For the past three years, readers and authors alike have looked forward to BookCon, an event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Each year, authors, publishers, celebrities and creators converge with readers to discuss the latest trends in storytelling and the future of reading with fellow booklovers. In addition to panels and signing opportunities, BookCon features Q&As, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and, of course, the chance to meet fellow readers and make tons of new friends. Teen Board Member Brynn S. attended BookCon in Chicago this year and told us a bit about her experience --- which sounds like a blast!
Author Jeff Wheeler
is no stranger to the shifting demands of the adult and young adult fantasy markets. When he wrote his first book, there was a call for darker, grittier fantasies for adults who had grown up reading the genre. Wheeler, however, avoided this trend by keeping gratuitous sex and violence scenes out of his work. In this post, he discusses the need for a books that both teens and adults feel comfortable reading --- a genre he calls "Entryway" fantasy, and how he has helped other authors find homes for their "clean" works.
We've all heard the old adage "write what you know," but some authors, like Joe Hart
, are much more interested in what they don't know --- or, more specifically, what totally terrifies them. Hart is the author of several books and has recently released THE LAST GIRL
, the first installment of a trilogy that imagines a world without females. In this post, Hart discusses how he found inspiration for his new book and what it means to be truly afraid.
TELL ME THREE THINGS, Julie Buxbaum's young adult debut, is a powerful story about a teenage girl who, while grieving the loss of her mother, is forced to uproot her cozy midwestern life for a move to ritzy LA when her father remarries.
"Vote with your dollar." You may have heard that we have a presidential election this year. I know teenagers are incredibly busy with all the homework assignments and pressure to hurry up and grow up, but I'm guessing this is not the first you're hearing of it. Even if you aren't old enough to vote in November, you should know that you actually place very important votes every day.
Wattpad is an amazing website where novice authors can write and share their own stories for others to read. This website is great for when you want to take a break from purchasing new books, but it does take patience to find the perfect read.
Recently, the teachers at Warren Middle School in New Jersey have been gaining attention for their book club, "Read Like a Teen." Each month they select a new teen or young adult book to read, review and share with their students and fellow staff. Their hope is that this will provide kids with an incentive to read and show them that it's not just reserved for teachers or librarians. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Cynthia Cassidy, a middle school teacher who spearheaded the program and got it off the ground. In this post, Cynthia talks to us about starting Read Like a Teen, how it works and what she --- and her fellow teachers --- have learned from it.
Many of you are probably familiar with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign that started in 2014, with its mission to bring diversity to books by calling on all authors to reflect different races and culture groups in their writing. Although great strides have been made, the movement is far from over. In this post, author Brynn Chapman
discusses her new novel, THE REQUIEM RED
, whose heroine is an asylum resident who possesses an uncanny degree of perception that allows her to hear messages in music and see lyrics in paintings. If you're tired of reading about the same characters over and over again and would like to see an author delve into the experiences of people with disabilties, read on!
With comic books and graphic novels becoming much more mainstream, the door is wide open for manga --- Japanese comics --- to finally make their presence known in the United States. Although manga are more popular worldwide, they are still relatively unknown in our country. Writer Danica Davidson first discovered manga as a teen and has followed her passions to write about manga for numerous publications, including our sister site, GraphicNovelReporter.com. In this blog, Danica explains how she became interested in manga and how her new book, MANGA ART FOR BEGINNERS
, aims to introduce new readers to the genre.