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A few weeks ago Teenreads.com’s Rebecca Munro and I attended the launch event for Tahereh Mafi’s new middle grade FURTHERMORE, which was held at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. The event was free to attend --- except the signing required a purchase of the book.   
Here at Teenreads, we often find ourselves amazed by the stories, characters and worlds authors are able to invent, expand upon and share with us. Don't get us wrong --- we have tons of ideas (some better than others), but the idea of actually putting them on paper can often sound next to impossible. In this post, author Aurelia Wills explains how the image of a woman she knew in high school stuck with her for years after and inspired her to finally put pen to paper and write SOMEONE I WANTED TO BE, a story about an insecure girl whose life spirals out of control when she begins to impersonate someone else and lose focus on herself.
Many of our readers are just entering high school, starting college, or somewhere in between. For those of you in-betweeners, you've probably heard a lot about the summer after high school, the one where everything has the potential to change. In author Jane Ozkowski’s novel, WATCHING TRAFFIC, 18-year-old Emily has just finished high school, but has no idea what she should do next. As she tries to figure out who she is, her story is accompanied by witty, sharp descriptions of small-town life, dealing with tragedy and coming of age. In this post, Jane Ozkowski describes the potential of the summer after high school graduation and why it makes for such compelling stories.
Most people wake up in the morning and think about their first cup of Joe or what they’re going to wear. Not me. I roll over and grab my iPhone from my night table and immediately dive into Instagram to find my next great read. And BTW, I do this, at least seven more times a day.
It should come as no surprise that Gaby Triana, author of WAKE THE HOLLOW --- a modern-day retelling of the beloved classic short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"--- has an affinity for all things paranormal. But how did she actually turn that love into becoming a real, published author? In this post, Triana shares not only what inspired her novel, but also the journey it took from first draft to publication. If you're an aspiring writer yourself --- or just a fan of a great ghost story --- you'll love reading about her storied background and the perseverence it took.
Teen Board Member, Cat S., attended a midnight release party for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD and shared her fun experience with Teenreads. Relive the magic of the night and Harry Potter by reading her post.
There are all sorts of different readers out there, from voracious bookworms to more reluctant readers who need a bit more time to find the book that really speaks to them. Although he is now a book publicist and book reviews editor, author Michael J. Seidlinger fell into the latter category. As a teen, Seidlinger was much more likely to be found jamming out to to heavy metal or playing videogames than reading, but then he found a book that made him broaden his horizons. Today, Michael is the author of a few adult novels and FALTER KINGDOM, his first foray into YA. He has written the blog post below to describe how books changed his life and how reluctant readers can learn to really love books.
August 8, 2016

Harry Potter Midnight Release Parties

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It was a sunny, balmy Saturday evening when, all across the boroughs of NYC, six Harry Potter fans with their appropriately themed apparel on and their wands at the ready walked into their favorite bookstores not knowing what the night would have in store for
Teen Board member Alison S. recently had the fun idea to review 20 short stories for Teenreads, in addition to her usual monthly reviews. Except, keeping social media in mind, she kept her reviews very short --- and by "short" we mean 140 characters. In the length of just one tweet, Alison sums up some fantastic literary short stories from big name authors such as Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood. Of course, art always requires a little sacrifice, so if you see what looks like a typo, don't worry, it was all intentional. These reviews will have you laughing in no time --- and, if you'd like to try your own 140 character review, Alison has included links to free versions of the stories when possible!
Several months ago, Teen Board member Kate F. had the chance to go to Book Con, a two-day long celebration of books, authors and readers. She wrote about her experience here on Teenreads. Now she is back on the blog with a post on Gender Equality in YA, which was inspired by one of the panels she went to while at the convention.