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November 17, 2017

AudioFile Best Books of the Year 2017

Posted by Dana C
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The end of the year is nearly here and it's time for readers and booklovers everywhere to start deciding how they'll remember 2017. Did you read a bunch of different books from different genres and authors, or stick to a shorter, pre-decided list? Did you find a new favorite you weren't expecting? Readers and publications are all figuring out their "Best Of" lists and AudioFile, a magazine that reviews audiobooks, profiles narrators and is always the first to know about hot new listens, has compiled their list of the best YA audiobooks from this year!
Each year during the month of November, aspiring and experienced authors worldwide participate in NaNoWriMo --- that's National Novel Writing Month for you newbies. Participants write a little each day and work towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. It may sound hectic and vaguely terrifying, but the NaNo community is always there to help --- there are forums and Twitter threads dedicated to participants and many develop lifelong bonds without ever leaving their homes. This year, we will be speaking to four writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We will check in with them each week to see how their novels are coming along and what obstacles or excitements they find along the way! - Check out week's one post HERE
Each year during the month of November, aspiring and experienced authors worldwide participate in NaNoWriMo --- that's National Novel Writing Month for you newbies. Participants write a little each day and work towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30th. It may sound hectic and vaguely terrifying, but the NaNo community is always there to help --- there are forums and Twitter threads dedicated to participants and many develop lifelong bonds without ever leaving their homes. This year, we will be speaking to four writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo. We will check in with them each week to see how their novels are coming along and what obstacles or excitements they find along the way!
October 26, 2017

Read a Q&A with Nic Stone, Author of DEAR MARTIN

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In DEAR MARTIN, Nic Stone's unforgettable debut novel, readers follow high school senior Justyce McAllister on an emotional journey that will leave him questioning everything he knows. Justyce is set for the Ivy League next year --- but that doesn't matter to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released, but the incident leaves Justyce contemplative and on edge. He can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. Struggling to cope, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure. In this Q&A with Nic Stone, Random House Children's Books gets to the heart of DEAR MARTIN and what Nic hopes readers will take away from this incredible book.  
Held in historic Morristown, New Jersey, the Morristown Festival of Books draws readers --- and authors --- of all different areas, interests and genres. Now four years old, the Festival has grown to include major authors and is one of Morristown’s biggest events all year. After finding out that Teenreads.com’s very own Rebecca Munro was moderating a YA panel, I knew I had to go. Actually (and, probably, shamefully) this was my first teen book event, so it was even more exciting.
Every labor day weekend I have the wonderful opportunity to attend the largest independent book festival in the nation! Every year I get to meet and hear from a bunch of fabulous YA authors! The AJC Decatur Book Festival takes place in Decatur, Georgia, and showcases authors from almost any genre as well as art, music and so much more. This year was one of the most memorable festivals I have ever attended!
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator Rebecca Munro, intern Dana, reviewers Katherine and Matthew, and reader Brian, we had a full team covering the panels, showroom floor and the whole atmosphere of the weekend. Read below for a quick overview of everyone's NYCC experience and come back soon for more in-depth coverage of the panels we all attended.  
There's nothing Teenreads loves more than a great book event featuring amazing authors discussing life-changing books. With our expanded Teen Board, we are able to cover more of these events than ever before. At the beginning of September, one of our new Teen Board members, Alice D., had the incredible experience of seeing both the legendary Leigh Barudgo and the kick-butt Daniel Jose Older at the same time. Read below to hear more about this dynamic duo.
Music takes a moment and makes it a memory. It's a universal language that can capture love, heartbreak, loss, soul searching and wing spreading-all in the span of a few notes. In BEHIND THE SONG, fourteen acclaimed young adult authors and musicians share short stories and personal essays inspired by the songs, the albums, the musicians who move them. Music can change one’s life. Here are some of the contributors to the new YA, music-focused anthology, BEHIND THE SONG, sharing the songs that changed their lives.
With summer wrapping up, we know that many of our Teenreaders are heading to their next adventure: college. There are lots of young adult books that deal with the stressors of applying for college and wondering what the next four years of your life will be like, but what about that long summer between high school and college? According to author Eric Walters, there is no time as full of possibility and potential as the 90 days (give or take) between one period of your life and the next. In his newest book, 90 DAYS OF DIFFERENT, Eric explores this concept through Sophie Evans, a girl who is dedicating her summer to doing one new thing each day in an attempt to become less predictable. In this blog post, Eric explains what he finds so magical about this time in a teen's life and how you can make the most of it.