down roots. So when her mom succumbs to cancer, her journey takes her to an abandoned house where a bunch of street kids are squatting and an intimidating girl named Arden holds court. Reviewed by Lucy S., Teen Board member.

OPEN MIC: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins (Humor)
Listen in as 10 YA authors --- some familiar, some new --- use their own brand of humor to share their stories about growing up between cultures. Edited by acclaimed author and speaker Mitali Perkins, this collection of fiction and nonfiction uses a mix of styles as diverse as their authors, from laugh-out-loud funny to wry, ironic or poignant, in prose, poetry and comic form. Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board member.

DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange (Friendship)
A riddle rarely makes sense the first time you hear it. The connection between Dane and Billy D doesn’t make sense the second time you hear it. But it’s a collection of riddles that solidifies their unusual friendship. Reviewed by Jennifer B., Teen Board member.

DEAD GIRLS DON'T LIE by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (Mystery)
Rachel died at two a.m...Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text. Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before...before that terrible night at the old house. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.
 
Adult Books You Want to Read
Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here is our latest featured title:

MY MOTHER'S SECRET: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story by J.L. Witterick (Historical Fiction)
Based on a true story, MY MOTHER'S SECRET is a profound, captivating and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier and the clever and "righteous" mother and daughter who teamed up to save them. Reviewed by Jane Krebs
Click here to visit our Adult Books You Want to Read feature.

 
Around the Web
Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter? If you do, you'll know that we LOVE to share fun, YA-related articles with you from other sources around the web. Unusual punctuation marks to celebrate Punctuation Day? The movie trailer to the next YA movie adaptation? List of banned books? Check them out here!

14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed (BuzzFeed)

It’s Banned Books Week. Read a banned book! (The Washington Post)

J.K. Rowling to Write a Harry Potter Spinoff Movie (Vulture)

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand (BuzzFeed Community)

Q & A with Nancy Farmer (Publishers Weekly)
 

This Month's Poll

Poll

As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter in the USA, we'd like to know if you were at Hogwarts, which classes would you want to take?

Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration

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