Young Adult

Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to...

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Behind the Book: Lauren Oliver on "Rooms"

Since her debut novel, Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver has established herself as a beloved author of young adult novels, most recently with Panic, one of our Best YA Books of the Month (March 2014). Oliver has also successfully ventured...

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2014 National Book Award: The Longlists

The titles long listed for the National Book Awards have been trickling in this week and today the final category, Fiction, was announced. Some of the titles that have appeared on our Best Books of the Month lists are included...

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YA Wednesday: Best Books of September

Labor Day weekend is always a bit of a double-edged sword--it's a nice long weekend to relax and eat lots of barbeque but the end of it means that it's actually September and the start of fall. Already. Here in...

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YA Wednesday: Talking to Chris Weitz and Jennifer E. Smith

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to sit down with two delightful YA authors to talk books. Chris Weitz, best known for his work in film including the movie adaptations of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The...

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YA Wednesday: A Picture is Worth...

When I heard the premise of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone I was intrigued. I figured it would be really good or really bad with not much wiggle room in between. So I sat down to read a chapter...

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YA Wednesday Sneak Peak: New Maze Runner Movie Trailer

The Maze Runner movie is coming out next month (in theaters 9/19) and I'm already bugging the publisher to see if there are going to be any early screenings here in Seattle. From the trailers I've seen, and early buzz,...

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YA Wednesday: July Favorites

It's the middle of summer and Seattle is scorching hot these days. The best I can do under the circumstances has been to hide out with a fan and distract myself with books. For the Best YA Books of July...

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YA Wednesday: Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

I'm so sad to hear that Walter Dean Myers passed away. I had the pleasure to meet him at BEA in 2012 (pictured here), when he was the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and he was delightful. Myers said...

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YA Wednesday: Best YA Books of 2014 So Far

Scary, but true--2014 is basically half over. There are still a LOT of great books to look forward to this fall (Skink--No Surrender, Belzhar, The Infinite Sea, etc.,) but this is the time of year when we look back at...

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