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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past several years, you're probably familiar with bestselling author David Levithan.
Picking your next read is always a struggle. If you ask us, there are too many books to choose from and not enough time to read them all. We recently asked our Teen Board Members how they narrow down their summer reading and Vaishnavi S., had an amazing suggestion. Her unique way of picking her next read is called "Blind Date with a Book" and it sounds like a blast. So if you're having trouble picking your next summer book, read on and play! 
THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK, Meg Leder’s young adult debut, was released on Tuesday, June 7th and the launch party was held at the fantastic NYC bookstore, McNally Jackson. I attended this event with Teenreads.com’s Rebecca Munro, who has nothing but praise for this novel. After listening to Meg, I know that this is a book that I have to pick up right away.  
Like many of us, author Tracy Deebs grew up idolizing superheroes. As an adult, Deebs used these pop culture stars to enhance her fun writing style. In her thoughtful blog, Deebs discusses the heroes who most influenced her writing today. Her vivid descriptions of Wonder Woman's knee-high red boots and golden lasso demonstrate the importance of costume and style --- it's all about the details! Her love of bad boys like Batman and strong, independent women like Wonder Woman gives us a glimpse at the types of superheroes readers are introduced to in her exciting Hero Agenda series, co-written with Tera Lynn Childs
Aspiring to be a published writer is one thing, but actually counting down the days until the release date of your beloved work is a different story! Can you imagine the angst, the nerves, the excitment? In this post, authors Kara Terzis and Hannah Jayne discuss their plans for the summer release dates of their new books, FRAYED and TWISTED. It's hard to believe that Kara Terzis wrote her first short story at the age of 11, but she didn't stop there --- now 19, Terzis has published her first novel, FRAYED. With the book's release date rapidly approaching, Terzis is terrified, but could not be more proud of her young success. Although this is not Hannah Jayne's first published work, she is beyond thrilled for the release date of her new book, TWISTED, and recalls the details of the first time she ever saw her books on the shelves. For Jayne, it's all about being thankful.
For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member F. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- and even shared some photos!
For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member Brynn S. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- which sounds like a blast!
Author Jeff Wheeler is no stranger to the shifting demands of the adult and young adult fantasy markets. When he wrote his first book, there was a call for darker, grittier fantasies for adults who had grown up reading the genre. Wheeler, however, avoided this trend by keeping gratuitous sex and violence scenes out of his work. In this post, he discusses the need for a books that both teens and adults feel comfortable reading --- a genre he calls "Entryway" fantasy, and how he has helped other authors find homes for their "clean" works. 
We've all heard the old adage "write what you know," but some authors, like Joe Hart, are much more interested in what they don't know --- or, more specifically, what totally terrifies them. Hart is the author of several books and has recently released THE LAST GIRL, the first installment of a trilogy that imagines a world without females. In this post, Hart discusses how he found inspiration for his new book and what it means to be truly afraid.
Last Thursday evening, I had the privilege of attending my first ever book signing of Siobhan Vivian’s THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD with Teenreads.com’s own Rebecca Munro at the Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City.