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Author: Sarah Wethern

Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go!

With the holidays coming up, that could mean lots of travel time for everyone. Whether it’s by car, plane, or train, there will be plenty of time to read a book this holiday season without having to make extra time for it! Have you tried an exciting audiobook lately? YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults lists are chock full of great recommendations for a perfect adventure over the holidays. Forget traveling to grandma’s house or being stuck listening to boring stories from your relatives. Pop in your earbuds and listen to a story to get away from all the holiday hubbub (and those annoying relatives!)

Some of my recent favorite audio listens include Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, read by Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown. You’ll leave planet Earth in this space adventure. When Waverly is kidnapped to another ship, her world is shattered forever by the revelations she discovers. This is not your grandma’s story-telling.

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31 Days of Authors: Interview with Simone Elkeles

Teen Read Week is officially October 16th through 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us.

Today, we bring you an interview with Simone Elkeles.

All your books are realistic fiction, which can be a difficult genre to write, particularly in YA where realistic fiction doesn’t seem to get the prestige and accolades it deserves. Have you thought about switching genres or do you still find it challenging to you as a writer?

I love writing realistic fiction. My fans tell me they’re excited to read about people who are “real” and that my books are ones they can personally relate to. I love reading realistic fiction myself. I’ve thought of a few paranormal stories to tell, and I’ve read a lot of amazing paranormal stories, but right now I’m sticking where I’m comfortable – on Earth with humans!

The Perfect Chemistry series seems to be a hit with girls AND GUYS! Any advice to writers about getting the appeal factor just right so that it finds a home with every reader?

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31 Days of Authors: A Conversation with Megan Miranda

Teen Read Week is officially October 16th through 22nd, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating all month long with 31 Days of Authors. On each day in October, we’ll bring you author interviews and profiles and reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us.

Megan Miranda is a debut author with her first book, Fracture, coming out in January 2012 from Walker/Bloosmbury. You can find out what Fracture is about at her website. In Fracture’s heart-stopping opening chapter, seventeen-year-old Delaney Maxwell falls through the ice of a Maine lake where she is trapped for an eternal eleven minutes. Against all odds, Delaney survives, but from then on she finds herself inexplicably and terrifyingly linked to the deaths in her small town. Add to this her struggle to come to grips with her complicated relationship with childhood best friend and rescuer Decker, and the sudden appearance of a mysterious boy named Troy, who appears to have the same connection to death as she does. But are Delaney and Troy death’s heralds, or are they its cause? Riveting from beginning to end, the novel raises thought-provoking questions about the fragility and value of life, and its overwhelming beauty even as it draws to its inescapable end.

A Conversation with Megan Miranda

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Royal Wedding Party Inspiration–YA Style

I love a great fairy tale and even more, I love a real life romance. So when Prince William (one of my childhood crushes) announced his engagement to commoner Kate Middleton, my romantic’s heart went all aflutter. I still watch clips of Princess Diana’s wedding and marvel at the decadence and grandeur. I am eagerly awaiting Wills and Kate’s nuptials, what she will be wearing, seeing the guests in their finery, etc. With less than ninety days until the wedding (you can see an exact countdown here), I am busy planning a royal wedding party for my friends and I thought what better place to look for some royal inspiration than the world of YA.

Some of my favorite young adult books are princess related. And yes, this is the wedding of a Prince, but as most women know, the wedding is all about the bride, in this case, a soon to be princess. What better books to inspire an early morning royal wedding than Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series. Mia Thermopolis is definitely a modern day Princess, much like Kate herself. I love the classic princess stories such as Shannon Hale’s The Princess Academy or The Goose Girl, both of which have a slight fantasy base. E.D. Baker has The Tales of the Frog Princess series which features a great prince. Megan Whalen Turner also inspires with her great books, particularly The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings which have a nice male bent for all the guys at the party.

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