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Here at Teenreads, we know that many of our readers are aspiring authors themselves. If you're one of them, you may keep a list of ideas and characters somewhere, or perhaps you've even begun drafting your first book. Believe it or not, writing your book is only half of the journey to publication. After you've sold your book to a publisher --- and even a little before --- you must deal with the editing stage. In this post, Erica Cameron, author of ISLAND OF EXILES, explains what she loves about editing, and how she was able to strengthen and improve her richly detailed fantasy so that it could become the book it is today.
Themes, tropes, motifs --- you've probably heard all of these words in your English class at school and been asked a question or two about them on a quizz or test. But have you ever thought about how an author goes about weaving important themes into his or her work? The answer isn't quite as easy as you may expect. Below, Merrie Destefano, author of LOST GIRLS --- a gritty and unpredictable thriller about a normal girl who wakes up in a ditch, missing a year of her life --- discusses how she worked several popular themes into her book.
If you're a lifelong reader and professional bookworm, the chances are pretty high that you've considered writing stories of your own, whether for fun or in hopes of eventually getting them published. Although many teens have all of the potential and talent necessary to write and publish their own books, it can be really tricky to navigate the early steps that set you on the path to success. In this post, author Stephanie Morrill --- whose latest book, THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET, releases this February --- explains how she got on the early track to publishing and offers helpful advice for young authors hoping to make it in the book world.
Every year, librarians, authors, publishing professionals, educators and students convene at ALA Midwinter, a conference held by the American Library Association. The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, and their mission to enhance learning and ensure access to books and information for readers of all ages is one they take very seriously. This year, Teen Board member Grace P. had the opportunity to attend and participate in a teen feedback panel. Along the way she picked up dozens of books and had some great interactions with popular YA authors. Although her TBR pile is now nearing a record high, she took some time to answer questions for us about her awesome experience. Read on to learn more!  
Retellings are a hugely popular form of storytelling where famous, well-known stories and tales are given fresh life with new settings, characters and motivations. While the gist of the story may be familiar to most readers, it's always fun to see how authors will put their own spin on it, especially when the story involves complicated themes and plot twists. Teen Board member Ashley D. recently reviewed a retelling of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE called TEEN HYDE:High School Horror for Teenreads. The timing couldn't have been better as Ashley was also working on her school's production of "Jekyll and Hyde the Musical." After reading and reviewing her book and completing numerous late nights on the stage, Ashley wrote this amazing post comparing and contrasting the two.
As a Teen Board member, I get to review new YA books before they hit the shelves. This month, I read LIFE IN A FISHBOWL by Len Vlahos. Coincidentally, Len actually owns a bookstore, Tattered Cover, right in my hometown. With the help of Teenreads, I was able to meet Len in person and talk to him about his book, writing history and what it’s like owning a bookstore. 
Recently the world has remembered something which I have never forgotten: coloring books are awesome.
December 5, 2016

AudioFile Best Books of the Year

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The end of the year is nearly here and it's time for readers and booklovers everywhere to start deciding how they'll remember 2016. Did you read a bunch of different books from different genres and authors, or stick to a shorter, pre-decided list? Did you find a new favorite you weren't expecting? Readers and publications are all figuring out their "Best Of" lists and AudioFile, a magazine that reviews audiobooks, profiles narrators and is always the first to know about hot new listens, has compiled their list of the best YA audiobooks from this year!
Here at Teenreads, we love a good book festival. While mingling with your favorite authors and seeing all the latest books is awesome enough, imagine doing all of that and more in sunny MiamI! Teen Board Member Rachel D. was recently on location in balmy Florida for the Miami Book Fair and she was kind enough to report back for us.  Read all about her experience below!
YALLFest, a two day book festival in Charleston, took place this month from November 11th - 12th. Teen Board member Taylor F. had the awesome experience of attending and mingling with some of her favorite authors. After returning and sorting the new additions to her TBR, she answered some questions for us about her experience. Read below to learn all about YALLFest from a teen's perspective!