An estimated 2,500 teens, moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, librarians and other avid readers from throughout Texas and beyond, coursed the halls of the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, October 1, for the third annual Austin Teen Book Festival.
David Milgrim has some advice for our fast-paced, high-tech world: slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. That's why the children's book author and illustrator created Goodnight iPad (Penguin, 2011), a soon-to-be released parody of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (HarperCollins, 1947).
Inspired by the enthusiasm of the young critics who last week helped critique and judge the Guardian children's fiction prize, we are in the early stages of creating a dedicated book site where younger readers can review and discuss the books and authors they enjoy reading.
In the spirit of Banned Books Week, StorySnoops is hosting a series of interviews with our friends in the literary world. Our guest today is Joyce Valenza, a teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania.
The cover lets it down by suggesting it is a girls' book when it is in fact a fantastic novel for both sexes. I do not think you could call this a happy book but then again you cannot call it a sad book either. Most of the best books I know have a varied mix and this mix, I believe, is what makes a good book.
Perusing the comic book and graphic novel offerings at Barnes & Noble, I didn’t expect to see Elizabeth Bennet peeking out at me between the latest issues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and Spider-Man.
Born in London, England, Jo Treggiaristarted writing stories for her little sister when she was about eight. Jo would rework fairytales so that the princesses had a little more grit. Then she would write them out on white paper, roll them up and tie with a red ribbon. In high school she penned personalized naughty limericks upon request.
Every Friday, Del Rey Spectra offers a 50-page excerpt from one of their titles. Yesterday's spotlight was placed on Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth by Christopher Golden, the official novel of Naughty Dog's award-winning videogame franchise.
Someone's been a very bad zombie. Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies.
Only two good books emerged from the recent epidemic of literary bloodsucking: The Radleys, Matt Haig's brilliant reimagining of the vampire myth as suburban soap opera, and Marcus Sedgwick's very different version, an attempt to return the undead to their central European peasant roots, My Swordhand Is Singing. Sedgwick is one of our finest writers, specialising in a kind of dark intensity which, if not always gothic, is usually gothish. Even his humorous writing for younger children is in the Addams Family mould.
Jeff Hirsch is the author of the new futuristic dystopia The Eleventh Plague, which no less a luminary than Suzanne Collins called an “excellent, taut debut” (and which you can start reading for a limited time here on Figment). But even he has to defend his literary tastes sometimes. Here’s Jeff on why writing YA fiction is harder—and more satisfying—than adults might think.
Released on Tuesday, this book marks the first installment in what is likely become an ongoing young adult series. Taylor, who is a National Book Award Finalist (for Lips Touch: Three Times), will be in Connecticut tomorrow to discuss & sign her new novel.
Jenny Downham is a British novelist who retired from acting and began writing young adult fiction when her son was born. Her first book, Before I Die, is about a girl with leukemia and her list of things to accomplish before she dies. Her latest novel, You Against Me, tackles the subject of sexual assault.
TELL A GROUP of teenagers that you are recommending to them a young adult novel in which God is the central character and chances are that not all that many of them will start forming a queue outside the nearest library or bookshop. But add the fact that in this particular case – Meg Rosoff’s "There Is No Dog" – God has been given the mind and body of a dazzlingly handsome boy in his late teens and a degree of interest might be aroused.
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