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Two Authors Spin This Classic Fairy Tale on Its Head

We talk to Alex Flinn and Donna Jo Napoli about envy, magic mirrors and their brand new YA novels.

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.

It's the South Bronx, 1983, and Smiles' and Nike's Friendship Will Never Be the Same

A powerful novel that explores hip-hop, racial tension and a changing world.

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 September roundup includes Ransom Riggs' third Miss Peregrine novel LIBRARY OF SOULS and the reimagined fairy tale THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE.

Side by Side

 

Read our Snow White Side by Side, featuring Alex Flinn (MIRRORED) and Donna Jo Napoli (DARK SHIMMER).

Latest Reviews

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape and then return to her own body. Only there are a few catches...For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Zoe feels like she will live forever in her famous mother’s shadow. Jake struggles to find the right connections in friendship and in love. Mia keeps trying on new identities, looking for one that actually fits. Gregor thought he wanted to be more than just a band geek. And Whitney seems to have it all, until it’s all falling apart around her. Carolyn Mackler skillfully brings the stories of these five disparate teens together to create a distinct and cohesive whole --- a novel about how we can all affect one another’s lives in the most unexpected and amazing ways.

Away from her family Jessamy can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors --- one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy --- causes heads to turn. 

Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical --- but they couldn't be more different. But despite their differences, Kelsey and Michelle can't live without each other --- until everything changes. When Michelle dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. As the only one who knows about her sister's boyfriend, Peter, Kelsey tries to tell him what happened to Michelle. But when she finally connects with Peter online, he thinks that Kelsey is Michelle and says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey lets Peter believe that she is Michelle. But soon she finds herself falling for the one boy she shouldn't want.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of 12 hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. 

Alana McCarthy forget a year of her life because of a horrific incident. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing --- the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she's willing to forget the one person who could set her free. But Daniel Costello has not forgotten about Alana, and will do anything and everything to protect her. But will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth before it is too late? 

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.