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Amazon Lists 20 Essential YA Reads

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Amazon has just debuted their “Essential Books for Young Adults”. The Essentials is actually a two-part list of twenty books all together, which is designed to make book shopping for teens easier.

The first list that is a selection of ten books chosen by the Amazon Editors. The editors have weighed in to created a carefully curated selection of timeless reads to help guide book-buying experiences outside of the classroom. This list currently includes classics reads, such as The Giver by Lois Lowery and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It pairs these more established novels with modern favorites like Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Martin Zusak’s The Book Thief. The Amazon Editors' selections are designed to inspire teens to reflect on the world at large and includes books from across the many sub-genres of YA lit.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Extended Excerpt: Eve Edwards' The Other Countess — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

Eve Edwards' historical YA series starter The Other Countess is an RT Top Pick! Reviewer Raven Heller says of the story, "I stayed up way too late to finish this one — but it was so worth it!" Last week readers got a look at the first few chapters of the story and the author gave away advance reader copies of The Other Countess. Congratulations to last week's winners and we are thrilled to announce that this week one more reader will win an ARC of the story and everyone will get a chance to read the second chapter of the story!

Will watched her go with regret. His attraction to the dark-haired lady with her execrable embroidery had taken him by surprise. She’d been laughing at his brothers—that was what had done it. Her eyes had sparkled with humor, her smiling lips just begging for a kiss.

Will sighed. He was here on serious business and could not afford to be distracted.

James scratched his chest and yawned. “Who was she, Will?”


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J.K. Rowling To Launch Interactive Harry Potter-Themed Website Pottermore

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is growing in an all-new way with the launch of the interactive website Pottermore.com

The author announced that the Pottermore will have a soft-launch on July 31 of this year (fitting, as it is the title character’s birthday, the date that started it all) and then be open to all browsers this coming October. The site will take fans through the world of the series, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and continuing all the way through to the final book. As readers make their way along the new digital landscape of the popular series they will find out more about their favorite Potter characters and world. For the project Rowling has put together over 18,000 new words worth of backstories and details fans will stumble on as they explore the site. 


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Tags: E-Book, Young Adult
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Video Interview: Libba Bray On Beauty Queens The June RT Seal Of Excellence Winner

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month's RT Seal of Excellence was awarded to Beauty Queens by the phenomenal Libba Bray. This satirical YA novel follows a group of teen beauty queens fighting for survival on a dessert island and won such praise from the RT editors as, "One of the most creative books I've ever read." Today RT's Senior Editor Stephanie Klose sits down with the author to get the insider details about the making of Beauty Queens. (It is so behind the scenes, you'll get to see the author singing at the end of the video.) And then don't miss your chance to win this novel after the interview!

Libba Bray shares a look behind the scenes of Beauty Queens >>

Enter to win your own copy of Beauty Queens >>

 


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Lauren McLaughlin Talks Identity, Gender And Acceptance In Cycler and (Re)Cycler

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

In recognition of Gay Pride Month, today we are chatting with YA author Lauren McLaughlin who is best known for her non traditional series,  Cycler and (Re) Cycler. In these books the heroine, Jill, lives for four days every month as a boy named Jack. Says RT’s Kate Girard of the series first, Cycler, “There is nothing about this story that is ordinary, and yet this tale about struggling through life as a teen will feel as familiar to readers as if it is their own while simultaneously inspiring deep reflection on what it is to be ‘normal’.” Today the author talks about her tales of love and identity, and offers three good resources for teens (and families) that want to learn more about transgender issues.


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Meet Eve Edwards And Sneak A Peek At The Other Countess — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Eve Edwards takes YA readers back to the past with her new series, The Lacey Chronicles. The series first, The Other Countess, is a July Top Pick! RT’s Raven revealed, “I stayed up way too late to finish this one — but it was so worth it! Edwards has created a richly detailed historical world with lively characters.” Today the author offers a special peek inside the series, gives you access to the entire prologue and first chapter and hosts a giveaway so you can enter to win your own Advance Reader Copy of The Other Countess!

A warm “hello” from Oxford, England, to all of you in the USA interested in the first of the Lacey Chronicles, The Other Countess. If you like your heroes handsome but troubled and your heroines disadvantaged but witty under pressure, then I think there will be much in the book for you. There are jousts and feasts, gossip and girlfriends, alchemy and arrests for treason, so I promise you are unlikely to get bored!


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What's Coming Next For Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls

BY Morgan Doremus, JUNE 21, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's no secret that one of my favorite YA series is Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls. So when I saw her at this year's BEA convention surrounded by a group of fans, I had to break through the crowd to ask her a few questions.

Now that the author is on her fifth novel in the action-packed YA series, I had to know if Ally ever gets stuck when coming up with new spy-situations for her girls.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Win Your Own Copy Of Libba Bray's Beauty Queens!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month Libba Bray's young adult novel, Beauty Queens won RT BOOK REVIEWS' June Seal of Excellence.

After a plane crash, the contestants of the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant are left for dead on what seems to be a deserted island. However these intrepid girls turn their pageant talents into survival skills, and along the way they uncover a secret underground laboratory, meet a boy band and must thwart a massive conspiracy.

This brilliant novel had the RT editors singing it's praises with such phrases as, "this book was everything I wanted and more" and "It's one of the best novels I've ever read." Now it is your chance to win this new novel that had the RT editors singing its praises. To win your copy of Beauty Queens tell us what your pageant talent would be!


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Video Interview: Sophie Littlefield

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Sophie Littlefield hit the scene in 2009 with her mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won that year's RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best first mystery. Since that time Littlefield has made a name for herself with her mystery, young adult and paranormal series. Earlier this year, the author's post-apocalyptic novel Aftertime captured March's Seal of Excellence award. Today the author gives readers an insider look at her writing process, continuing series and more in this video interview with RT's Senior Editor and RT Reviews Coordinator Stephanie Klose.

Sophie Littlefield shares an insider's look at her writing and series! >>

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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Debate Rages On About The Content In YA Novels

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Young Adult authors and readers have banded together to combat last weekend’s article by Meghan Cox Gurdon in The Wall Street Journal. She asserted that recent tales have skewed the genre to a place that is too dark. 

The article skewers the language and content that young readers can find in many popular books, even going so far as to say the genre is “[s]o dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things…” Gurdon’s sentiment is that although the novels don’t necessarily make teens reenact what they read about, these topics can have a serious effect on readers. She says, “Entertainment doesn’t not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.” 

However, it was not long before the YA community responded to this attack. In the wake of this article, author Maureen Johnson began the Twitter hashtag #YAsaves which has generated well over 15,000 re-tweets in the first few hours as people tell their own stories about the positive effects of the genre. Since the conversation has taken on a life of it’s own as authors and readers react to the original article and the stories that are being shared. 


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