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Ellen Oh On “Crazy Rich Asians” and Representation

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Ellen Oh is one of the founders of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity of multiple forms in children’s literature and publishing. She recently took to twitter to voice her dreams of more support for Asian American children’s book authors and illustrators with the stardom Crazy Rich Asians has been enjoying, both on page and screen. Representation matters to impressionable children as Ellen Oh pointed out in one of her tweets, “I didn’t see myself in any positive way as a child growing up in the states. It wasn’t until Joy Luck Club, written by an Asian American woman, that I finally understood the importance and the desperate need for representation.”   Hopefully, passionate advocates for this kind of representation…

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Mary Pearson’s Picks: YA Thrilling Fantasy and Romance

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Mary E. Pearson returns to her Remnant Chronicles universe in Dance of Thieves—a young adult novel that follows a thief named Kazi who is sent on a mission by the queen of Venda to hunt down a war criminal. Along the way, Kazi comes face to face with Jase, the ruler of the Ballenger empire. To celebrate the release of Dance of Thieves, Pearson put together a list of book recommendations perfect for YA readers craving both thrilling fantasy and heartstopping romance.   Grave Mercy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Robin LaFevers Grave Mercy is the first book in a trilogy about assassin nuns! I really don’t need to say more, but I will because this trilogy is one of my favorites. Each book tells the story…

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Debut Authors Amy Brewer and Patty Carothers on Collaboration and Writing a Happy Ending

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Rarely nowadays do we find books in the Young Adult genre that aren’t filled with death, murder, bullying, depression, and more. While books with these themes do hold an important place in literature, the market, after the success of books like 13 Reasons Why, has become saturated – if not over-saturated – with similar narratives and themes. Which is why reading the debut novel of friends and writing collaborators Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer feels like something of a breath of fresh air. Their debut work, Texting Prince Charming, as hinted at in the title, reads like a fairy tale – with a twist. After a tragic car accident, Shelby Ryan lost more than just her entire family – she’s also left…

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Alison McGhee: What I Leave Behind Is a Love Letter to the Girl I Used to Be

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Alison McGhee’s young adult novel What I Leave Behind follows a teenage boy named Will as he attempts to make sense of tragedies in his life, the pain that his friends have experienced, and the struggles of others. The book is a deeply personal one for McGhee, and here she shares the story of how her own life and the girl she used to be helped to shape Will and his story. Will, the star of my new book What I Leave Behind, is deeply familiar to me, maybe because he reminds me of myself at his age. Will is lonely, even though he’s loved by everyone who knows him. He absorbs the sadness and struggles of those…

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Women’s History Month: 25 Upcoming YA Novels Packed with Girl Power

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It’s Women’s History Month and we are looking forward to all the events and books that celebrate the impact that women have on the world. In addition to bringing you the latest pop culture news and reviews where women are the focus, this month, we are also going to share with you some of the best BookTrib articles of the past that celebrate women and diversity.  Today, we feature this piece from January 10th, 2018 about upcoming YA novels packed full of girl power.  From Katniss to Clary, young adult novels have introduced us to some of the most kickass heroines in literature. This year is no exception, with tons of great female-driven YAs on the horizon by some of our favorite authors. Whether they’re fantasy, contemporary,…

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It’s #NationalPumpkinDay! Celebrate Your Favorite Fall Flavor

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Have you prepared your Jack-O-Lantern Halloween yet? We hope so, because today is #NationalPumpkinDay, a day to celebrate the pumpkins that line everyone’s yards and make up some of our favorite desserts! Did you know that every year, the US produces more than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins? Now that you’ve learned a new fun fact, we have some pumpkin-related suggestions for new reads, that will spook you and leave you in stitches: Pumpkins in Paradise, Kathi Daley You will be surprised by how a mystery novel and #NationalPumpkinDay fuse together so well in the first part of a 7-part TJ Jensen Mystery Series, but it’s bound to have you at the edge of your seat! TJ Jensen has a…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Picks for the Solar Eclipse

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In Episode 39 of Just the Right Book!, Roxanne Coady sits down with Luanne Rice to speak about many subjects, including her recent and second young adult novel, The Beautiful Lost. Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. You may be familiar with her first YA book, The Secret Language of Sisters. Many of her books are known to…

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I’ve Only Been Reading Young Adult Books and It Has Me Feeling Some Type of Way

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When you’re a young adult, or what most call a teenager, you can almost feel the sense of freedom flowing through your veins. You’re basically old enough to make your own decisions: what you eat, what you wear, who you talk to. And while there are typically some restrictions from parents, mainly you’re becoming your own person. It’s a fun and exciting journey, but then, oh wait, here it is… the feelings! Your hormones are still going crazy over boys, friends, what she’s wearing, what you’re wearing, what someone said, and what party to go to. As we all can recall, it’s basically madness. Enter, Young Adult books (or as we all like to call them, YA). I decided to revisit the…

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Debut YA Author Tiffany D. Jackson Changes the Narrative of the Child Nobody Wants

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Girls can’t be murderers. What can our society do with them? No girl can be sweet and soft with the blood of an innocent person on their hands. But Mary Addison challenged this norm at 9 years old when she was convicted of killing a baby. Allegedly (Katherine Tegan Books, January 24, 2017), a Young Adult novel by Tiffany D. Jackson opens up with this cryptic information, mentally preparing the reader for the rousing plot to come. Set primarily in a group home of argumentative teenage girls, we get to know a now sixteen-year-old Mary who has to deal with the perils of adolescence while wearing the covert label of murderer. As the story unravels, we realize like a number of childhoods…

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Holiday Haul-A-Day Giveaway! — Day 5 — “Young Adult/Teen”

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Win this bag of books chock-full of Young Adult stories from high school to other worlds and so much more (plus, the BookTrib tote)! ENTER TO WIN BELOW! Spindle by E.K. Johnston Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz The Amateurs by Sara Shepard A List of Cages by Robin Roe Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken *Plus, a BookTrib tote bag! Ed. Note: The majority of these books are appropriate for ages 14+. There are one or two appropriate for 12+, but it is up to the parents’/guardians’ discretion as to which book is appropriate for the reader.

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October’s Author Crush: Jamie McGuire Writes the Ultimate Bad Boy

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Every once in a while you stumble across one of those book heroes who just make you melt. They might be an alpha guy, a sensitive jock, or the hipster boy who likes to write poetry about sunsets. It doesn’t matter; they’re so sexy that you’re ready to crawl into the pages of the book to make out with this fictional character. For me, that weakness is all about bad boys with a secret heart of gold. And no bad boy is quite as hot, or as melt-worthy, as Travis Maddox. When I first read Jamie McGuire’s genre-defining new adult novel, Beautiful Disaster, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would this book live up to the hype? Was it really…

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10 Young Adult Novels We’re Reading on International Youth Day

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August 12 is International Youth Day, an event created in 1999 by the United Nations as a way for governments to focus on issues and programs that affect young people. We’re also celebrating Youth Day here at BookTrib by bringing you all the best youth-driven novels we’re obsessed with at the moment. Remember, just because it’s a book written for teens doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as an adult. Actually, you may even enjoy it more, safe in the knowledge that your high school days are long behind you. Regardless of age, embrace your youthful side today by diving into these 10 awesome YA novels: Tales of the Peculiar, Ransom Riggs (Dutton Books for Young Readers, September 3, 2016) Riggs is…

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4 YA Book-to-Movie Adaptations You Didn’t See (But Definitely Should)!

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As a huge YA reader, I’m the first one in line when one of my favorite books gets turned into a movie. It’s even more fun if the crowd is just as excited, waiting for days to get tickets, or even staying up all night for a midnight showing. But for every The Hunger Games, there are still those small or indie adaptations that don’t necessarily get the love they deserve. Which is a shame, as some of the more obscure films blow the big-budget blockbusters out of the water. So in the spirit of fairness, here are four YA book-to-movie adaptations that you’ve probably never heard of, but should go watch immediately: How I Live Now (2013) I first read How…

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Occupy Your Spring Break with These YA Reads!

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Empty out your backpack filled with algebra and chemistry books, because you won’t be needing them on your spring break! Not sure what will occupy your time, though, while visiting relatives in Florida? We’ve got a few suggestions! Load up that empty backup with these Young Adult books you won’t be able to put down. We promise you won’t be disappointed with these page-turners, so grab your sun tan lotion, put in your head phones and enjoy the warm breeze of the ocean air as you dive into these stories of young adults we definitely wish we could spend a few days with IRL. Glass Sword (Red Queen), Victoria Aveyard (Harper Teen, February 2016) Victoria Aveyard has not only done it again, but…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Sent Us Straight to Fantasy Land

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Fantasy/urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres are some of the hottest books available right now, especially in YA, and I’m going to be completely honest: I had a really hard time ranking these five amazing novels. From Gena Showalter to A.L. Davroe to Karen Marie Moning, I just couldn’t say a bad thing about any of them. That’s why you’ll find that the temp never dropped below 90° in this edition of Heat Index. Get ready to dive right in, because you’re going to want to immerse yourself in these worlds. Guile, Constance Cooper (Clarion Books, March 1, 2016) “Memorable, well-drawn characters…Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place…

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5 YA Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2016

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It’s always thrilling—and a little scary!—to see your favorite book adapted for the big screen. Will the filmmakers be able to capture the intricacies of the plot? Will the actors capture the true awesomeness of the characters? For me as a big lover of young adult novels, the pressure is even greater: lately it seems like almost every popular YA book is getting turned into a blockbuster movie. Whether they turn out to be great adaptations, or real missteps, here are five YA books-to-movies to watch out for in 2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Written by J.K. Rowling in 2001, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a user’s guide (or textbook) to magical beasts in…

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