1. BookExpo America 2015: Day 2

    On Thursday, I attended the YA Editors’ Buzz panel. I always enjoy these panels; it’s interesting to hear the editors talking about the story behind the book. For example, Laura Chasen from St. Martin’s Griffin talked about sitting down to read the manuscript of Dreams Things True by…

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  2. BookExpo America 2015: Day1

    The main conference and exhibit halls for BEA 2015 started mid-day on Wednesday, and ran for half a day. This unusual late opening was convenient for travel, because I was able to drive up in the morning and save a day in the hotel. However, it gave an odd feel…

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  3. Game of Thrones: Thoughts about Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (Spoilers)

    Last night’s episode was a real downer. My first reaction was, “Well, that was depressing,” but as I think about and process it, I have some different thoughts. There will spoilers here, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, I recommend you leave now. As a clarification,…

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  4. Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes

    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Told in alternating stories of two main characters on opposite sides, An Ember in the Ashes is a suspenseful exploration of the effects of violence on both the conquered and the conquerors. Set in a Rome-like fantasy world, the Scholars are a…

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  5. So you want to write a children's book?

    As a publisher, I subscribe to a lot of book publishing and marketing newsletters. Yesterday, I received the following email from two of those newsletters: Ever wanted to write a children’s book? If so, publishing your work as an e-book on Amazon’s Kindle platform is a great way…

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  6. Book Review: Smek for President

    Smek for President by Adam Rex Science fiction for kids is rare enough; truly funny middle-grade science fiction is even rarer. In fact, off the top of my head I can only think of one book in the hilarious middle-grade science fiction genre: The True Meaning of Smekday. Now that…

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  7. 2014 Andre Norton Award Nominees

    The 2014 Nebula Award nominees have been announced, and with it the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Nebula and Andre Norton awards are given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Two of the Andre Norton nominees were also…

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  8. Book Review: The Last Wild/The Dark Wild

    I read both of these books together, so I’m going to do what I rarely do and review them together. If you haven’t read the first book, you might want to stop after my review of The Last Wild, because my review of *The Dark Wild *will, of…

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  9. Don't overlook these books!

    I love the seven books my panel selected as the finalists for YA Speculative Fiction. I’m really proud of our shortlist as a representation of the best YA Spec Fic books of 2014. However, there are always the ones that got away, the ones that didn’t quite make…

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  10. Cybils Awards 2014 Finalists!

    The 2014 Cybils Awards finalists have been announced! The Cybils Awards, now in our 9th year, recognize the best children’s and YA books of the year as defined by our primary criteria: kid appeal and literary merit. We are an adjudicated award, and our judges are all bloggers specializing…

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