Category Archives: YA book recommendation

This is #IReadYA Week! And some of my recent favorites.

I love reading YA books; they’re my favorite–and I love writing them, too. (Smiling) So much emotion and tension, strong-girl characters (and strong boys, too) who I root for, no boring bits or long passages of description that stop the … Continue reading

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STAINED will be released in paperback in 2015

So not only is STAINED one of Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature’s Best Book of the Year for ages Fourteen and Up–it’s also going to be released in paperback on 5/11/15 and be only $8.99! So much good … Continue reading

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I’m delighted that STAINED is one of Bank Street College’s Book of the Year for ages Fourteen and Up

I’m delighted that STAINED is one of Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature’s Book of the Year for ages Fourteen and Up! (beaming) Links to all books and categories here. It’s such a feel-good thing to have my book … Continue reading

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My Favorite YA Fantasy and Dystopian Books I’ve Recently Read, Loved, and Highly Recommend. Put these on your to-read list!

All of these books are new favorites of mine; they completely sucked me into their worlds, made me love their characters and root for them. All of them immediately made me want to pick up their sequels or other books … Continue reading

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Guest post by YA Author Lois Duncan: When Fiction Becomes Heartbreaking Fact

I am honored to have children’s and YA author, and adult non-fiction author, Lois Duncan post here today about her writing journey, her daughter Kait’s murder, and how she came to write her newest book One To the Wolves: On … Continue reading

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Video Book Review of Parallel Visions by Reader Jacob Lasher

I absolutely love this video book review that reader Jacob Lasher (who also writes) did of Parallel Visions! (beaming) It’s thoughtful, sweet, and at times funny. You can tell he’s really thought about the writing and about what works for … Continue reading

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A sweet, heartfelt video review of Scars

Check out this sweet, heartfelt, honest review of Scars by reader Jacob Lasher. Jacob’s read Scars five times already! (beaming) What a feel-good review from a reader.

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Why We Need Diversity in YA Fiction

Imagine if, no matter how many books you read, you couldn’t find any main characters that you could see yourself in. Think of how alone you’d feel. Maybe you’d start to feel like something was wrong with you. Shameful. Or … Continue reading

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Dear Teen Me: my letter and a giveaway

When I was a teen being sexually abused and cutting to cope, thinking about suicide, and just struggling to survive, I had no voice. I didn’t even know if I’d make it. Writing and art were the only way I … Continue reading

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mini YA review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin, Jan 2011 ISBN: ISBN-10: 1595143971, ISBN-13: 978-1595143976 My Rating: 5/5 Source: I bought my copy Across the Universe is a gripping novel that won’t let you go until after you’ve finished the … Continue reading

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