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An Armenian family receiving food relief, 1915 (source: Wikimedia)

Remembering the Armenian Genocide: an Interview with Dana Walrath

Today on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we talk to Dana Walrath, the author of a YA book about two Armenian children fleeing the violence.

by × April 24, 2015 ×

Illustration by Ana Juan from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Excerpt from Best-selling YA Author Catherynne Valente: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

I could spend all day serving you examples of whimsy and humor from these books. From page 93, “Some magic never bends, even if you tear at it with your own teeth.” From page 138, “But it’s their wedding night!” protested September. “Surely they would like to retire with milk and a nice book!” These are random examples found from flipping through the first book. (I normally mark my favorite passages as I read, but was not able to in this case.) But rather than regaling you with further quotes, I’ve brought you an excerpt from the latest book in the series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland.

by × April 6, 2015 ×

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Before the interview I must disclose that I know Corina Vacco from a writers group in Berkeley. But please don’t think this is a situation where I’m eager to share the writing of a friend. No! It’s quite the opposite: from my first exposure to her prose I determined to[…]

by × March 30, 2015 ×

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2014 Teen Read Week Books

2014 Teen Read Week Books

As Teen Read Week comes to a close we wanted to point out a few titles that we love right now. No matter what your teen is into we know we have a suggestion that will be perfect for them. And for more books to choose from visit our teen[…]

by × October 17, 2014 ×

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4 YA Books to Read on Spring Break

4 YA Books to Read on Spring Break

It’s just about that time for Spring Break and whether you’re headed out on your own adventure, have a son or daughter looking for some beach reads, or just need any excuse to grab a light read, we’ve got you covered. Here are our Top 4 Favorite YA Books to[…]

by × March 7, 2014 ×

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2014 ALA Best Books for Children

2014 ALA Best Books for Children

Last Week the American Library Association announced the winners of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. We thought we would pass on the good news to you. Here are the top wins, but for the full list of ALA honored books visit the site here here. Caldecott Medal Winner Locomotive[…]

by × February 7, 2014 ×

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Zombie Love: Books that Bring the Undead to Life

Zombie Love: Books that Bring the Undead to Life

Valentine’s Day is a dividing holiday, we think. If you’re in love you LOVE IT. If you’re single, well not so much. So we thought we’d appeal to everyone here with a few books about zombies in love. Who says love is only for those with a beating heart? If you[…]

by × January 31, 2014 ×

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6 Awesome YA Books Set at Boarding School

6 Awesome YA Books Set at Boarding School

I love boarding school books because they show that teenagers are capable of making decisions, but also learning from their first independent decisions. When I was in high school I dreamed of the freedom of going to boarding school reading books like A Separate Peace and watching movies like Dead Poet’s[…]

by × January 24, 2014 ×

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Intro to YA

Intro to YA

O.K., so I’ll admit it: everything I know about Young Adult books I learned when I was, well, a young adult. And at the risk of giving away my age (is it revealing too much that Men at Work is my favorite band?), let’s just say there’ve been more than[…]

by × October 29, 2013 ×