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Thanks for the YA Suggestions, Time, But We Have Some Even Better Book Picks

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 22, 2015
Earlier this month, Time released a list of The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, which was a REAL RIOT if you are a forty-year-old teenager. It's not a bad list—we are DOWN with Narnia, and we have been since we were nine years old—but it misses ... More  →
Thanks for the YA Suggestions, <i>Time</i>, But We Have Some Even Better Book Picks

J.K. Rowling Sends Us Another Owl and We Call for Stories About These Four Harry Potter Characters

By Melissa AlbertAugust 19, 2014
Hear ye, hear ye! Over on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling has given us yet another tasty piece of Potter paraphernalia, shining a spotlight on singing witch Celestina Warbeck, a former Gryffindor with pipes so powerful they could drown out a banshee. (She also has the gift of “fancy ... More  →
J.K. Rowling Sends Us Another Owl and We Call for Stories About These Four <i>Harry Potter</i> Characters

10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell at Her Landline Reading

By Melissa AlbertJuly 10, 2014
Sometimes when you meet an author, they’re nothing like you think they’ll be, but Rainbow Rowell, author of YA masterpieces Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, is just as funny, smart, and full of stories and insights as you’d expect. To celebrate the release of her new book, Landline, she appeared last ... More  →
10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell at Her <i>Landline</i> Reading

An Interview With Maya Van Wagenen, 15-Year-Old Author of Popular

By Melissa AlbertJune 18, 2014
Q: What's braver than strapping on a meat-suit and strolling into a lion's den? A: Strapping on a string of pearls and a dorky church hat and walking straight up to the scariest popular-boy table in your school cafeteria. 15-year-old author Maya Van Wagenen did many brave ... More  →
An Interview With Maya Van Wagenen, 15-Year-Old Author of <i>Popular</i>

5 New YA Books You Should Be Reading This Month

By Melissa AlbertMay 13, 2014
It's finally spriiiing, which means instead of hiding out in our houses all day reading books like a bunch of dorks, we'll be sitting outside on benches all day, reading books like a bunch of picnicking badasses. May is an amazing month for YA books, full of ... More  →
5 New YA Books You Should Be Reading This Month

10 Lies That Kids' Books Told Us

By Melissa AlbertMay 5, 2014
1. You're probably the chosen one. Yeah, and your Hogwarts letter just got lost in the mail. 2. Around every corner is a crime just begging to be solved. I can't be the only kid who skulked around my house with a special iridescent spy notebook, taking notes ... More  →
10 Lies That Kids' Books Told Us

99 Book Nerd Problems

By Melissa AlbertApril 23, 2014
Cause we’ve got 99 problems, but having nothing to read ain’t one. 1. You’ll never get to read your favorite book again for the first time. 2. The weird look your friends give you when they find out your “awesome weekend” primarily took place between the pages ... More  →
99 Book Nerd Problems

The 11 Kinds of Texts You Get From Your Mom

By Melissa AlbertFebruary 19, 2014
Moms and texting go together like nachos and panda bears: nothing makes sense, things often go badly, but occasionally something hilarious happens. Or else the panda bear ignores the nachos, which we guess is a metaphor for moms who don't like to text. Even if ... More  →
The 11 Kinds of Texts You Get From Your Mom

Which Children's Lit Heroine Are You?

By Melissa AlbertFebruary 7, 2014
Still waiting on your letter from Hogwarts? Still thumping the back of every wardrobe, and staring really, extra hard at the second star on the right, just hoping Peter Pan might finally get his butt to earth and take you away? Yeah, us, too. But while ... More  →
Which Children's Lit Heroine Are You?

10 Ways to Respond When a Stranger Tells You to Smile

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 27, 2014
It's a scientific fact that young women who refuse to constantly smile in public are the number one cause of poverty, starvation, and uncomfortable feelings in the hearts of men, which explains why strangers like to yell, "Why don't you smile, sweetheart?" when you walk ... More  →
10 Ways to Respond When a Stranger Tells You to Smile