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Archives - January 2014

Each year, the fantastic librarians on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee (a part of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association) compile a massive list of the best graphic novels suited to teen readers. The list this year features 78 comics, all vetted for quality and content and suitable for readers ages 12 to 18. The Top 10 this year is an amazing compilation showing the variety of comics available to readers (of all ages --- this list would appeal to many adults as well). The GGNFT Top 10 is listed below; below for the full list of the committee's selections, click here.
I’m super excited for this year for so many reasons! But one of the main reasons I’m excited for 2014 is that so many amazing YA novels are coming out and I cannot wait to read them. Even more thrilling is that many of the novels I am most anticipating are being released in February! Check out my list, below. What novels are you eagerly awaiting?
In early January, the mind-set is all, "new year, new you!" But as the days wear on and you start going to the gym way less than you promised, watch yet another episode of Pretty Little Liars instead of starting your homework and put off starting the next Great American Novel for tomorrow night, it's time to actually get introspective. Sure, you wanted to be a healthy, non-procrastinating famous author (and a gourmet chef, too!) but who actually are you?  
RED RISING is an adult book --- it is being published by Del Rey, an adult imprint at Random House on January 28th. However, the protagonist of the book, Darrow, is 16 years old, and author Pierce Brown wrote the book when he was 23. So what makes it adult rather than YA, and should those distinctions even matter? In this article, Pierce talks about growing up, and how a lot of the issues that affect high school students continue into adult life. So does age even matter, then? Read on!
Len Vlahos's new book THE SCAR BOYS --- about a severely burned boy who finds solace in his punk rock band --- hits surprisingly close to home. The Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group was in a punk rock band in high school, Woofing Cookies, and eventually dropped out of NYU film school to reunite and tour. In this interview, he talks about how his own experience influenced THE SCAR BOYS, the power of music and some insight into his next project.      
  In thrillers, detectives are always analyzing blood splatter patterns, police officers in the Missing Persons Unit are having urgent meetings and protagonists, "bad guys" and cops alike are shooting guns at the exact right angle. So how do authors, whose typical work attire, as Hannah Jayne writes below, "includ[es] slippers and pajama pants" know how to create such believable, detail rich crime scenes? The Writer's Police Academy, of course! In this post, Hannah --- whose new book SEE JANE RUN came out January 1, 2014 --- describes a day in the life of this one-week camp in Greensboro, North Carolina, where authors are transformed into handcuff-wielding, body-searching, tough-as-nails versions of themselves.