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Teens’ Top Ten: An Interview with Veronica Roth

Teen Read Week was October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Veronica Roth, whose book Divergent is #1 on this year’s list.

Divergent is a book about bravery, self-determination, friendship, family, loyalty, and making choices. It is a book that positively captivated (not just) teen readers across the nation, myself included. When given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to ask Veronica Roth a few questions of my own. Here’s the interview:  

If some of the Disney Princesses were to join factions from Tris’s world, in which factions do you think they might land?

I think most of the older ones would be Amity or Abnegation (Cinderella, hello), but obviously Belle, with her passion for books, is Erudite; Jasmine is Candor; and if Mulan counts as a “Disney princess” (I mean, she’s not a princess, but she’s my favorite Disney heroine, so I’m going to talk about her anyway), she would be Divergent the same way Tris is: Dauntless, Erudite, Abnegation. I haven’t seen anything after Mulan, sadly. Go out on a high note, I say.

Any urban survival skills that you (or Tris) might recommend for readers going into an uncertain future?

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Teens’ Top Ten: An Interview with John Green

Teen Read Week was October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature John Green, whose book The Fault in Our Stars is #2 on this year’s list.

John Green is also the co-creator of the YouTube VlogBrothers channel and online Nerdfighter Ning group that he and his brother, Hank, deliver to “fight to create awesome and decrease suck.” Below is my interview with John Green:

What is in your fridge right now?

Quite a lot. We have a 2-year-old, so you’ll find cheese, cold cuts, juice, and milk. You’ll also find a lot of fruit and vegetables, although for that credit must go to my wife.

You made a lot of us cry with The Fault in Our Stars (TFiOS). What is the last book that you cried over?

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Teens’ Top Ten: An Interview with Ransom Riggs

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Ransom Riggs, whose book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is #4 on this year’s list.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs’ book of fascinating photos, Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued From The Past, is now available. I was curious if we can expect more deliciously creepy photographs in the next installment of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The bestselling book was recently named in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten for 2012. Here’s my interview with Ransom:

Do you have the entire series for Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children mapped, out or does the story change as you write?

Whenever I try to map things out they inevitably change. Which doesn’t mean I don’t map them out — I just try to embrace the better ideas that come along as my fingers are flying around the keyboard mid-draft! So yes and no.

Do you have a favorite photo from your book? Which one creeps you out the most and why?

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Teens’ Top Ten: an Interview with Sarah Dessen

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature an interview with Sarah Dessen, whose book What Happened to Goodbye is #5 on this year’s list.

Teens LOVE Sarah Dessen. She’s one of the authors that girls always ask me about at the library. I’m constantly handing out her books and recommending them. I adore her books — plus I was lucky enough to meet her and she’s awesome! It was a lot of fun to interview her for this post.

This year, teens have selected What Happened to Goodbye as a Teens’ Top Ten pick! Sarah’s not new to this list. Along for the Ride, The Truth About Forever, and Just Listen have all been selected as Teens’ Top Ten titles! For Sarah, being on the list is “enormously flattering. Of course, it’s lovely for the books to get any kind of notice, but when it’s something like this, voted on by the readers themselves, it means so much. Making this list is a special kind of honor.”

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Teens’ Top Ten: An Interview with Beth Revis

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature an interview with Beth Revis, whose book Across the Universe is #6 on this year’s list.

Congratulations! How did it feel to know your book was a Teens’ Top Ten selection?

I screamed out loud! This is one of the pie-in-the-sky awards that I’ve secretly longed for even before I was published. This is such a vote of confidence from the very people I wrote the book for, and that means everything to me.

While it clearly has its roots in science fiction, Across the Universe can just as easily be called a mystery or a love story. Did you intend to create such a genre-blending book, or did it evolve naturally?

It evolved naturally. When I started writing, I was frankly scared. I’d never written a sci fi before, and wasn’t sure I could do it properly. The roots of the story comes from the murder mystery and the twist at the end — and for those two things to work, I needed a science fiction setting. Once I started writing the world of Godspeed, everything else came naturally.

Across the Universe opens with a detailed scene that is quite chilling for both the characters and the reader. How much of that is based in current cryogenic science and how much was from your imagination?

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Teens’ Top Ten: Maggie Stiefvater

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Maggie Stiefvater, whose book The Scorpio Races is #8 on this year’s list.

The Scorpio Races (a 2012 Printz Honor book) was one of my favorite reads on this year’s Teens’ Top Ten nominee list. It combined the perfect mix of legend and lore, the right amount of tension and romance, and the most terrifying creatures a reader could ever fall in love with for a memorable and exciting read. Before reading though, my first experience with The Scorpio Races was the book trailer.

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Teens’ Top Ten: Meg Cabot

Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Meg Cabot, whose book Abandon is #10 on this year’s list.

A few years ago, I spent a sad Fourth of July weekend nursing a migraine and getting an introduction to young adult literature by reading The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I needed something light and fun to read and I decided, why not? I zipped through the first two books fairly quickly and soon found myself reading as many of Cabot’s books as I could. She was also my introduction to paranormal fiction with the Mediator series (which is still an all-time favorite) and probably had a hand in my decision to become a young adult librarian. Why wouldn’t I want to be around similar books all the time?

By the time Abandon was announced as a Teens’ Top Ten nominee, I had read almost all Cabot’s books for teens and adults and was just starting my mythology kick. I couldn’t wait to read it, especially after seeing her talk about why she wrote it:

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