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Memoir writers are amazing --- they dig into the deepest, most intimate corners of themselves, drudge out the secrets hiding there and courageously share them with their readers. Obviously, though, this can be a little tough --- once you tell your story, everyone who thought they knew you looks at you in an entirely different way. For this reason, 17-year-old Georgia Lyon decided to write about her own experiences with autism under a pen name, and is only just revealing her own identity, now.  Read her poignant (and funny!) post below to learn more about Georgia, her book and why she decided to finally reveal her true self.
Louisa May Alcott may be best known for her timeless novel LITTLE WOMEN, but there was a lot more to her than that --- she was actually a vociferous suffragist far before the movement reached a national level. As part of her blog tour for THE REVOLUTION OF LOUISA MAY --- a fictional novel about Louisa helping to hide a runaway slave that is peppered with actual facts about her adolescence --- author Michaela MacColl reveals some of Louisa’s more political, feminist leanings. Read below, and be sure to check out the future stops on Michaela’s tour (full schedule at the bottom of the post)!
There are few things that elicit more dread in a high school student's mind than the words "college applications." The agonizing decisions of where to apply, the endless streams of essays asking you to describe every last particle of your accomplishments and your character and confusing financial aid forms.  Teen Board member (and high school junior) Alison S. can relate --- and for this reason, decided to read the adult satire EARLY DECISION for a little bit of light-hearted fare on a semi-daunting topic. However, the book turned out to be a bit different than she expected. Read her thoughts below --- and if you're just starting the college application process, you might decide to pick it up for yourself!
There are few things that elicit more dread in a high school student's mind than the words "college applications." The agonizing decisions of where to apply, the endless streams of essays asking you to describe every last particle of your accomplishments and your character and confusing financial aid forms.  Teen Board member (and high school junior) Alison S. can relate --- and for this reason, decided to read the adult satire EARLY DECISION for a little bit of light-hearted fare on a semi-daunting topic. However, the book turned out to be a bit different than she expected. Read her thoughts below --- and if you're just starting the college application process, you might decide to pick it up for yourself!
There are few things that elicit more dread in a high school student's mind than the words "college applications." The agonizing decisions of where to apply, the endless streams of essays asking you to describe every last particle of your accomplishments and your character and confusing financial aid forms.  Teen Board member (and high school junior) Alison S. can relate --- and for this reason, decided to read the adult satire EARLY DECISION for a little bit of light-hearted fare on a semi-daunting topic. However, the book turned out to be a bit different than she expected. Read her thoughts below --- and if you're just starting the college application process, you might decide to pick it up for yourself!
Books can be inspired by anything --- a snippet of a conversation overheard on the subway, a dream or a trip to a foreign country. For Paul Volponit was a photo --- specifically, a photo of a 1959 Buick floating into Key West, Florida. Read below to learn the story of the photo and how it translated into his newest book, GAME SEVEN!
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!