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RIP, Diana Wynne Jones

Submitted by kdeweese on March 28, 2011 - 1:21pm

Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March!  We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.

Battle of the Books-- check it out!

Submitted by kdeweese on March 18, 2011 - 5:56pm

The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books. 

Children's books and teen books;  fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year. 

Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck. 

Figment

Submitted by canderson on December 14, 2010 - 5:51pm

Figment is a new social networking community geared towards teens with a focus on all things surrounding creative writing. Share your own writings, connect with other teen authors, find book reviews, read interviews of your favorite authors, participate in writing contests, and more. Check it out and sign up at www.figment.com.

YA Fiction Factory? Wow....

Submitted by kdeweese on November 16, 2010 - 12:06pm

I just read this article from New York Books about author James Frey (known for getting busted for falsely claiming his bestselling book was a true story).  It appears that he is recruiting struggling young writers to participate in a sweatshop-style writing project to try to churn out the next Twilight-style commercial success in teen literature.  I must admit that I am a little shocked.  I actually read the "I Am Number Four" book -- it was ok, not great, but clearly written with the goal of becoming a movie. 

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