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An Ambitious, Probing Graphic Novel That Offers a Unique Look at Hurricane Katrina

"I couldn't help but feel like I knew the people of New Orleans, personally." Read the full review,  here!

Win a Copy of This "Masterful Novel That Will Surely Give Readers Nightmares."

We delve into this documentary-style book about a mysterious school fire with a contest, interview and excerpt!

Summer is the Season for Group Activities...and for "Group" Books!

Ranging from heartmelting romance to shake-in-your-sandals horror, check out these 20 multi-author anthologies!

 

Enter by September 21st to Win!

Read your back-to-school worries away with five awesome YA books, plus a tote bag! Click here to enter.

Features and Contests

Teen Choice Book Awards 2015

Congratulations to Kiera Cass, whose book THE ONE won the Teen Choice Book of the Year, and Jennifer Mathieu, who won the Teen Choice Debut Author Award for THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE. See all of the winners, here!

 

September Teen Board Question

Back to school means back to group projects! Sure you can work with your best friend or the smartest kid in your class, but wouldn't it be fun to choose partners from books? We certainly thought so. Therefore, we asked our Teen Board members to answer the following question:  You get to be in a group with two characters from books (either the same book or different books) --- who would you choose to work with, and why? See their answers, here!

 

 
Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors --- YA Titles

Two panels of booksellers chose the seven best YA titles written by debut authors coming out in the next season. Check them out here, and be sure to add them to your TBR list! 

Cool & New

Our August roundup includes "Sesame Street" star Sonia Manzano’s memoir, BECOMING MARIA, and David Lubar's SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS.

Side by Side

 

Read our Survival Side by Side, featuring Melinda Braun (STRANDED) and Paul Griffin (ADRIFT).

Latest Reviews

One day Deedra comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river --- a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet. But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.

There's a rule at Mike's Place: never, ever talk politics or religion. At this blues bar on the Tel Aviv beachfront, an international cast of characters mingles with the locals, and everyone is welcome to grab a beer and forget the conflict outside. At least, that's the story Jack and Joshua want to tell in their documentary. But less than a month after they begin filming, Mike's Place is the target of a deadly suicide bombing. Jack, Joshua, and the Mike's Place family survive the only way they know how-by keeping the camera rolling.

Michael “Misha” Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto. Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp.

A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains --- a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. Tiuri's journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. 

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday --- and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse --- Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself.  Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to enlist in the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. 
 
And then everything implodes. Darius is accused of being a terrorist. Kamran refuses to believe it, but the evidence is there --- Darius has been filmed making threats against his country, hinting at an upcoming deadly attack. Kamran's friends turn on him --- suddenly, in their eyes, he's a terrorist, too.

When 17 year old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on "Sesame Street" for an astounding 44 years, plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving --- and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. Spiced with culture, heartache and humor, BECOMING MARIA paints a lasting portrait of Sonia's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson - Graphic Novel

Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp commentary on our environmentally challenged world.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown - Biography

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under 20 feet of water; property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion; and 1,833 people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism and courage --- and also of incompetence, racism and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. Alexander, Macedon's 16-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer… 

Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. What does she want? What kind of artist am I? Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope--a sharp-edged, indelible work of art that will live inside your head.

Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and finds himself a boyfriend and a new group of friends. Can Marty and Jimmy keep up their friendship? And is Marty’s new beau everything he appears to be? Or is Marty too clueless to figure it all out before it’s too late?

Scott Hudson has somehow managed to survive Freshman year. But with a new baby brother in the house and a whole host of adventures awaiting him at school, Sophomore year promises to be anything but boring.