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31 Days of Authors: an interview with Pittacus Lore, author of I Am Number Four (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature an interview with Pittacus Lore, whose book I Am Number Four is #4 (of course!) on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

Can you tell us about your own life on Lorien before its destruction? Were you a writer then, as well?

I was the ruling Elder of the planet, its political and military leader. We led a very peaceful existence. Our planet was healthy and flourished environmentally. Our people lived simple, beautiful lives, absent of hunger and war. I never expected the Mogadorian War, and I never expected to be fighting that war on earth, and documenting it in a series of books.

Is it hard to write and work with a publisher when you’re constantly on the run from the Mogadorians?

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31 Days of Authors: an interview with Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Crescendo (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten Winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature PART TWO of a two-part post about Becca Fitzpatrick, whose book Crescendo is #3 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list. (Read part one)

Let me start by congratulating you on being nominated by teens for your place on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens’ Top Ten winners list for 2011! How does it feel to be picked with authors like Cassandra Clare, James Patterson, Ally Condy, and Andrea Cremer for this honor? Anything you would like to say specifically to fans of your series, particularly the teens that nominated you and helped you win your place in the Top Ten for the year?

Thank you! It’s such an honor to be included in the Teens’ Top Ten–there is no better list to be on. It’s a “teens’ choice” list where teens and teens alone nominate their favorite books. I’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Crescendo!

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31 Days of Authors: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Cassandra Clare, whose book Clockwork Angel is #1 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

Cassandra Clare created a compelling world in City of Bones by revealing a secret side of New York City full of vicious demons and heroic Shadowhunters, and has continued to draw us in with the rest of the Mortal Instruments series. Clockwork Angel takes us to Victorian London, where Shadowhunters of that era uphold the balance between humans and downworlders amid gaslights and steampunk automatons. In both time periods, action mingles with sarcastic humor and enticing romance, as the ensemble casts of the New York and London Shadowhunter Institutes, respectively, struggle towards victory in the battle between good and evil. Urban fantasy doesn’t get more addictive than this!

In Clockwork Angel, Tessa Gray travels to London to meet her brother, Nathaniel, but instead finds herself captured by a pair of dark sisters who force her to use a strange and terrible power she never knew she had. Shadowhunters, including dark Will Herrondale and ethereal Jem Carstairs, each of whom is gorgeous and fascinating in his own way, come to her aid and help her discover what has become of Nathaniel and what the future may hold for Tessa herself. Lush descriptions and steampunk elements make the historical and fantastical sides of Victorian London come alive.

Cassandra Clare is generous and accessible to her readers online, where she posts teasers to upcoming books, links to fan art, and answers to questions. Look for her on Twitter and Tumblr.

In addition to the books, both Shadowhunter series are getting exciting media attention. The Mortal Instruments is being adapted for the screen. The Infernal Devices will be adapted as a manga. The books of both series are available as audiobooks, with excellent readers such as Ed Westwick and Molly Quinn (City of Fallen Angels) and Jennifer Ehle (Clockwork Angel).

Here is Cassandra Clare’s official acceptance speech for being this year’s Teens’ Top Ten #1 :

She also answered some questions for this post:

ED: I asked my Book Club teens to help me come up with questions, but they all just squealed extensively about their love for you and your books. I admit that if I ran into you on the street, I might be just as speechless. How are you handling your fame?

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31 Days of Authors: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten Winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature PART ONE of a two-part post about Becca Fitzpatrick, whose book Crescendo is #3 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list. (Read part two)

Is it any surprise that Becca Fitzpatrick has neared the top of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten List this year? Her story about Angels and Nephilim, war in Heaven and on Earth–and, best of all, destined love–is compelling. And what drives her story to the top of fan charts are her genuine characters with undeniable chemistry.

Let’s take a look at her Hush, Hush series overall. What makes it so appealing to the masses?

  • Spunky female protagonist (Nora) who is just different enough from the pack to be cool, but not so cool that she is swimming in friends and social perfection. And she’s descended from Nephilim (progeny of angels and humans). INTERESTING.
  • A Mr. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous (Patch) that becomes infatuated with Nora for reasons not immediately known, but eventually point to “we are destined to be together.” Oh! And he just happens to be a fallen angel. NICE.
  • A spunky gal-pal that “keeps it real.” WHO DOESN’T NEED A SPUNKY GAL-PAL?
  • And many mysteries and villains to sort through. WITH PLENTY OF KISSES TO HEAL ANY WOUNDS :)
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31 Days of Authors: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Pittacus Lore, whose book I Am Number Four is #4 (of course!) on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

The Teens’ Top Ten is all about popularity, and I Am Number Four, the first book in the Lorien Legacies series, has certainly been in high demand at my library. The book tells the story of John Smith (not his real name!), an alien from the planet Lorien who’s on the run from the Mogadorians, a race of evil aliens who destroyed Lorien. John is accompanied and protected by his Cêpan, an adult from Lorien tasked with protecting John. There are eight other Lorien teens on earth, and the Mogadorians are required to hunt them in order. Numbers One, Two, and Three are dead–and John is Number Four. It’s no wonder that the book is popular: the story is high-action, the villains are ruthless, and who doesn’t wish they’d develop superpowers?

Adding to the book’s popularity is the movie based on it, which came out six months after the book was published. Starring Alex Pettyfer as Number Four, it stays true to the fast-paced, action-based nature of the book. What I thought was especially neat about the movie is that teachers and recent graduates from the school where the movie was filmed were used as extras–how cool would it be to be part of a movie being shot at your own school!

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31 Days of Authors: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Julie Kagawa, whose book The Iron King is #5 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series has already received numerous accolades, and it’s no wonder that the first book in the series, The Iron King, made it into the Top 5 of this year’s Teens’ Top Ten! We bring to you an exclusive interview with Julie on the honor of this award, her love of gaming, Hollywood, and more.

CM: Congratulations on The Iron King making it on YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten for 2011! What does placing in the Top 5 mean to you?

JK: For me, it’s awesome because this is an award that the teens themselves voted for. Not a panel of experts or book critics, but the audience I wanted to write for all along. To have them vote The Iron King into the Top 5 is an honor I can’t begin to express. Thank you!

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31 Days of Authors: Matched by Ally Condie (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten Winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Ally Condie, whose book Matched is #6 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

It was not one bit surprising to me when I saw Matched on the 2011 Teens Top Ten list. I’m a big fan of dystopian fiction, especially for teens, and when I started reading Matched I didn’t put it down until I read the final page. The compelling characters and thoughtful details of the future world instantly drew me into the book, but the sinister “it’s all for you own good” Society provided the perfect amount of tension that kept me flipping the pages well beyond bed time.  Ally was gracious enough to answer some questions for us in today’s post–enjoy!

Congratulations on being one of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten choices for 2011! What went through your mind when you found out Matched was a favorite book of teens across the country?

Honestly, I can think of no greater honor. I am a former high school teacher and coach and so this means the world to me. When I found out I thought, “Really? Can this be true?” and I have to admit that I teared up a bit. But then I started grinning. And I haven’t stopped since. I am so very grateful to the teens who read and voted for Matched!

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31 Days of Authors: Angel by James Patterson (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature James Patterson, whose book Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel is #7 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

James Patterson has written a lot of books. I mean, a lot of books. But crazily enough, until the Maximum Ride series, I hadn’t read any of them. What I discovered in the stories of Max, Fang, Angel, and the rest of the Flock was lots of action, crazy plot twists and surprises, and great stories told in a riveting way.

I was absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Mr. Patterson over the phone about his writing, Angel specifically, encouraging reading, and what we can expect with the next (and final!) installation in the Maximum Ride series.

A demanding schedule

In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr. Patterson said that he writes for six to eight hours a day, seven days a week. I was really impressed that he was able to keep up with such a demanding schedule, but he says he loves it. “Some people say you’re lucky if you find something you like to do in life, and it’s a miracle if somebody will pay you to do that–and that’s what I have. And I really don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do: I don’t have to write things that I don’t want to write, and that’s very liberating.”

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31 Days of Authors: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (a 2011 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Teen Read Week was October 16th through the 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 exclusive author interviews and profiles plus reflections on what YALSA-recognized books have meant to us. Today we feature Lauren Oliver, whose book Before I Fall is #9 on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list.

For today’s post, I was lucky to interview Lauren Oliver. Her debut novel, Before I Fall, is number nine on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten list. It’s a gripping story of a girl who is relieving the last day of her life over and over. Oliver’s second novel, Delirium, is the first of a dystopian trilogy set in a world where love itself been outlawed. She also just released her first middle grade novel, Liesl & Po.

In some ways, the premise behind Before I Fall–living one day over and over–has been done before, yet by ending the day (at least the first one) with Sam’s death, you totally raise the stakes. Can you talk a little bit about your inspiration for the book?

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