Tag Archives: YA genre

Tips for Bringing your Setting to Life

 David Farland often teaches writing workshops, and has trained a number of people who went on to become international bestselling authors—people like Brandon Sanderson in fantasy, Brandon Mull in middle-grade fiction, and Stephenie Meyer in young adult fiction.  He’s also … Continue reading

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Fantasy and Reality

Tracy Hickman, a writer I greatly admire, wrote an interesting blog the other day about the new TV series Once Upon a Time. He gave a brief synopsis of the story that went like this: “It is about an Evil … Continue reading

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Back to Books!

Oh, summer’s over. Is it bad if I respond with a hallejuhah? As much as I love the summer season, it goes by in a blur. While many people have a chance to catch up on their to-read lists, it … Continue reading

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YA Corner: A thank you to writers

Let me start with a disclaimer–I haven’t read a lot of YA this summer, Mormon or otherwise. I’m sad about that, but it couldn’t be avoided. Summer’s kind of a crazy time for me, and I haven’t had much time … Continue reading

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YA Corner: Religion and YA Lit

One of my favorite reads in the two  years is a gem called Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork.  It’s about a teenage boy who exhibits autism-spectrum traits.  Marcelo’s father wants him to break out of the comfortable, … Continue reading

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Summer Reading

I’m sure for you, that phrase has lovely connotations of lazy days under a shady tree, escaping into a world of fascinating characters living exciting lives. For me at this phase of my life, it means hundreds of kids at … Continue reading

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YA Corner: Enduring to the End, book-style

I’ve been reading the Bronte sisters lately, rereading Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and tackling Villette, perhaps followed by the The Tenanant of Wildfell Hall.  That means not a lot of time for other reading, but luckily I generally find the … Continue reading

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YA Corner: Something to read during Spring Break

Ah, Spring Break.  I miss it.  I really do.  I no longer go to school, or teach, and therefore I get no scheduled week off.  Sad, I know, but reality for most of us.  Still, some of you (or more … Continue reading

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YA Corner: Because Wrong is Interesting

Recently, one of our librarians recounted a conversation he had overheard in the teen stacks.  A teenager and her mother were looking for books for the girl when they came across a popular vampire series.   The young woman pleaded with … Continue reading

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YA Corner: The new girl

When I was recently invited to become a contributor to this discussion, my first reaction was “why me?”  Sure, I’m a librarian working with children and teens, a former high school English teacher, a lover of books.  But here’s my … Continue reading

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