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Hi Teenreaders!



Last Tuesday, while introducing the five finalists for the National Book Award for Young Literature to a group of students at the annual Teen Press Conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, Sherrie Young, the Director of Marketing and Special Projects at the National Book Foundation, said, “You have movie stars --- these are your literary stars.”



Showing that authors are stars --- just like actors, singers and athletes --- and are people to admire and aspire to be, is actually one of the central points of the Teen Press Conference. At this event students from multiple New York middle and high schools gather to interview the finalists about their books and writing processes.

Happy November, Teenreaders!

I know that you’re all about reading YA, but I have a small inkling that a fair amount of you are into writing, too. And for those of you who are --- whether it’s YA or adult or children’s literature, realistic fiction or fantasy or action-adventure or stories populated by aliens and circus elephants --- November is your month. Well, technically it’s National Novel Writing Month (or, as it’s frequently called, NaNoWriMo), but you know --- same thing.