The 100 Is Like BSG For Dummies, But We Love It

Confession: We kind of loved The 100. Sure the characters' emotional depth is about as substantial as a selfie, the logic is all mish-mashed, and every 5 minutes the tension broke to blast Imagine Dragons. But the sheer adorableness, paired with the relentlessness of the plot, works. We don't know why, but we have some … » 3/20/14 5:48pm 3/20/14 5:48pm

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my…

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The Very Best Teen Heroes in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Some of our favorite heroes are teenagers. Unlike the adults, they aren't afraid to question authority — partly because they're too young to have been compromised by it. They can see problems and solutions in the world around them. And for these young adults, every journey is a quest. That's why teens are among the… » 3/11/13 11:24am 3/11/13 11:24am

Why the Wall Street Journal is Wrong about Young Adult Books

It feels like every blogger and YA writer online has already commented on the Wall Street Journal article that sparked a Twitter upheaval (#YAsaves). If you need a run-down of it, Bookshelves of Doom (in a post appropriately titled "Another Day, Another Ill-informed Article About YA") has a summary. My favorite part was … » 6/07/11 2:30pm 6/07/11 2:30pm