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How to Write the Great American Novel

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 27, 2014
The most important rule in writing is, “write something that you’d want to read.” The second most important rule of writing is, “throw your phone into an erupting volcano and WRITE.” Every great writer from James Joyce to E.L. James followed these simple storytelling commandments before they... More  →
How to Write the Great American Novel

15 Ways to React When Someone Spoils the Ending for You

By ElodieJanuary 24, 2014
I'm here to tell you that evil exists, and it starts with the words, "Hey, did you get to the part where [character] dies yet?" Spoilers are just about the worst thing ever, and the tragedy is twofold: 1) the fact that they’re everywhere at... More  →
15 Ways to React When Someone Spoils the Ending for You

5 Entry-Level Anime Newbies Will Love

By AddisonJanuary 24, 2014
OK, I'm gonna come right out and say it: I go fangirl-crazy for anime. For those who don't know, anime are not cartoons. DO NOT make that mistake. They're just a different kind of animation originating from Japan with insanely hot guys and girls having... More  →
5 Entry-Level Anime Newbies Will Love

What's on The Doctor's Bookshelf?

By Nicole HIllJanuary 23, 2014
Hark, the Weeping Angels sing, we’ve got a new Doctor in the TARDIS! On top of that, the story collection celebrating Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories, was released on Tuesday. It’s a time of hope, promise, and renewal... More  →
What's on The Doctor's Bookshelf?

BREAKING NEWS: Science Says Reading Makes You More Social!

By ElodieJanuary 17, 2014
Good news, Sparklers: science says that all those hours you spent in your room as a kid hunched over books and deliberately not playing outside actually made you more socially competent, not less. Turns out that your parents' dire warnings that you would die alone... More  →
BREAKING NEWS: Science Says Reading Makes You More Social!

8 Awesome LGBTQ Characters in Young Adult Lit

By Dahlia AdlerJanuary 15, 2014
Young adult fiction is constantly evolving—but when it comes to diversity, sometimes it feels like it's moving at a glacial pace. Authors like David Levithan (Boy Meets BoyTwo Boys Kissing) and Malinda Lo (AshHuntress), always reliable sources... More  →
8 Awesome LGBTQ Characters in Young Adult Lit

Who's Your Literary Boyfriend?

By Melissa AlbertJanuary 14, 2014
The thing about fictional guys is they never let you down. Mr. Bingley will always succumb to his better nature and propose to Jane. Snape will always love Lily, no matter how much it breaks his heart. And Ned Nickerson will just keep getting knocked unconscious in... More  →
Who's Your Literary Boyfriend?

New Year, New YA Books to Get Excited About!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJanuary 13, 2014
2014 is going to be a great year for YA books, Sparklers. Click through to see some of our favorite books coming out in the few months! More  →
New Year, New YA Books to Get Excited About!

What Would You Ask Laurie Halse Anderson?

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 27, 2013
Sparklers! Stop what you're doing, put on your Thinking Pants, and please give a ponder to this very important question: If you could ask Laurie Halse Anderson anything, what would it be? And before you go saying something ridiculous, like, "What is the circumference of your... More  →
What Would You Ask Laurie Halse Anderson?