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When Alex London was a fourth grader and an aspiring cartoonist, he couldn’t even draw the same character twice. So how was able to write a sequel to his much-loved thriller, PROXY, which obviously includes many of the same characters as the original book? In this blog post, Alex breaks down the process of writing GUARDIAN, and how, even for those who fear repetition, creating a sequel can be pretty cool. 
This is an old fashioned list, and I’m as surprised as anyone to have written it, since I have been squarely a modern-writing type as of late --- my memoir, THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World (TINAWM) is all about the last 25-ish years of my life, and the urgent concerns of young writers right now.&nbs
Georgia Clark’s new book, PARCHED, is a dystopian novel --- after Earth’s resources have nearly run out, the Trust created Eden, a walled city that has access to almost all of the food, water and money. Everyone in the surrounding Badlands, however, is resource-starved, thirsty and poor. Given the premise of her book, Georgia knows a thing or two about how to survive in a dystopian society, and decided to share her survival secrets with Teenreads.com. Because really, you can never be too prepared!
You never know what's going to spark the idea for a book...a trip to the supermarket, a really fun concert, or, in the case of DEAR NOBODY, a conversation with the Postermaster's daughter. In this blog post, Legs McNeil talks about how DEAR NOBODY --- a compilation of diary entries from Mary Rose Wood --- came to life, and why it's so important.
With this blog post,Teen Board member Kate F. takes matchmaking to a whole new level. No, there’s no adorable teen romance here; instead, Kate connects like-minded books and TV shows! So if you’re a TV junkie, find the book that will keep you sane before the next Game of Thrones episode. And if you’ve ripped through the whole The Clique series, see what show has the same level of cute boys, snobby girls and gossip. If you can think of any other good TV/book match-ups, write them in the comments section!
May 8, 2014

Class Notes #1: Northwood Junior High School

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We love talking about and reviewing books here at TeenReads, but what's even more exciting is hearing what YOU are all reading! Therefore, we're excited that Crissy Mombela's 8th grade class at Northwood Junior High School in Highland Park, IL, wrote our first ever Class Notes blog post! In this new blog feature, we have classes from around the country talk about the books they're reading, either together or independently, and rate them out of five stars. In Crissy's class, each student read books and short stories that focused on rights, including civil rights, women's rights and worker's rights. Read below to see their thoughts on the books, and maybe you'll be inspired to read one! And of course, look out for the next Class Notes post.
Here is a warning to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS fans: this post might make you extremely jealous! Teenreads intern Brianna Robinson got attend a super special TFIOS Tumblr event, which was full of all the surprises nerdfighter could hope for. Read below, and try to hold it together until the movie hits theaters on June 6th!
May 6th is National Teacher Day! Celebrate by telling your teacher how much you appreciate them… and by reading Teen Board member Rachel B.’s blog post on some of the most memorable teachers in children’s literature.
This year, World Book Night --- April 23rd --- crept up on me without having much time to plan. I didn’t spend the night totally bookless, however; the wonderful Books of Wonder hosted yet another fantastic book panel. Titled Teen Genre Face Off, the panel was designed as a sort of comparison of three genres --- contemporary, sci-fi and fantasy. I thought it was a really smart idea to combine all three genres into one event because it allowed fans who enjoy multiple genres, like me, to experience different authors in one grouping.