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Late June 2015

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Finding the Balance: Summer Reading and Writing
Katelyn Detweiler and Leila Sales at the IMMACULATE launch party at BookCourt in Brookyn, New York
Katelyn Detweiler and Leila Sales at the IMMACULATE launch party at BookCourt in Brookyn, New York

Hello, Teenreaders!

I have a secret. I like to write (and not just these newsletter openers!). I mean short stories and occasional poems, plus I’ve always dreamed about penning that next great YA novel (haven’t we all?). But here’s the thing: it’s hard to find the time when you work in the publishing industry like I do.

I'm not complaining --- if you’re into the literary scene, there’s nothing more exciting than being surrounded by books and authors on a daily basis --- but when you’re constantly reading, editing people’s book reviews, going to cool book events and coming up with ideas for fun roundups, it’s difficult to squeeze in the energy to listen to your own muse.

Some people, though, are a little bit better at balancing their publishing industry positions with their own creative hands than I am. For instance, have you heard of David Levithan, bestselling author of EVERY DAY, NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST and BOY MEETS BOY, among others? He’s also the Publisher and Editorial Director of Scholastic Books and has edited Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne Collins and Cecil Castellucci. And how about Anne Heltzel --- author of CIRCLE NINE, THE RUINING and the recently published CHARLIE, PRESUMED DEAD --- or Leila Sales, author of MOSTLY GOOD GIRLS, PAST PERFECT and THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE? Both of them are editors, too (at ABRAMS and Viking Children’s Books, respectively). And one of Leila’s authors, Katelyn Detweiler, is one of the newest members of the literary multi-tasking club --- her debut book IMMACULATE only came out a month ago, but she’s been a literary agent with Jill Grinberg Literary Management for five years.

I don’t know about you, but these people never cease to amaze me (and exhaust me, even just thinking about everything they do). How do they make the time to do both? What’s the hardest part of their dual role? How has being an author helped them as an editor or agent, and vice versa?
Instead of pointlessly (read: jealously) pondering, I decided to get the answers at their source(s), and interrogate Leila and Katelyn about the way they run their literary-saturated lives. Read their answers below!

Teenreads.com: How does being a writer help you as an editor/agent?

Leila Sales: I like to think that it gives me more empathy for the writers whom I edit. Every editor understands how challenging an author's job is, but I probably understand it on an extra-personal level because I really am in their shoes.

Katelyn Detweiler: I feel much more appreciative and sympathetic after being on this side of the table. We see a lot of the process as agents, yes, but definitely not everything. And it’s one thing to know about copy edits, for example, and another to actually do those revisions. It's incredibly helpful to be able to understand --- deep down on that gut level --- the fears and frustrations and hopes our clients are having, each and every step of the way.

TRC: How does being an editor/agent help you as a writer?

LS: I like to think that it makes my writing more original. I read manuscripts for a living, so I can more easily see what plot points or characters are too played out, and then in my own writing do my best to create plots and characters that I haven't seen before.

KD: I think the key for me was the hours and hours of reading manuscripts --- especially those from the slush pile --- that needed a lot of revision before transforming into something truly brilliant. Thinking about these projects and what worked and what didn’t work, writing reports, engaging in editorial conversations with colleagues, authors even --- it’s as if I was subconsciously working toward an MFA the entire time, soaking in all of these little discoveries and revelations. Because of it, I’m my own worst critic when I’m writing: What is the hook? What is the point of this scene? This sentence? What do we really know about this character? It makes the writing process slower, but it’s worth it in the end, I think.

TRC: What’s the most difficult part about being both an editor/agent and a writer?

LS: It's the same thing that's the most difficult part about being a writer: just making yourself sit down and do the work. When I've been editing books all day, I don't feel like coming home and sitting down at yet another desk in front of yet another computer. Oh, and finding time to read for pleasure is basically impossible. I prioritize my reading this way: books I'm editing first, manuscripts I'm considering on submission second, research for books I'm writing third, blurb requests fourth, friends' books fifth, and pure pleasure reading sixth. So, you can imagine how often I make it to my sixth-place priority!

KD: There's very little veil around the entire process. This can be helpful sometimes, but it can also be difficult to know too much. It’s easy to overthink… everything. Sometimes the writing needs to be just about the writing, with the business part left out of the equation.

TRC: I imagine it’s hard to divide your time between writing your own books and editing other peoples’. Any masterful time management tips you can share?

LS: Set time limits. If you give yourself 10 hours to accomplish a task, there's a good chance it will expand to take you the full 10 hours. Sometimes I'll set an alarm for bedtime, and I sometimes find that I'll write with more focus if I know that alarm is closing in. Or I'll promise myself a trip to the ice cream shop when I'm done, and I know the ice cream shop closes at 10pm, so I really need to get my work done by then or else I won't get ice cream, which is the worst.

KD: I tend to write best on days when I’ve also been doing agenting work; it’s much harder to kickstart my brain from scratch on a lovely, sunny weekend morning. I’m most productive writing in the evening, switching gears immediately after normal agency hours. And if I know I’ll have a particularly intense time of revising coming up, I try to clear off the reading plate a bit, so that my evenings and weekends have more time to breathe. It’s all about that balance, and prioritizing based on deadlines --- even if you have to make your own pretend deadlines to keep everything on a track.

TRC: If someone forced you to only write books for the rest of your life or only work as an agent/editor, what would you choose?

LS: That is incredibly evil and I wouldn't be able to choose. I could imagine times in my life where I would have to focus more time on writing or more on editing, but I would hate to give up either one entirely. I love both my jobs, and few people are lucky enough to feel that way.

KD: That is a seriously evil genie! Ah! It’s hard to imagine my life without both roles (especially if I want to pay NYC rent!), because I think the balance of each keeps me at my best and sharpest. On the one hand, it’s very tempting to think about working from home in my sweatpants every day… but then on the other, our agency works with fabulous authors, and it’s a thrill to see all of their books come to life. So… I don’t know, go away, genie!!!

I know, that evil genie question was truly cruel…I just wanted to see them try to slither out of it (and they each did a commendable job). But how about you? Do any of you pursue dual literary activities, whether being an avid reader and also writing on the side, or editing for your school newspaper while also penning articles of your own? Send me your writerly multitasking tips at shara@bookreporter.com.

And, to switch gears entirely (segues are overrated), time for the rest of the newsletter! As summer is the perfect time to read what you want (rather than what your teachers assign), we made sure that this issue was packed full of reading recommendations. There’s the review section at the bottom, of course, but we also have a Summer Buzz feature, where we asked booksellers from around the country to tell us their top YA picks that came out in May, June, July and August of this year, as well as a blog post where I dissect my own favorite May and June tomes. Plus, you have the chance to win a whole tote bag full of summer freebies in our Beach Bag of Books contest. Lexibex V. called one of the books, BROKEN HEARTS, FENCES AND OTHER THINGS TO MEND by Katie Finn, “the perfect book to kick off summer,” and Benjamin Boche said THE FINISHER by David Baldacci was “refreshing and quite exhilarating” and “has it all.” And, of course, you can always revisit our recently updated Ultimate Reading List, which shares 400+ titles that we consider the best of the best in YA… you definitely can’t go wrong!

So with that, happy summer, happy reading, happy writing, and happy reading and writing, if you’re anything like Leila and Katelyn!

--- Shara Zaval (shara@bookreporter.com)

P.S. In the photo on the top right, you can see Katelyn and Leila signing at the IMMACULATE book launch at BookCourt in Brooklyn, New York. After Katelyn read from her book (along with her mom, who read the voice of the protagonist’s mother!), Leila interviewed Katelyn about her writing process and they both signed copies of their works for the audience. A couple of fun takeaways? People often read themselves into book characters --- Katelyn’s dad would get upset whenever the protagonist’s dad did something mean, and Katelyn’s mom would actually get mad at him! Katelyn also revealed that Iris --- an old woman who plays a major role in IMMACULATE --- was lifted from a 50-page short story she wrote about neighbors in a Brownstone several years earlier!

 

Beach Bag of Books 2015
It's time to think about summer reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Ninth Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. From now through Monday, July 27th at noon ET, five lucky readers will win a selection of the featured books.

This year's titles include:

BROKEN HEARTS, FENCES AND OTHER THINGS TO MEND by Katie Finn
THE FINISHER by David Baldacci
KILLER INSTINCT by S.E. Green
KILLER WITHIN: Killer Instinct #2 by S.E. Green
LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca
ONLY EVER YOURS by Louise O'Neill
P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han
A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin
SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater
WILDFLOWER by Alecia Whitaker

Click here to enter our Beach Bag of Books contest!

 
Special Feature and Giveaway: AWAKE by Natasha Preston
What would you do if everything you thought about your past turned out to be a lie? That the reason you couldn't remember anything before the age of four wasn't because of a traumatic fire --- it was because you were part of a cult --- and now your biological parents want you back?

That's exactly what happens to Scarlett in Natasha Preston's latest book, AWAKE. Dually narrated by Scarlett and Noah --- a boy from Eternal Light sent to bring Scarlett back to the fold, but who starts falling for her instead --- this page-turning, romantic thriller is one that you won't be able to put down.

For a chance to win one of 100 copies of this heart-pounding adventure, enter our contest by Thursday, August 6th at noon! You can also read an excerpt from AWAKE, a review of the book and an interview with Natasha.

 
Click here to see the special feature and contest for AWAKE!

 
Summer Buzz Books

Summer means a lot of things --- going to the beach, relaxing by the pool, going to camp, taking a break from school and...drumroll please…summer reading!

There are so many amazing YA books that came out this spring (and are coming out later this summer), and we asked some of our bookseller friends from around the country to weigh in on their very favorites. Get ready to slather on the sunscreen, head to the nearest sunny locale and crack open your literary prize.

 

Click here for some of their suggestions, and get yourself to a bookstore, stat!

 
Apply to Be on the Teen Board!

Do you have a passion for books? We are looking for 20-30 high school students between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who would like to contribute to Teenreads.com to be a part of our September 2015 - August 2016 Teen Board!

Teen Board members write reviews, write blog posts, answer the monthly Teen Board question, participate in special features and give us much-needed feedback.

Because we are looking for teens who can actively participate on the Teen Board, it is critical that you ensure that you have enough time to focus and give a year-long commitment.

Applications are due at 9:30AM EST, July 6th. We will review the applications by Friday, July 20th and begin the second part of the application process, which includes a sample book review and a recommendation from a teacher, a parent or someone else who knows you well. If you are selected and are under 18, you will also be required to turn in a consent form completed by a parent or guardian.

 

Click here to apply to be on the Teen Board.

 
Side by Side: Erasing Memories
We all have those memories that we cherish --- our first kiss, our trip to China or that time we got a standing ovation at our piano recital or scored the final goal of a tied soccer game. But we all have some peskier memories, too --- some that are heartwrenching, scary, embarrassing or just plain awful. What if you had the opportunity to erase those memories? Would you do it?

Authors Maggie Lehrman and Adam Silvera each explore that question in their new young adult books, THE COST OF ALL THINGS and MORE HAPPY THAN NOT. When Ari’s boyfriend dies in THE COST OF ALL THINGS, she buys a spell to erase the memory of him. And when Aaron --- a boy whose father committed suicide and who has a loving girlfriend --- falls in love with Thomas in MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, a kid from his neighborhood, he decides to undergo Leteo Institute’s memory erasing procedure to forget that he’s gay.

We decided to ask Maggie and Adam some questions about their books --- and their own memories. Check out their answers and the books themselves!

 
Click here to see the side by side!

 
On the Teenreads.com Blog

Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Angels... but what about Robots? --- Author Suzanne van Rooyen analyzes why robots have yet to become a YA trend.

Vibrant Themes in THE COLOR PURPLE --- Brooklyn teen Shirleyka H. explains why this historical fiction classic set in the early 1900s strikes timeless emotional chords.

Guest Post by Catherine Linka --- A GIRL UNDONE : The author of the A Girl Called Fearless series explains what inspired her to write her protagonist.

Let's Get Classic: Teen Board Member Alison S. continues her reviews of classic books --- this time it's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury.

We Need More LGBT* Books!: Teenreads.com intern Kat Szabo talks about the scarcity of books dealing with LGBTQIA issues, and how that needs to change.

May and June Books to Add to Your Reading List: It's officially summer! While you are soaking up the sun, crack the spines on some of these awesome reads.
 

Click here to visit the Teenreads.com blog!

 
Teen Board: Their Monthly Update!

Teen Board Question: Last month we celebrated Mother’s Day and this month we celebrate Father’s Day, so we have families on the brain! Therefore, we asked our Teen Board members: Do you have a memorable bookish memory with your mom, dad, grandparent or sibling? Teens gave us a big variety of answers --- Cheyenne C. remembers being obsessed with the Nancy Drew series --- so much that her father would test her knowledge of the words --- and Rachel D. recalls sharing her favorite books with her younger brother. Click here to read all of their great answers!

Reviews: The Teen Board members were big fans of this month's books. Maggie L. said THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS by Chris Priestley "adds a unique perspective to an already iconic tale," while Emily P. said that "even if you don't like poetry in general, give SKYSCRAPING [by Cordelia Jensen] a try and you might just change your mind."
 

Click here to learn more about the Teen Board!

 
Now in Stores: THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Jules Archer, foreword by Naomi Wolf

THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Jules Archer, foreword by Naomi Wolf (Young Adult Nonfiction, Historical)

Today, feminism is as important as ever. Betty Friedan’s musings, “to take the actions needed to bring women into the mainstream of American society, now; full equality for women, in fully equal partnership with men,” still hold fervently true in current society. Young readers still fighting for equality today need to know how the movement began years ago, with such basics as the right to vote, the right to birth control, and the right to equal employment. Leading historian Jules Archer’s account offers fascinating biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, and Betty Friedan, with a full background of the political organizations they worked for and against.

Forty-four percent of general American history books do not even mention the struggle for women’s suffrage, and 65 percent fail to record the name of Susan B. Anthony. Even more young readers have never heard the names of Margaret Sanger and Betty Friedan. As far as most of these books are concerned, women are invisible in American history. But these women dared to defy convention, at great personal risk, for the cause of sexual and gender equality. Their stories must be remembered. With a new foreword by feminist author Naomi Wolf, THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION relies heavily on letters, diaries and other personal forms of communication to tell the story of women’s rights in this country. Part of Sky Pony Press’s revitalization of the Jules Archer History for Young Readers series, this book is a must-read introduction to the Feminist Revolution for all young adults.

Click here to learn more about the book.

 

Now in Stores: EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway

EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway (Youth Fiction, Family Relationships)

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life…She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach --- go anywhere without her parents' relentless worrying. But Emmy's parents can't seem to let her grow up --- not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart…He'd thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver's father's crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Click here to learn more about the book.

Books On Screen

Books on Screen fans will not be disappointed this month: The prize-winning adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL hit theaters on June 12th! Hailed as the anti-THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, the book is a wry meditation on friendship and death that offers no tidy, storybook resolutions. A couple members of the Book Report Network team were lucky enough to go to an advance screening of the movie a few weeks ago and were happy to find that it lived up to the hype. We gathered some fun links to get you excited for the film. Be sure to check it out in theaters, as well as the rest of this month's Books on Screen!

Click here to see a trailer of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Click here to read an interview with the cast members of the movie.

Click here to see a collection of the best quotes from the book on Goodreads.

 

Click here to read our June Books on Screen!

 
June's Cool and New Roundup
June's roundup includes bestselling Shopaholic author Sophie Kinsella’s first foray into YA, FINDING AUDREY, which follows a girl with an anxiety disorder on a sweet romantic journey; INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani, an action-packed novel about a girl who discovers her father was a member of a Japanese organized crime syndicate; and DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu --- the winner of the 2015 Teen Choice Debut Author award at the Children's Choice Book Awards --- which follows Rachel as she begins to question her intensely religious upbringing.

In paperback titles this month, we have SUGAR: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, in which a misfit teen struggles to find her place in the world; THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson’s timely, compelling novel dealing with the effects of PTSD; and SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater --- a companion novel based on the author’s bestselling Shiver trilogy.
 
Click here to see June's Cool and New roundup!

 
Check Out Our Latest Reviews!
New! SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen (Poetry, Youth Fiction)

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world --- and everything she thought she knew about her family --- is shattered instantly. Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation is not all he’s kept hidden. He is HIV positive. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad --- while there is still time. --- Reviewed by Emily P., Teen Board Member.

New! REBELLION by Stephanie Diaz (Science-Fiction, Thriller)

It's been seven days since Clementine, Logan and their allies retreated into hiding on the Surface. Clementine feels almost safe in their company, but she knows it won't last. The rebels may have won one fight against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from over. He will find a way to fly his Core battleship to the nearby planet, Marden, no matter how many lives are lost in the process. Unless the rebels defeat him first. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! SUGAR by Deirdre Riordan Hall (Romance, Youth Fiction)

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at the age of 17. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home. But when Sugar meets Even, she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother. Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece (Gothic, Romance)

In this dark southern gothic novel, a young woman meets a man who may be more than he seems. After the death of her mother, 17-year-old Rave Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands. To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day. Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall (Romance, Thriller)

Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, Avery West's newfound family believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle --- beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family, but between the boy who might help her save the world and the one she's falling in love with. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! LIES I TOLD by Michelle Zink (Crime, Romance)

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! BOARDING SCHOOL GIRLS by Helen Eve (Contemporary)

Worshipped, envied, desired and feared by all, Siena Hamilton reigns over Temperley High, the embodiment of the Hamilton legacy. She and the Starlets may still be healing from the unfortunate and horrible events of the night at the end of last year, but nothing can shake her place as the head of Temperley’s elite any longer. The Starlets are nothing if not adept at dealing with traitors, and Siena is her mother's daughter: she knows how to be perfect, and she will not disappoint. There is only one person who could possibly get in her way. --- Reviewed by Thien-Kim H., Teen Board Member.

New! HELLO, I LOVE YOU by Katie M. Stout (Music, Romance)

Grace Wilde goes to a boarding school in South Korea, hoping for a fresh start. She wants nothing to do with music (which completely destroyed her family), but when her roommate Sophie's twin brother, Jason, turns out to be the newest Korean pop music superstar, Grace is thrust back into the world of fame. As months go by, Grace can't deny the sparks flying between her and the KPOP idol. Can Grace ignore her attraction to Jason and her undeniable pull of the music she was born to write? --- Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board Member.

New! EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone (Youth Fiction, Personal Growth)

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class, but has a secret that her friends would never understand: she has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. Then Sam meets Caroline --- a new friend with a refreshing sense of humor --- who introduces her to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd…until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear. --- Reviewed by Aimee Rogers.

New! THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS by Chris Priestley (Adventure, Suspense)

Sam and Lizzie are freezing and hungry on the streets of Victorian London. When a wealthy man refuses to give them some coins, Sam resolves to kill him. Huddling in a graveyard for warmth, Sam and Lizzie meet a wraithlike figure who warns Sam about the future that awaits such a bitter heart. So begins Sam's spirit-led journey through the past, present and future, after which Sam must decide whether to take the man's life or not. --- Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board Member.

New! THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GALLIVANTERS by M. J. Beaufrand (Youth Fiction, Mystery)

In Portland in 1983, girls are disappearing. Noah, a teen punk with a dark past, becomes obsessed with finding out where they’ve gone --- and he’s convinced their disappearance has something to do with the creepy German owners of a local brewery, the PfefferBrau Haus. So when the PfefferBrau Haus opens its doors for a battle of the bands, Noah pulls his band, the Gallivanters, back together in order to get to the bottom of the mystery. But there’s a new addition to the band: an enigmatic David Bowie lookalike named Ziggy. Plus, secrets other than where the bodies are buried will be revealed. --- Reviewed by Katherine Szabo.

New! IMMACULATE by Katelyn Detweiler (Family & Relationships)

Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school and able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant --- despite having never had sex --- her orderly world collapses. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible --- and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all. --- Reviewed by Corinne Fox.

New! AFTER HOURS by Claire Kennedy (Youth Fiction)

Isa, Xavi, Peter and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Café isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and most of all, it’s about Tips, a high-stakes game based on dares. From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win. --- Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board Member.

New! THE FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Jules Archer (Nonfiction, Historical)

Today, feminism is as important as ever. Young readers still fighting for equality today need to know how the movement began years ago, with such basics as the right to vote, the right to birth control and the right to equal employment. Leading historian Jules Archer’s account offers fascinating biographies of Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger and Betty Friedan, with a full background of the political organizations they worked for and against. --- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

June Poll

Now that it’s June, it’s time to find a summer job! If you could only apply to one of these positions, which would you choose?

  • Quidditch official (HARRY POTTER) --- An easy way to gain a few galleons and lose a few teeth.
  • Sherlock Holmes’s apprentice (SHERLOCK HOLMES) --- Crime rates drastically increase in the summer. Come, the game is afoot!
  • Waiter or Waitress at Jay Gatsby’s Parties (THE GREAT GATSBY) --- Gangsters, models and heirs! Oh My!
  • Camp Half Blood Counselor (PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS) --- Sword fighting, lava wall rock climbing and deadly Capture the Flag all await you in Long Island Sound.
  • Beauty assistant at the Capitol (THE HUNGER GAMES) --- Taking hair and makeup to an entirely new level.

Last month, we asked which kind of literary feast would you most like to participate in. Of course, 41% of voters said a feast at Hogwarts (who wouldn't want that?), but 29% said a CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY tour. To see the full results of the May poll, click here.
 

Click here to take our poll!

 
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