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Beverly Cleary Interviewed By The Atlantic

BY , JULY 26, 2011 | PERMALINK

"You always remember your first." This sentiment is particularly true for readers, because who can't remember the first fictional characters to whisk them away on wild adventures? From Laura Ingels Wilder's frontier-taming sisters, to Beverly Cleary's incorrigible Ramona, Beezus and Henry, these classic characters will always have a place on our bookshelves and in our hearts. 

In a recent interview with The Atlantic, beloved children's author Beverly Cleary discussed her career, famous characters, including the indomnitable Ramona, and the way that her young readers have both changed and stayed the same even though children of the digital age seem to grow up faster and faster.


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Tags: Young Adult
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The Hunger Games Movie Poster Revealed!

BY Whitney Sullivan, JULY 20, 2011 | PERMALINK

It's no secret that the words "eagerly anticipating" do not do justice to how ravenous the RT staff is for The Hunger Games movie release on March 23.

We loved Suzanne Collins’ futuristic YA series so much that it was the first — and only — series to ever win an RT Seal of Excellence back in September 2010. And whenever we hear about casting news we discuss it in-depth (like we did when the actress who will be playing Katniss was cast). So you’ll have to pardon my pun when I say that the new flaming Hunger Games poster is simply fanning the flames of our desire to watch this epic adventure unfold on the big screen. Look below to see the digital version of what has to be one of the best movie posters of all time.


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Tags: Young Adult
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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Young Adult Book Deals

BY , JULY 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of the new YA book deals that we can't wait for — just after they have been announced! And today, in honor of Mystery Month, each of the following deals feature some sort of mysterious element ... 

April Henry's Finish Her Off finds the 17-year-old heroine suffering from amnesia in a remote cabin and doing her best to stay alive — despite the attempts of several very determined men to get rid of her. Publication date TBA.

Readers who love the supernatural should be sure to check out Crewel by debut author Gen Albin. The story starts a trilogy set in a world where “spinster” women are able to impact the very fabric of existence. Although there is no publication date yet, we are already looking forward to the blend of romance and action this science fiction read promises to provide!


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Tags: Young Adult
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Video Interview: Sarah Porter And Her Underwater World

BY , JULY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Head underwater for this month's Lost Voices, a dark series starter about unloved girls who transform into murderous mermaids in author Sarah Porter's new series starter. Today the author chats with RT's Whitney Sullivan about her intriguing heroine Luce, the "mermaid mean girls" Luce meets and why this story will ring true for anyone who has ever been part of a clique.

Sarah Porter talks Lost Voices! >>

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Author Interview With Eve Edwards — And Giveaway!

BY , JULY 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Eve Edwards shares an insider's look at her new novel, The Other Countess, in this author interview. Find out what it was like to create this historical series starter, what you can expect to find in the next installment of the series — and how to win your own SIGNED copy of this new release!

RT BOOK REVIEWS: From the back cover of The Other Countess, readers know that Ellie is beautiful, penniless, and feisty. But which three traits would Ellie use to describe herself? 

Eve Edwards: She would definitely include “penniless”—this weighs heavily on her mind. “At her wits end” (with her gold-mad father), and mercifully “still with a sense of humour” despite the first two.


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Extended Excerpt: The Third Chapter Of Eve Edwards' The Other Countess — With Giveaway!

BY , JULY 05, 2011 | PERMALINK

Debut author Eve Edwards returns this week to give readers one final peek inside of The Other Countess and a final chance to win an advance reader copy of the book before it is in stores. You’ve already read the prologue, chapter one and chapter two, now you can take a taste of chapter three and then enter to win The Other Countess below!

Lady Jane Perceval stood in front of the mottled glass in her chamber and surveyed her reflection critically. She adjusted the bodice on the tight stomacher of ivory damask to push her breasts up higher. Humming in disapproval as a small pox mark showed on the swelling mound, she dabbed her skin with ceruse, a paste of vinegar and white lead, ensuring all visible areas of skin were flawless white. Her honey-brown hair was looped over her ears and caught up in a pearl-edged headdress. Her lips were fashionably reddened by cochineal dye.


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Five On Friday: Newly Announced Young Adult Book Deals

BY , JULY 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

There are so many new book deals being made in the Young Adult market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of the new YA book deals that we can't wait for — just after they have been announced! And today, in honor of Mystery Month, each of the following deals feature some sort of mysterious element ... 

Gothic fans will flip for Elizabeth Hand’s Wylding Hall, which reboots Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and places the teen heroine at a competitive summer camp for the artistically gifted. Publication date TBA.

Venturing even further into creepy territory is Renegade by Jessica Souders. Her tale is set in an underwater Utopia where a female assassin realizes that she does not control her own mind or body, and that her memories have been altered. The publication date has not yet been announced, but we are anxious to get our hands on this novel for several reasons, not the least of which is to find out why a utopia needs assassins!


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Tags: Young Adult
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Amazon Lists 20 Essential YA Reads

BY , 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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Extended Excerpt: Eve Edwards' The Other Countess — With Giveaway!

BY , 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 , 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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