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Here Is Your New Hunger Games Cast Member

By EmmaJuly 9, 2012
Big news, Hunger Gamers: bearded thespian Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee in the next installment of the trilogy! He seems like the perfect guy to portray a crafty Head Gamemaker. How do we know? Emily told us. That's right, your very own... More  →
Here Is Your New Hunger Games Cast Member

Announcing the Short Fiction Contest

By EmmaJuly 9, 2012
And by "short," we mean "SHORT short." Here's how this will work: Stories must be exactly 100 words—no more, no fewer. (Think the word limit will impede your genius? Remember Ernest Hemingway's six-word masterpiece: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn.") We'll accept submissions from More  →
Announcing the Short Fiction Contest

Dear Albert: Thrift Store

By Emily WinterJuly 7, 2012
The man behind the counter has a lot of tattoos. And now he is picking his nose. Me and Anna are standing behind a rack of big saggy dresses that look like they’re from the ‘60s—Anna calls them “muumuus”—laughing silently at this beast of a guy. He looks... More  →
Dear Albert: Thrift Store

How to Cope When Your Mom Brings Up 50 Shades of Grey

By Rachel KorowitzJuly 5, 2012
Thanks to 50 Shades of Grey, the ladypr0n trilogy that started out as Twilight fanfic, you've now got a 87.6% chance of needing brain bleach after talking with your mom. (Relatedly, you've got a 93% chance of hearing the phrases "sexual... More  →
How to Cope When Your Mom Brings Up 50 Shades of Grey

Auntie SparkNotes Wrote a Book! And It's Out Today!

By EmmaJuly 5, 2012
Auntie SparkNotes, aka Kat Rosenfield, wrote a novel! We've read it, and IT RULES. (But don't take our word for it—check out Publisher's Weekly rave.) To celebrate this momentous occasion, we interviewed Auntie, via g-chat, about her book, her agent, and... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes Wrote a Book! And It's Out Today!

LOOK: This is The Cover of J.K. Rowling's Next Book

By Brandon SpecktorJuly 5, 2012
Yep, here it is! All red and yellow and minimalistic. Let's spend a minute together, taking it in. ... Okay, enough of that. Let's gab. Previous press releases and interviews have already revealed a few things about JKR's upcoming novel, The Casual... More  →
LOOK: This is The Cover of J.K. Rowling's Next Book

For the Love of Short Stories

By ContributorJuly 3, 2012
Most of us read novelsafter all, chapter books were the first sign of maturity when you were seven. What?! You can read big books already? You’re so smart! And novels are fun. You spend night after... More  →
For the Love of Short Stories

The Best Summer Reading List EVER

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJuly 2, 2012
Sparklers, I'm here to share with you my summer reading list. Which is the best summer reading list ever. Why? Because I said so. But als0 because after years and years of summer reading lists, I think I've honed it down to a fine-tuned science... More  →
The Best Summer Reading List EVER

Book Review: Tiger's Curse

By ContributorJune 29, 2012
Book: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck Synopsis: Kelsey’s temporary job at a circus turns into a summer she’ll never forget when she gets hired to escort the circus’s tiger to a preserve in India. The white tiger she’s become so attached to, Dhiren, has a secret: he’s... More  →
Book Review: Tiger's Curse

What We Learned From The Alice Books

By Molly HoranJune 28, 2012
The first book chronicling the sometimes agonizing life of Alice McKinley came out in 1985. She was in the 6th grade, she was in a new town, and, as we read The Agony of Alice, we met a character who unapologetically admitted  exactly... More  →
What We Learned From The Alice Books