For years dystopian and fantasy series have dominated teen bookshelves, but now change is in the air: a new brand of gritty, down-to-earth realism is the hot new YA craze. Teen site member muchbooks explains why realistic books are the new thing, and what’s so good about it
Many fantasy, sci-fi and historical novels are set in or inspired by countries across the world, but YA contemporary stories disproportionately take place in the US and UK – and those that are set in other countries are often told by newcomer suffering from culture shock, rather than an actual native. Here teen site member John Hansen recommends his favourite geographically diverse YA books that provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of teenagers throughout the world
Last summer, the adaptation of John Green 's YA novel "The Fault In Our Stars" was a huge hit at the box office, eventually tallying more than $300 million. This summer comes the next -- but unrelated -- John Green adaptation, "Paper Towns."
Gordon Korman, author of many books, including the 'Swindle' series and the 'Titanic' series, discusses the narrator's voice and how dialogue can help to create a character. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series, 'Writers Speak to Kids.'
Science fiction and fantasy are genres where almost anything can happen — as long as the author can make it seem plausible, and as long as it’s part of a good story. But that doesn’t mean there are no rules. If anything, the fact that these genres are so wide open mean that there are tons of rules out there, some unspoken and some written in black and white.
The award-winning author of After Tomorrow on how stories invite us to explore what people who happen to be refugees are going through, leaving the places they know and becoming strangers in a strange land
The settings of these narrative nonfiction titles span decades and geography — from WWII Denmark to contemporary Malawi — but the issues they explore are incredibly timely. When heavy rains, then drought, devastated his country of Malawi and the corrupt government didn’t respond, young William Kamkwamba used his scientific ingenuity to help people in need. …
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