Teen Thursday – Texas Teen Book Fest Super Edition!

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Where we bring you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the
BookPeople Teen Press Corps!

Gearing Up for the Texas Teen Book Festival!

Today’s Teen Thursday is only about the Texas Teen Book Festival‘s featured authors and books. It’s this Saturday, ya’ll!! Over on the Teen Press Corps blog, we are taking a closer look at each panel – including fun facts about each author – and counting down the reasons to be at the TTBF. The fest is chock-full of great authors and programs. Don’t miss out on all the amazing, exciting, FREE fun on Saturday, October 18!



Is This Real Life is a panel discussion that will focus on books that involve fantasy and magical realism in their stories. The authors headlining this panel are: Leslye Walton; A. S. King; Scott Westerfeld; Guadalupe Garcia McCall; and Cory Doctrow!! Here is a little bit more about the authors and their books.

2013 TTBF game show
A favorite feature returns to TTBF! This will be our second year at the Texas Teen Book Festival doing the game show and it keeps getting better and better! This year we have a great mix of amazing authors:  Marie Lu; Paolo Bacigalupi; Jason Reynolds; Simmone Howell; Joelle Charbonneau; and Frank Portman!! This is going to be a riotous and funny game show that you can only see at TTBF! Game shows can run quite the gamut from The Hunger Games to Wheel of Fortune. This game show will not threaten anyone’s life nor make them spell (at least not too much). Think more along the lines of Hollywood Game Night. Authors will compete by putting their pop-culture, book, and other miscellaneous knowledge on the line. More here.

The panel Stakes Are High, Tensions Run Higher at the Texas Teen Book Fest is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Five great authors – Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Oliver, Jason Reynolds, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Becca Fitzpatrick – will be talking about their heart-racing, tension-filled, and packed-with-drama books. Don’t miss it! More info.

From Shelf to Screen. For the first time in Texas Teen Book Festival History, we have a panel dedicated to books that have made their way to the big and small screens – feature films or t.v.! We have four authors – Gayle Foreman, James Dashner, Kass Morgan, and moderator Ransom Riggs – on the panel and we are totally excited to get the inside details about their books, and the process leading to their big and small screen debuts!! Read more about this Hollywood-themed event.

Lauren Oliver will be our closing keynote speaker to wrap up all of the festivities of the Texas Teen Book Festival this year! Find our more about Lauren, her new book Panic, and more!

In case you have some questions about attending the TTBF, we’ve put together answers to some FAQs. Check them out! If you have a question and we haven’t answered it here, ask us in the comments.

Are you Excited Yet?? You Should be!!

Get the news first by following TTBF online:

Check out the full TTBF14 line up here.
Texas Teen Book Festival (formerly the Austin Teen Book Festival) happens on October 18, 2014 on the campus of St. Edward’s University. This event – and parking – is free and open to the public.

Reviews of the Week!

These authors will be at TTBF! Hear more about each book straight from the author! All of these books will be for sale in the festival store Saturday. Here’s a complete list of all the books for sale at the festival.


King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

“Tom Henderson, the same King Dork from Portman’s previous book, King Dork, tackles a new school after Hillmont High closes. I absolutely loved the first book and King Dork Approximately also made me laugh and plow through its pages.” Read the entire review.


Jackaby by William Ritter

“When I first started reading this book the only thing I could think was: not another Sherlock Holmes book. But I was mistaken. Jackaby is a mixture of Doctor Who and Sherlock, but better. This book was very exciting and it had a hint of fantasy creatures, just enough to turn the tables a bit. I loved it.” Read the entire review.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

“Adelina was abused by her father because she was a malfetto but not a Young Elite. The Daggers didn’t trust her and some thought she should be killed because her powers were too strong. These reactions hurt her, but instead of laying down, she gets angry. Intense emotion in women is often seen as a bad thing in our society (e.g. an angry woman is a “bitch”, a crying woman is weak and useless, etc.) but Adelina’s strong emotions give her strength. She learns how to better control her powers, though she’s still not perfect at it. As her character develops, her powers become stronger while her emotional wounds fester and she becomes intent on vengeance. I can’t wait to read if she continues following this path in the sequel. I went into this novel with high expectations, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Marie Lu continues to be an amazingly talented author, and I’m really excited to read the next book in this series!” Read the entire review.


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

“It is about Noah and Jude, two twins who are incredibly close. But after a traumatic event they change. Each twin only has half the story and they must find each other again to complete their story. Reading the novel you never completely understand what’s happening and that’s a good thing. It keeps the suspense up and makes you want to continue reading to find out what exactly is going on.” Read the entire review.

A Little Something Extra – TTBF!

Texas Teen Book Fest author Scott Westerfeld‘s new book Afterworlds is out, and if you haven’t already picked up and read this book, the book trailer should convince you to get a copy right now!


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