I’m always on the lookout for teen novels that will lure more adult readers into the YA section. I have a soft spot for Australian fiction. I’m currently reading for the Cybils. And I’m still in October Mode.
The excellent Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey fits into all four categories.
On a hot summer night, there’s a tap at Charlie Bucktin’s window. It’s Jasper Jones, the town’s teenage outcast. If there’s a crime committed, he’s the prime suspect; if there’s ...
While Bunheads may be Sophie Flack’s literary debut, this page-ripping romp backstage at the ballet marks the first step in the 28-year-old’s second career. Three years ago, at the tender age of 25, Flack retired from dancing with the prestigious New York City Ballet as a member of its corps de ballet, a position she’d held for nine years.
Drawing largely from Flack’s experiences with NYCB, the novel follows 19-year-old Hannah Ward’s struggles and quiet triumphs as she trains and ...
I judge books by their covers.That’s a slight exaggeration. It isn’t so much that I judge books with less-than-compelling covers—it’s that I just put off reading them. They languish in my To Be Read pile, constantly getting passed over for shinier, prettier books. Which, of course, is a terrible failing on my part.
But that’s one of the great things about Cybils Season: it forces me to read books that I’d otherwise miss out on, and oftentimes, they turn ...
Suppose you’re a 15-year-old kid growing up in Iowa. Suppose your parents leave you home alone for the weekend. Then suppose a super volcano blows its top, covering your world in fire, ash and a frenzy of post-disaster mayhem. Do you make it out alive?
In Ashfall, Mike Mullin has blended a knowledge of survival skills, from Tae Kwon Do to skinning rabbits, with geological and ecological authenticity to deliver an apocalyptic coming-of-age story that will make readers second-guess the ...
Dear Mr. Peck, If anyone had suggested to me 10 years ago that I would be writing you a love letter, I would have told them they were crazy. I am not in the habit of writing love letters at all, for the first thing, and for the second, I'm not sure you'd have been the target of my first one.
But here I am, wearing my heart on my sleeve for you.
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I love fantasy, science fiction, horror, every one of their subgenres and all imaginable combinations, but my reading regimen for the next few months has been suddenly, drastically altered: I’ve been selected as a first round YA panelist for the 2011 Cybils Awards. Which means all straight-up YA fiction, all the time.
Read more about 2010 Cybils Award winners.
Not familiar with the Cybils? Well, let me enlighten you!
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If you trust me implicitly, you need to do five things:
1. Walk away from your computer.
2. Get your wallet.
3. Pull out your card of choice, whether it be credit, debit or library.
4. Use it to procure a copy of Moira Young’s Blood Red Road.
5. Read it.
If you’d like a little more to go on than that, keep reading.
Back in August, I promised ...
Karen Sandler has written for most of her life and published numerous romance novels before deciding to write for teenagers. She says Tankborn was about 30 years in the making and had several incarnations—first, as an idea inspired by conversations on the caste system with an Indian co-worker, then as an adult screenplay for a futuristic thriller (optioned but never produced) before finding its final form in Tankborn, her first novel for teens. In it, teenage Kayla finds herself questioning ...