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Do you love young adult literature as much as we do? Then welcome to our humble treehouse: a sanctuary and not-so-secret hideout for fans and writers of YA lit. News, advice, links, and fun stuff, straight from the keyboards of our always-intrepid, sometimes-torpid reporting staff. Come on in!
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1. Interview with Sarah Beth Durst, author of THE LOST

We've interviewed versatile author Sarah Beth Durst before--the last time was when we talked to her about her fantasy novel Conjured. We are thrilled to have her back for another interview, because her latest book, The Lost, is a bit of a departure... Read the rest of this post

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2. TURNING PAGES: HOW TO FALL, by Jane Casey

Summer reading - this is a shove-it-in-your-beach-bag book for sure. A quick, non-demanding novel which will leave you feeling a little leery, and carefully observing your friends. It's a tale of falsehoods and friendship in a tiny English beach... Read the rest of this post

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3. So, is Duchovny's book a picture book? :snort:

©2012, Debbie Ridpath Ohi. P.S. - Don't miss Liz Garton Scanlon on BookPeople, Austin's blog today. Good stuff! This work is copyrighted material. All opinions are those of the writer, unless otherwise indicated. All book reviews are UNSOLICITED,... Read the rest of this post

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4. 5&Dime Friday: Serious as an Art Attack!

OH, my word, it's the weekend -- and it makes us want to flee! Anywhere! Well, anywhere there's water and sun, probably. Or, barring that, lovely rain, and a good bookstore with a nice coffee shop. And tights. Even if we can't pop off to Futurama in... Read the rest of this post

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5. A Little of This, A Little of That...

I haven't done a links roundup in a while. That's mainly because I'm so far behind on my e-newsletters and other online reading that I've got an enormous backlog to go through. I put all that stuff in a separate email folder and instead of making me... Read the rest of this post

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6. BOOM: And we are LIVE!

Registration is OPEN. Call for session proposals is OPEN. The 2014 Kidlit Con, BLOGGING DIVERSITY: WHAT'S NEXT?, to be held at the stunning Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in Sacramento, California, October 10-11 is only EIGHTY-SEVEN DAYS AWAY.Rumor... Read the rest of this post

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7. Can You Quantify Successful Writing Style?

"Needs more adjectives."I ran across an interesting news item in the Writer's Chronicle March/April issue entitled "Scientific Study Claims Ability to Predict Best-Selling Novels." Yes, I will admit there is a small part of me which is intrigued by... Read the rest of this post

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8. Five/Dime Friday: From Suck to Smiles

You know it's a bad week when a friend writes you a condolence note and includes a link from the paper... Sir Terry cancelling his appearance at the UK Discworld Convention, due to his ongoing (since 2007) embuggerance, Alzheimer's, has just gutted... Read the rest of this post

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9. Thursday Review: ASK ME by Kimberly Pauley

If you were ever that kid who gobbled up Greek myths like popcorn, then, like me, you may have been a bit intrigued and mystified by those exalted yet still human personages, the oracles. Cloistered in a rarefied environment, like the Oracle of... Read the rest of this post

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10. YES. THIS:

"That was when I realized that writing diverse fiction wasn’t simply about including people who looked, dressed, or spoke differently. Diverse fiction certainly encompasses those things, but at its core, diversity in fiction is about presenting... Read the rest of this post

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11. TURNING PAGES: HOOP DREAMS by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Hello, Sports Fans! It's the dog days of summer... well, the puppy days, anyway, and sports are what's on the telly. Sports are what's on the page, too. Despite my complete-klutz status, I love a good sports novel and this fab one comes to us from... Read the rest of this post

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12. KidLitCon 2014 Update: Call for Session Proposals is Up!

Via the Kidlitosphere Central website, here's the latest on the Call for Session Proposals for this fall's KidLitCon (which Tanita and I are proudly helping to organize, along with Jen Robinson and a valiant and hardworking crew of other conference... Read the rest of this post

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13. Thank You.

Brilliant writer, Walter Dean Myers, 1937-2014 To one of the first who said, "We need diverse books," and never, ever, ever stopped saying it.With gratitude, for lending us your words and your voice, Young adult readers and writers of all colors,... Read the rest of this post

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14. TURNING PAGES: SOPHIE, IN SHADOW, by Eileen Kernaghan

This book is heartily recommended to anyone re-reading A PASSAGE TO INDIA this summer (hi, Lissa!), and to anyone whose childhood summers included Kipling's KIM, which is worth a re-read this summer as well. This book is for anyone who fears that... Read the rest of this post

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15. Reviews in Tandem: THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

Welcome to another installment of Reviews in Tandem, where we both have our say about a book we've each read in an informal back-and-forth discussion. This is going to be a shorter review than many, because it's a graphic novel, and it's too easy to... Read the rest of this post

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16. Five on a Friday: Quick Change

Oy. Friday afternoon, at the end of a long week. I feel like I've been revising with tweezers, rearranging microscopic letters in a dim room by feel. I have things open on my browser I've been meaning to share though, so quickly, before I find my... Read the rest of this post

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17. TURNING PAGES: MARK OF THE DRAGON QUEEN, by Katie W. Stewart

There's something to be said for a story that can finish in one go. Now, this novel is also set up perfectly to be the first in a series, but if you're not of a mind to find the sequel, this story has been neatly sewn up, signed, sealed, and... Read the rest of this post

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18. TURNING PAGES: The Prank List, by Anna Staniszewski

It's official! Happy Summer!Reading outside usually has all the same specialness as reading in the bathtub -- it never works out well. Even with an e-reader, it can get dicey. I'm super photosensitive, so even with my Ginormous Bug sunglasses, I... Read the rest of this post

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19. TURNING PAGES: WHERE SILENCE GATHERS, by Kelsey Sutton

This is a companion novel, second in the SOME QUIET PLACE series. SOME QUIET PLACE, which was published in 2012, has a common emotional personification, but that's the only overlap; it's definitely a standalone novel. While the cover is... Read the rest of this post

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20. Beautiful Bookstores...

...I saw several while we were traveling the past few weeks. (Travel was the reason for my recent blog absence. I usually have the best intentions of blogging while away, but I almost always end up too exhausted to even think about doing anything... Read the rest of this post

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21. Now Reading: BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME by Sarah Combs

I haven't done a "Now Reading" post in a while. I was planning to do more of these—blog posts that happen mid-read, just reactions and thoughts and free-form writing about a book I'm currently enjoying. Right now I'm reading Breakfast Served... Read the rest of this post

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22. TURNING PAGES: DANGEROUS, by Shannon Hale

As an occasional lurker on Shannon Hale's blog, I'd read a bit about this novel before it came out -- a very little bit -- but was surprised when Hale revealed that her character had been differently-abled from birth. I read Mindy's review on... Read the rest of this post

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23. What We Talk About When We Talk About STRUCTURE

No, no, no--I said STRUCTURE, not A structure.Today, in our writing group, we talked about the idea of STRUCTURE in writing YA novels (or any fiction, for that matter). I've obsessing over it a bit because I'm working on a new project, so it was... Read the rest of this post

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24. The Weekend Word: The Perks of Being a YA Author

So, Tech Boy and I recently spent some four days in Portland, the one in Oregon, anyway, and for those of you who have been there or heard it called The Berkeley of the North, it isn't; Berkeley is still offbeat and a little dirty, and Portland is... Read the rest of this post

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25. Monday Review: THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

The awesome team of Canadian cousins behind the wonderful graphic novel Skim (reviewed here) is back with a thoughtful, sometimes-wistful, sometimes-wrenching, always poignant look at what it feels like to grow up. Rose Wallace and her parents have... Read the rest of this post

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