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Last week was NYC Teen Author Festival, and since not all of you could attend this fantastic gathering of YA authors and their fans, I decided to attend as much as I could and give you the scoop. The idea for the festival was created 10 years ago by David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, and Daniel Ehrenhaft when they realized authors based in NYC should get together more often. This was the sixth festival to have taken place! Events occured from Monday March 18th through Sunday March 24th. This blog post will cover events on Saturday, March 23rd. This blog post covers events on Tuesday, March 19th and Friday, March 22nd.
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 sixth check-in, a few of our Teen Board members admit to some trouble getting through the amount of books they'd planned.
We recently asked our Teen Board to tell us their favorite book quotations. You probably have one yourself --- you read an excellent book and a line just sticks with you. You may not know why (and maybe not even care), but there it is, in the back of your mind, on the tip of your tongue or on the back of your eyelids. It speaks to you in some way, and that's all that matters. Maybe you even recite it during the perfect moment, and you smile to yourself because it's your own inside joke. Let's see which quotations stood out to a few members of the Teen Board.
Last week was NYC Teen Author Festival, and since not all of you could attend this fantastic gathering of YA authors and their fans, I decided to attend as much as I could and give you the scoop. The idea for the festival was created 10 years ago by David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, and Daniel Ehrenhaft when they realized authors based in NYC should get together more often, and this was the sixth festival to have taken place! Events occured from Monday March 18th through Sunday March 24th. This blog post will cover events on Tuesday, March 19th and Friday, March 22nd. The next blog post, which will cover Saturday, March 23rd, is coming soon!
I wrote my first story by accident.  Junior year in high school, my English teacher assigned an essay about A TALE OF TWO CITIES.  And I had nothing. I mean, total and complete blank. I loved the book --- to this day, it remains one of my favorites --- but all I kept thinking about was the voice of one cold and hungry and very brave teenage girl who wasn’t even in the book. A girl who felt much braver than me and in whose skin I wanted to live for a little while.
Our Teen Board has only been on the job for a month, but they are starting to get things moving. Six of the 23 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 fifth check-in, a few of our Teen Board members update us on their progress.
Our Teen Board has only been on the job for a month, but they are starting to get things moving. Six of the 23 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 fourth check-in, a few of our Teen Board members update us on their progress.
I live in rural Massachusetts, which is not always the easiest place for a bookworm to be. Luckily, reading fuels the imagination, so I have been able to come up with some ideas for quenching my book cravings.
During a discussion starting at lunch and ending much later, my friends and I noticed a strange thing. We had been discussing the Harry Potter series and many of our favorite characters were the minor or side characters (Minerva McGonagall for me.) The problem, we realized, was that the main character Harry was likeable but fell flat when compared to the whimsical Luna, acerbic Snape or the hilarious Fred and George Weasley. Herein lays the problem with main characters: while trying to create a protagonist to whom everyone can relate to, the author sometimes turns them into an “average Joe/Jane” that becomes more of a plot device than a character.
Six of our Teen Board members 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!