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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.