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There are a lot of teen author festivals out there, but what does it take to make one happen? Librarian Michael Buono knows a lot about this, being on the Board and running the social media and website for Authors Unlimited, a YA festival that has taken place at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, Long Island, for four years! Below, he tells Teenreads a bit about what it takes to plan out one these events (and believe me, it's more than a little coffee).
Teenreads loves National Poetry Month, and so do our Teen Board members! To celebrate these 30 days of haikus, sonnets, limericks and everything in between, Teen Board member Mary M. wrote a series of poems addressing Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. As Mary notes, "In all of the poems, the 'you' is Holden. Most of them are written from a character's perspective (whose name is in the title), but two of them are written from a third-person perspective." Read Mary's poems below, and perhaps you'll be inspired to write some poems based off of one of your own favorite books!
Janet Gurtler’s new novel THE TRUTH ABOUT US is a love story at heart --- Jess meets Flynn, and despite the fact that their lives couldn’t be more different and her parents might never understand, she knows that they belong together. However, the setting of the book is a little less typical --- Jess works at the local soup kitchen over the summer, and many of the novel’s scenes take place in the kitchen and in the serving area. Below, Janet talks about how her own experiences volunteering at soup kitchens influenced THE TRUTH ABOUT US.    
OF COURSE authors and publishers know plenty about books, but so do plenty of people who you wouldn't necessarily expect to --- including those who work for costume companies! One such company, the UK-based Fancy Dress Ball, has to know a lot about popular books and characters so every kid can dress up as their favorite. Based on all of their research, they decided to make an infographic about some classic children's tales with popular movie adaptations (and plenty of costume inspiration), sharing fun trivia about each and deciding, once and for all, which medium is the best! You can see a short version of the infographic below. Click on the image and it will take you to a longer version, where you can zoom in and read all of the little-known facts the Fancy Dress Ball team dug up!
Even though Teenreads.com is based in New York City, one of the best things about being a website is that we’re connected to people who love young adult literature from all over the world! We asked one of our readers --- Elise Andrew, a freshman at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia who wants to be a YA author, herself --- to tell us a bit about the current YA scene where she lives. Below, see what she and her former high school book club members are reading --- turns out U.S. choices and Australian choices aren’t so different!
The other night a few of us from The Book Report Network were lucky enough to score some press passes to a prescreening of Insurgent, the second installment in the theatrical adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent series. We were most excited to see our beloved YA hot shot Shailene Woodley and muscular heartthrob Theo James steam up the screen...and maybe get some free popcorn, but who's keeping track? The movie was a quick-paced, action-packed, two-hour dystopian extravaganza, complete with an oppressive government, a slew of anger-fueled rebels and a perfectly-matched dynamic duo whose love conquers all...literally.
March 13, 2015

Our Reviewers Pick Their Ultimate Reads

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We are so excited to have just updated the Ultimate Reading List on Teenreads.com! To celebrate, I asked our reviewers and Teen Board members to tell me about their own Ultimate Reading Lists --- what three books would they recommend unfailingly to their friends? Which three do they think are some of the most awe-inspiring, thought-provoking or just plain fun that they’ve ever read? I know --- big question. Read their answers below and see how they compare with your own!
Every book has an origin story; maybe someone saw a girl with green hair on the subway and thought she'd make a great protagonist, or dreamt about aliens going to prom and thought it would make for the most unforgettable dance --- or novel --- ever. NATURE'S CONFESSION has an origin story too, but it's a slightly more sobering one --- J.L. Morin couldn't help but notice all of the pollution that surrounded her every day. Read her blog post below for more details on this cli-fi dystopia, and a few topics that we all should be thinking more about.  
In BREAKING SKY, Cori McCarthy’s new action-packed novel that takes place in 2048, Chase is a teen fighter pilot at the United Star Academy --- and a good one, too. America is locked in a cold war, but as actual fighting becomes eminent, she learns a military secret that might just change everything. While Teenreads was all for learning more about Chase’s flying skills, Cori answered a slightly more interesting --- and unexpected --- question for us: “If Chase couldn’t be a pilot, what occupation do you think she would follow?” Read Cori’s answer below, and be on the lookout for BREAKING SKY, which hits stores on March 10th!
Many of us are still in the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, still working on that box of chocolates or smelling the flowers that were delivered to us. It may remind us of those early days of life when we were naïve and giddy like schoolgirls at the prospect of someone special sending us flowers. There is something endearing and innocent about young love; it’s irresistible.