How do authors find inspiration for their stories? Sometimes, it can be taking a stroll through a graveyard and finding something interesting. That's what happened to Dianne K. Salerni when two peculiar caged graves inspired her to write THE CAGED GRAVES
, which follows a teenage girl as she tries to uncover the secrets behind why her mother was buried in "unhallowed ground." In this blog, Salerni gives us some background about the inspiration behind her historical mystery.
Whether you love it or hate it, prom is a big part of the yearly high school calendar. Who is taking whom, what are you going to wear, where you are going to dinner, the fun, the excitement and the prama (prom-drama) seem to be all consuming for weeks prior (sometimes to the ad nauseam). Then it happens! The one magical night that you have been told time and time again you will remember for the rest of your lives. In honor of prom season, some of our junior and senior Teen Board members have written about their thoughts and experiences with prom and have included some excellent prom-themed reading suggestions!
Do you ever remember hearing the tales of Hercules the Strong or Anansi the Spider? Ever remember the tales of the Amazons or Thor the Mighty?
If you follow Teenreads.com on Facebook or Twitter, you'll have seen us post about a special event that occured this weekend: Free Comic Book Day. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, comic book shops around the country give out free comics to spread their love of comic books!
like romance novels about love triangles and love at first sight. Boys only
like novels that are fast-paced, action thrillers with tons of violence. Do these stereotypes sound familiar? Are they true? Our Teen Board member, Kate, talks about what she thinks makes a "girly" novel.
In Janet Gurtler's latest book, HOW I LOST YOU
, nothing stands between Grace and Kya. Not boys, not secrets --- nothing. But during the summer before senior year, life throws challenges at them that tests their best friendship. In this blog post, Janet Gurtler lets us know about her hardest best friend break up and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.
As an honors and AP student in high school, I have been exposed to classics and have come to appreciate them. Classics often give you a different societal view and challenge you to think about life or the world around you. This promotes critical thinking, but also opens you up to some astonishing realizations, such as the fact that we still face problems such as discrimination or restrictive societal standards today. Not only that, but once you get used to the style, many classics are quite enjoyable!
Math Team meets with my team are always exciting, but I don’t think anyone was expecting what happened in Charleston, SC when the team went to a competition this February.
Six of our Teen Board
have agreed to participate in the YALSA 2013 Hub Challenge
, which started on February 3rd and will end June 22nd. In order to complete the challenge, each member must read 25 books each (those who want to “conquer” the challenge must read all 83!) and participate in the weekly Saturday update on YALSA. In addition, our Teen Board members will check in every Wednesday to let you all know how they are doing. Sign up for the challenge and follow along!
In this seventh check-in, a few of our Teen Board members update us on which books they've read in the past week.