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Beach Bag of Books 2014

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 Eighth Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest.

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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 Eighth Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest.

September 2014

Our September roundup includes ON A CLEAR DAY, the final novel by Walter Dean Myers, which tells the story of a group of diverse teens who must wage war against the powerful elite; THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing, the dark tale of a servant girl learning the brutal truth about her employer; and EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire, the richly layered story of two Russian girls and

Side by Side: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is famous for writing some of the eeriest poems and stories in English literature, rife with people being buried alive, talking ravens and mysterious detectives. Years later, his works are still frightening readers everywhere --- and inspiring a new generation of authors.

For our latest side-by-side, we talk to Bethany Griffin and Jessica Verday, both of whom based their latest YA novels on one of Poe’s masterpieces., Bethany Griffin reimagines the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” in the tension-filled THE FALL, which follows a girl named Madeleine who is trapped in a living house that is slowly driving her mad. In OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS, Annabel discovers that her father’s two assistants --- Edgar and Allan --- are in fact two halves of the same person, and that they’re determined to commit the crimes described in Allan’s stories.

Read below to learn what inspired Bethany and Jessica, their biggest irrational fears, and what they’d do if they had a day to spend with the legendary author himself.