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At Teenreads, we love to review the latest and greatest YA books to hit the shelves. However, we recognize that older books --- sometimes much older books --- have plenty of value, too. In this blog series, Teen Board member Alison S. will write about some of her favorites, and how it remains relevant today. Read below for the first one, on Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN.  
Two weeks ago, Teenreads intern Brianna Robinson attended a talk by Leigh Bardugo, the author of The Grisha Trilogy at Books of Wonder in New York City. Read her blog entry below to learn a bit more about Leigh’s thoughts on love triangles, beauty and pleasing her readers.  
Along with thousands of other new and experienced writers across the globe,Teenreads and Kidsreads intern Brianna Robinson is participating in NaNoWriMo --- the month-long creative writing event where people must compose a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Yup, you counted right --- that's 30 days, or, an average, 1,667 words a day. In this new blog series, we'll check in with Brianna a few times throughout November to see her progress. Read the first part of her story, here, right before she starts Day 7,  
Fairytale retellings are an increasingly popular sub-genre in YA --- everyone from the Greek goddess Persephone to Cinderella has made multiple appearances in original ways. But have you ever wondered why? In this blog post, Jen McConnel --- whose latest book BEAUTIFUL CURSE (Month9Books, December 9th) tackles the myth of Cupid and Psyche in a contemporary setting --- asks (and answers): What's the point of retelling stories that have already been told? Why do audiences continue to love fairy tales, especially in with more modern packaging? Read below to hear what she has to say, and see if you agree!
Some of the fiercest women in literature are the protagonists of YA novels, and Bree Sunderland --- the central character in Janice Gable Bashman's new novel PREDATOR --- is no exception. Bree travels to Ireland  intending to study bog bodies with her father, but when the military wants to turn his research into a bio weapons program and dark forces threaten her family, she has to use her fierce energy and strong heart to save them all.  In this guest post, Janice writes about why strong YA heroines are so important, and she shares her thoughts on some of the kick-butt heroines that she loves most.
Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann aren’t just mother and daughter --- they’re co-authors of the YA novel NIGHT SKY, which came out in early October! In this blog post, they interview each other on the writing process --- and what it’s like to work with such a close family member! Read below for each of their questions and answers, and be sure to check out an excerpt of the book, here.
Sure, Alex Myers --- the protagonist in John Feinstein's new series, The Triple Threat --- is a fictional 14-year-old who plays football, basketball and baseball. But that doesn't mean that John didn't get inspiration from somewhere. First was his own childhood. Second was his favorite series growing up, Chip Hilton Sports, which followed a young athlete dealing with all of the triumphs and challenges of the school sports world. In the below blog post, John talks about how Chip influenced him throughout his youth and how Alex is both similar and different. 
Christine Heppermann uses fairytale characters and tropes to explore how teen girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies and their roles in society in her new book POISONED APPLES. She doesn't do this in the form of a novel or short story collection, though --- she uses 50 poems!  Below, she explains why she thinks people are bit afraid of poetry...and why they shouldn't be.  
September 26, 2014

Brooklyn Book Festival - Post 2

By Maya B.
Last weekend, Teen Board Member Maya B. got the chance to go to one of the most exciting book fairs in the country  --- the Brooklyn Book Festival! In her post, she breaks down one of her favortie panels --- New York, New York. Read below to learn more about her experience, and be sure to check out our other Brooklyn Book Festival post, from Teenreads intern Rebecca Czochor!
Last weekend, intern Rebecca Czochor got the chance to go to one of the most exciting book fairs in the country --- The Brooklyn Book Festival. In her post, she breaks down the three YA panels she saw, which focused on love, gender and fantasy. Read below to hear more about her experience, and be sure to check out our other post about the Festival from Teen Board member Maya B.!