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Consequences in First We Were IV

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by Alexandra Sirowy

FIRST WE WERE IV is my third book (!), and though I’m always giddy over a new release, screaming from the rooftops that it’s my favorite project yet), FWWIV is special to me. It’s my rebel heart. Rebellion, a secret society, best friends, revenge, invention, and love braid together in FWWIV’s plot and race to […]

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Behind the Book: Two Roads from Here

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by Teddy Steinkellner

The newly released, Two Roads from Here by Teddy Steinkellner follows five high school seniors, through two different roads, and one life-changing decision. Teddy stopped by today to discuss some hard decision he, like his characters, had to make in his life. Stop by next week because Two Roads from Here might be an upcoming featured […]

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Boy Stereotypes in Boy

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by Blake Nelson

In much of YA fiction there seems to be two kind of boy characters: 1) the sensitive, shy, cute (but doesn’t know it) dorky dude who mucks things up somehow and is then rescued in some way by a girl. Or 2) the more aggressive and douche-y type, who is either an uneducated bully, or […]

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What’s the Life of an Author Like?

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by Rachele Alpine

When I do school visits, one of the first questions I get asked is, “What is the life of an author like?” It’s a good question. History has often portrayed writers in the past as solitary people who are lost in their words and walk through life scrawling ideas down on scrap pieces of paper. […]

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Behind the Book: One Cut

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by Eve Porinchak

Micah Holland was just fifteen years old, and had not yet reached puberty, when life as he knew it changed forever. Curled up in a sleeping bag on the floor at his friend Brandon’s house, he was jarred awake at three in the morning by a group of police officers waving guns in his face. […]

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Behind the Title: First We Were IV

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by Alexandra Sirowy

The title for my upcoming book, First We Were IV, came to me almost as soon as the first impulse of “I want to write a book about four best friends who start a secret society to play vigilante-pranks, but it ratchets way out of control and twists into a weapon of revenge, costing all […]

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Blake Nelson on the Origins of Boy

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by Blake Nelson

I have a friend I was especially close to in college and in my early twenties. I was in a band when we first met, the only band on our college campus who dared to write their own songs and be part of the Punk/New Wave movement of that time. We were terrible of course, […]

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Behind the Book: Such a Good Girl

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by Amanda Morgan

“It’s almost like being good is the perfect alibi for being bad.” – Riley Stone, Such a Good Girl First of all, I want to say this: I am so incredibly lucky to be able to write a character like Riley. A smart, complicated character who is able to make complicated decisions and have a […]

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7 Rad Books Featuring Asian Protagonists

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by Cindy Pon

When my debut novel, Silver Phoenix, released back in 2009, it was the only Asian fantasy out there and one of the few YA books that featured an Asian protagonist. Oh, how times have changed! I’m delighted to say that nearly a decade later, there are many more YA novels with Asian protagonists to choose from, […]

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