Teen Thursday

The results from NPR‘s top 100 teen books poll is in. Not surprisingly the Harry Potter series is number one. John Green made the list 5 times! There is some great stuff on there, so check it out and come in and get some new reads today!

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R.L. Stine weighs in on his summer picks in Entertainment Weekly. Among them Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. This Q&A got us all nostalgic for the creepy old days.

What’s the Goosebumps book you think is always overlooked but fans should check out?
There is one that I really like that no one knows. It’s called Brain Juice. It’s one of my favorites. No one ever mentions it, no one ever read it.”  Read the full interview here.

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Jennifer Lawrence is talking big money for the much anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. “The actress is in the final stages of negotiating a rich deal to return for Catching Fire that will pay her somewhere in the $10 million range, according to sources close to the deal. The figure is a combination of salary, bonuses and escalators. Depending on the box-office performance of the film, she could earn much more. ” Read The Hollywood Reporter’s full article here.

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Chris Colfer, Glee star, is set to release a YA novel entitled Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal. It “will be released by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 20, ahead of the film on which the book is based. Colfer both wrote the screenplay for and stars in the film, which also features Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, and Dermot Mulroney, and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.” We can’t wait to read Struck By Lightning! Check out PW’s full article here.

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The Atlantic Wire published an amazing article The Best of the Young Adult ‘B-Sides’. It’s chock full of literary gold, go mine it!

“Before there was The Hunger Games trilogy and the widespread fervor (and Mockingjay pins, as per the photo above), that ensued, for instance, Suzanne Collins was a writer for children’s TV, working on Nickelodeon shows Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, among other programs. She also wrote a middle-grade series called The Underland Chronicles, the first book of which, Gregor the Overlander, came out in 2003. It’s been critically acclaimed and reader approved, but it’s hardly matched the sales or fan frenzy of The Hunger Games. Then again, not much has.”

YES, you read correctly CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL!

“Markus Zusak came to the attention of a lot of readers with his 2006 Y.A. novel, The Book Thief, featuring the great girl character of Liesel Meminger, who steals books, learns how to read, and is pitted against the character of Death in Germany during World War II. But Zusak also wrote the 2002 book I am the Messenger, which some fans profess to love even more The Book Thief.”

4 thoughts on “Teen Thursday

  1. I loved the Overlander series. I had no idea that it was written by the same Suzanne Collins that wrote The Hunger Games series. I agree with the above comment though. It would be nice to see the Overlander series gain in popularity.

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