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Aside from writing and producing for television and occasionally playing in a rock band called The Enablers, Barbara Hall has also authored several novels for young adults, including DIXIE STORMS, THE NOAH CONFESSIONS, and THE MUSIC TEACHER.
Three teens dare to bare it all in a new teen-authored memoir series, Louder Than Words.Marni suffers from Trichotillomania, a disorder that causes her to pull out her own hair.Chelsey’s father was murdered days before her 14th birthday.Emily has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.Their stories are told in a 3 book series that combines a mixture of prose, poetry and journal entries.
August 12, 2009

Book Trailer for Amy Efaw's AFTER

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Amy Efaw's buzzworthy new novel, AFTER, just hit stores yesterday and has a fantastic new book trailer that really caught our eye. So, we wanted to share it with you, along with a quick video of Amy discussing a couple of the real-life events that inspired her to write this story. It's about a seemingly perfect Stepford student and daughter, Devon, who suffers from a pretty bad case of denial over the fact that she's pregnant --- so much so that when the baby finally arrives, she abandons it in the trash.
August 10, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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There's no shortage of interesting characters in this week's new releases, where you'll encounter a high school debutante, a Danish prince with a lot on his plate, an otherwise good girl who just did a very bad thing, a first-year psych major with boyfriend issues, some stranded sailors, a young girl fighting against an unfortunate (to say the least) family curse, and more.New Releases for August 11thHardcover
August 7, 2009

Teenreads.com 2009 Survey

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How many non-school-related books do you read a year? Are you part of a book club? Would you ever consider buying a Kindle? Everyone here at Teenreads.com is always curious about these sorts of book-related things and more, so every few years, we put together a survey in hopes of identifying trends and learning about what's most important to our readers. We haven't done one of these since 2005, so we'd love to hear from you and see how much --- or how little --- has changed in the last four years!
How many times have we finished a great book and asked ourselves, "Did the events in this story actually happen?" In today's guest blog, Jo Knowles --- author of LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL and JUMPING OFF SWINGS --- explores the truths behind her fiction, and shares what she hopes people take away from
August 3, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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This week's roundup of new releases brings us a real mixed bag --- we've got a few gritty coming-of-age novels, some fiction of the paranormal variety, a couple of romances and thrillers, and new installments of some of your favorite series. Also, be sure to check out a new line of memoirs from HCI Teens called Louder Than Words, in which real teens authors share their very real --- and rather heart-breaking --- stories. The first three are available today.
Though based on themes fairly common to both writers and readers of teen fiction, Alexander Alexandrov's ALL FOR YOU might be considered something of a rarity, in that it chronicles a coming of age and romance told from a male point of view.
In support of next week's release of the graphic novel adaptation of iconic, dystopian classic FAHRENHEIT 451, Ray Bradbury made an appearance at this year's Comic-Con, held last week in San Diego. In attendance was The Book Report Network co-founder and president, Carol Fitzgerald, and below, she recounts the experience of hearing this living legend speak about his seven decade-long writing career and lifelong affinity with illustrated books.
July 27, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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Remember how I mentioned last week that new books always come out on Tuesdays? I lied. Much to my surprise, this week we've got a few Saturday releases to share with you --- which will be available August 1st --- along with a pretty exciting list of hardcovers and paperbacks you can expect to see in stores tomorrow. New Releases for July 27thHardcoverDANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES by James Patterson and Ned Rust (Little, Brown and Co.)LIGHTS