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John Greens Ahoy! Look Who Has Been Cast in the Paper Towns Movie

By Janet ManleySeptember 17, 2014
HOLD ONTO YOUR SAUSAGES, WE HAVE A CAST ANNOUNCEMENT! Taylor Swift's intriguing permanent house guest who pays no rent, model Cara Delevigne, has been cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of John Green's other novel, Paper Towns, alongside our grinning little crush, TFIOS alum ... More  →
John Greens Ahoy! Look Who Has Been Cast in the <i>Paper Towns</i> Movie

Throw Down Whatever You're Reading and Immediately Pick Up I'll Give You the Sun Because It Is Everything

By Janet ManleySeptember 16, 2014
I SWORE I WOULD RETURN WHEN IT WAS TIME. IT IS TIME. Today, the novel half the book-nerds the world over can't wait to get their hands on arrives, and we are going to creepily stare at you as you read each chapter, mouth-breathing as you turn ... More  →
Throw Down Whatever You're Reading and Immediately Pick Up <i>I'll Give You the Sun</i> Because It Is Everything
You Will Be ELECTRIFIED by <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1</i> Trailer

You Will Be ELECTRIFIED by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

By Janet ManleySeptember 15, 2014
Sweep your arm hairs flat, Sparklers, because THEY ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE TEN THOUSAND VOLTS OF FREAKOUT. The Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is HEREEEEE, and it has Prim and fire and devastation and revolution hair and tears and music that goes right up your spine ... More  →

YA Author Alecia Whitaker Talks to Us About Wildflower, Country Music and the Music Competition You Need to Enter!

By Janet ManleySeptember 12, 2014
BE HONEST, are you a sucker for the slide guitar; gone on guys who sing in cowboy hats; in love with the idea of decamping for Nashville where you will start a new life as Blue, or Jeany-Ray, or Cupcakes Madison? THEN WE HAVE THE BOOK ... More  →
YA Author Alecia Whitaker Talks to Us About <i>Wildflower</i>, Country Music and the Music Competition You Need to Enter!

Best. Yearbook. Photo. Ever. #TheCatsInOurStars

By Janet ManleySeptember 12, 2014
Draven Rodriguez of Schenectady High School knows that man can only become immortal by transcending his earthly body, and that the best way to do this is to bring your cat into your LaserZone yearbook photo shoot, its furry face writ large in the stars ... More  →
Best. Yearbook. Photo. Ever. #TheCatsInOurStars

GET PRE-EXCITED: THE FINAL MOCKINGJAY PART 1 TEASER TRAILER IS HEREEEEE

By Janet ManleySeptember 11, 2014
Like a surprise hovercraft in a woodland setting, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 teaser trailer has sent us diving for cover while clutching our neck sweaters. IT IS MAJESTIC. The teaser gives us a glimpse of the Mockingjay herself, standing in her old house in the Victor's ... More  →
GET PRE-EXCITED: THE FINAL <I>MOCKINGJAY PART 1</I> TEASER TRAILER IS HEREEEEE

Open Thread for September 9!

By Janet ManleySeptember 9, 2014
Thanks to Anastasia for this piece of photographic trickery: I was testing shutter speed and aperture and got this picture. Submit your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pix on the site! ... More  →
Open Thread for September 9!

No, You're Not Being Brainwashed by YA Dystopian Fiction

By Janet ManleySeptember 3, 2014
I got a bit excited yesterday answering some of the ridiculous claims Serious Growns have made about YA fiction—generally that it is simplistic and immature, and designed to induce thrills and tears, and keep your brain in hypersleep. (Listen, Vampire Academy may have been very, very ... More  →
No, You're Not Being Brainwashed by YA Dystopian Fiction

YA Novels That Are a Barrel of Laughs AND Real AND Awesome

By Janet ManleySeptember 2, 2014
Are young-adult novels just silly, immature, dystopian tear-jerkers with no literary value? THAT'S WHAT THE OLDS ARE SAYING. Pfffffft. The reason the Growns are getting so frothy about the "value" of YA literature is because so many adults are reading YA literature right now—just look at the box ... More  →
YA Novels That Are a Barrel of Laughs AND Real AND Awesome

Patrick the Wombat Is 29, Not Fat but Big-Boned

By Janet ManleyAugust 29, 2014
Down in Ballarat, celebrations are underway for the 29th birthday of 40-kilo living legend Patrick the Wombat. On the menu: A scrumptious cake of grass and carrots. PATRICK, YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER 12. Evidently Patrick's very robust physique, which received numerous comments from Koshy, is ... More  →
Patrick the Wombat Is 29, Not Fat but Big-Boned
About the Author
Janet Manley

Janet's desk was moved into the hall for the duration of coursework on Roman numerals in grade four, and she cannot tell one Rocky from another to this day. Her spirit animal is a wombat, and she has not written a novel. Dauntless, Gryffindor, Mockingjay. She tweets @janetmanley

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