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By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Nightmares!

Is Charlie Laird’s new stepmom a kooky herbalist or something much more sinister, as the gloopy purple potion she gleefully pulls from the refrigerator would lead one to suspect? Jason Segel might occasionally co-star with Kermit, but with Kirsten Miller he wrote Nightmares! (Delacorte), a spooky middle-grade novel centered around Charlie, his newly-horrible home life, […]

Posted in: Book Trailers, Video, YA
Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]

Posted in: Bookends, YA
When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

Lynn: Teens often toss around words such as “tyrant” and “dictator” when describing a parent who has thwarted their plans—but what if a parent really WAS a tyrant, responsible for brutal punishments and the deaths of his countrymen? That’s the unusual premise of The Tyrant’s Daughter (2014).  Fifteen-year-old Laila used to live a cosseted life of luxury […]

Posted in: Bookends, YA
Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig
By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

If you frequent the “Inter-Net,” Chuck Wendig is one of those guys you come to be aware of, as one comes to be aware that he or she has allergies or an aversion to fish. Wendig, it turns out, cannot take a breath without having an opinion about it (was it a good breath? a […]

Posted in: Likely Stories, YA
Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

This installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Melanie Gilman’s Eisner-nominated As the Crow Flies, a colored-pencil-only comic, now at more than 200 pages and still going strong. (Gillman uses up one and a third pencils per page. That’s a lot of pencils!) At the heart of this story is Charlie, the lone black teen at a Christian […]

Posted in: Comics, Likely Stories, YA
Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Blindness Visible: Recent Books with Blind Characters

Cindy: Have we run the course of characters with Asperger’s Syndrome? The new trend just might be characters who are blind. Last fall, my first blind student, Maria, arrived at one of my middle schools and she read more books last year using our audiobook collection than most of my sighted students got through. This year, I […]

Posted in: Bookends, Kidlit, YA
Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins
By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

A New Book in the Old Kingdom: Garth Nix’s Magic Will Make a Re-Reader Out of You

Lynn: In my natural habitat I’m a re-reader—an author binger. BCR (Before Committees and Reviewing), I would frequently develop an irresistible itch to start with book one in a favorite series and read them all over again. Ancient detective series, classic fantasies, comfort books—I used to indulge in a re-reading spree many times a year. It’s […]

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2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

2014 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature

On September 15th, the National Book Foundation released the longlist for their National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Many of the longlisted authors are seasoned writers of young people’s fiction, while others have only a few titles under their belt. However, each one has made an impact in the field with their notable work. […]

Posted in: Awards, Likely Stories, News, YA
The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb
By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Blurb is the Word: Uses (and Misuses) of the Book Blurb

Two weeks ago, I happened across a Twitter conversation sparked by Michael Bourret, a literary agent at Dystel & Goderich. “We need to talk about the blurb game,” he wrote. “Are we doing a service to anyone, the blurber or the blurbee?” I know a cry of exasperation when I hear one, so I invited three voices in […]