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The 2009 Kirkus Reviews Book Video Awards challenges student filmmakers to produce video trailers for three upcoming YA novels published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books: FALLEN by Lauren Kate, VERY LeFREAK by Rachel Cohn, and THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner. The finalists for the 4th annual Teen Book Video Awards are Benjamin Bliss (FALLEN), Rosie Lambert (VERY LeFREAK), and Brighton Linge (THE MAZE RUNNER).
In today's guest blog, Amber Kizer --- author of ONE BUTT CHEEK AT A TIME and GERT GARIBALDI'S RANTS AND RAVES --- shares a family anecdote passed down from her grandparents that inspired elements of her latest novel, MERIDIAN.
As we shared with you in our New Releases Roundup Blog a few weeks back, Kristin Cashore recently published FIRE, the much-anticipated prequel to her debut novel, GRACELING. Though set in the same fantasy world as Cashore's previous book, FIRE takes place 30 years earlier, and introduces us to a 17-year-old heroine who will just about make you forget everything you thought you knew about "monsters."
October 19, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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In case you didn't already know, October 18-24th is Teen Read Week! And what would be a more perfect way to kick off the festivities than with our latest roundup of new releases, which offers eight rich and thought-provoking titles that tackle some pretty heavy topics, like culture clashes in Katherine Patterson's THE DAY OF THE PELICAN; the difficulties of loss in Valerie O.
October 16, 2009

Justine Larbalestier: How I Wrote LIAR

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For most authors, writing a novel is definitely a long and complicated process. Today's guest blogger, Justine Larbalestier, gives us a bit of insight into hers, explaining the nonlinear approach she took to penning her latest book, LIAR.
Instead of celebrating the publication of her second novel FAT CAT, which just hit stores yesterday, Robin Brande has been keeping a low profile, opting to go hiking in the Alps --- partly doing research for her next book, but also partly hiding out in fear of her book's dreaded r
October 12, 2009

This Week's New Releases

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This week's New Releases Roundup offers a wide range of subjects, settings and genres by both new authors as well as old favorites, giving readers the perfect excuse to do a bit of exploring of their own this Columbus Day.
Today's guest blogger, Tonya Hurley, is a filmmaker, screenwriter, and director, as well as the bestselling author of GHOSTGIRL and its sequel, GHOSTGIRL: HOMECOMING.
Josh Lieb’s buzzworthy new novel, I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT, will be hitting stores October 13, and it’s already catching our eye with a brand new book trailer starring Jon Stewart! Lieb is the executive producer of "The Daily Show," and he’s exerting his executive powers to get the funnyman to talk about his latest work, so we just had to share this video with all of you.