YARN: The Young Adult Review Network
April 23rd, 2014
macteenbooks:

Mark you calendar for Laurie Halse Anderson’s #Speak4RAINN Twitter chat! 
Click here to donate to RAINN. 

macteenbooks:

Mark you calendar for Laurie Halse Anderson’s #Speak4RAINN Twitter chat! 

Click here to donate to RAINN. 

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gobookyourself:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I have to add to this list a book Stephen Chbosky has been raving about for some time and for good reasons

~ Lourdes 

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weheartya:

EVERY DAY by David Levithan

weheartya:

EVERY DAY by David Levithan

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The 2nd episode of askauthorsanything with readmeganmccafferty and guest lauriehalseanderson!

The young ladies from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austen, TX asked excellent questions!

*fangirls*

~ Lourdes 

NY Times Bestselling Author Megan McCafferty will be virtually sitting down with YA Author Laurie Halse Anderson to answer YOUR questions LIVE! Do you want to know what her writing process is like? What books influenced Laurie’s writing style? What’s her favorite 1990s sitcom (okay, we can’t promise she’ll answer that one)? Ask away! 

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. Her most recent novel is The Impossible Knife of Memory.

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2011 Free Speech Defender Award given by the National Coalition Against Censorship and presented to her by her hero, Judy Blume. She has also received the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association, the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and the St. Katharine Drexel Award from the Catholic Librarian Association. 

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson,.

Megan McCafferty has written professionally about adolescence for two decades. She is best known for Sloppy Firsts and four more novels in the New York Times-bestselling Jessica Darling series for teens. Jessica Darling’s IT List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection launches a new middle grade series of prequels. Her work—including the futuristic satires Bumped and Thumped—is published in twelve languages and has earned honors from ALA and NYPL. Megan is a Princeton University Community Fellow for Mathey College, a volunteer for HiTOPS adolescent health clinic and a karaoke superstar.

You arrive early, watch
them file into the room,
twenty-three boys, sunk
into manhood, weighted
by histories too heavy to lift
onto page or screen.

But that’s why you’re there,
and as they slouch into chairs,
shoulders tilting to accept the cross
of over-built arms, forty-six
eyes dare you to reach inside,
pry loose their stories.

Instinct whispers to look
away, don’t sound those hungry
depths, don’t witch the river
raging skin-deep, don’t quarry
the stone worried silent,
smooth of hope.

Still, something compels you
to meet those eyes and beg
them to draw you down
to the place where the fallen
seek redemption. You step lightly,
stumble upon communion.

Forty-Six Eyes ~ ellenhopkins

NEW!

We are wrapping up our National Poetry Month festivities with 4 NEW AND EXCLUSIVE poems from Ellen Hopkins. 

Read the rest here!

lrgiles:

Brainstorming #diversity solutions with @mayaprasadwrite Shout out to @diversityinya @ellenecho @meg_medina @mitaliperkins

YARN Alum lrgiles

I think that
if I
was ever a parent,
then I
would punish my children
severely
for using soft
versions
of curse words.

Parental Ideologies ~ Jacob Beardsley 

NEW!

To close National Poetry Month, we have 3 poems by high school freakin’ freshman Jacob Beardsley. The same week we publish Ellen Hopkins. That’s YARN in a nutshell. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

To own a certain book – one you had chosen yourself – was to define yourself.
Julian Barnes, My Life as a Bibliophile (via larmoyante)

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April 22nd, 2014
martinaboone:

I need this reminder of alternatives to “awesome” — anyone else need it too? via http://ift.tt/1hPUlHX

I am trying to bring back cool beans. I think it is a solid phrase. 
~ Lourdes

martinaboone:

I need this reminder of alternatives to “awesome” — anyone else need it too? via http://ift.tt/1hPUlHX

I am trying to bring back cool beans. I think it is a solid phrase. 

~ Lourdes

flavorpill:

Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent graphic novels out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! 

25 Essential Graphic Novels

There are some great YA graphic novels on this list. So, check them out. 

Which are some of your favorite graphic novels?

Mine is: 

~ Lourdes

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