You've read all about Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, but have you checked out the awesome series Suzanne Collins wrote BEFORE The Hunger Games?
If you recall, last year we posted about the Battle of the Kids' Books, hosted for the past few years by School Library Journal. This is a bracket-style showdown between some of the best books for kids & teens, with each matchup "judged" by a well-known author. And it's that time of year again!
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.
This just in!
In a press release today from Random House Children's Books, it was announced that the final book of the wildly-popular Christopher Paolini "Inheritance" series will be released in November 2011! Wahoo!!
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.
It is a sad day for fans of Mossflower Woods!
Master storyteller and author Brian Jacques, prolific author of the anthropomorphic adventure series Redwall, died of a sudden heart attack on Saturday, February 5.
Read here for an obituary of this wonderful author.
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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.
Am I dreaming? BOTH these events in the same place on the same day?! YES WAY, TED! These two awesome events are both taking place at this year's Sonoma County Book Festival!
First: Meet the Authors at a special Teen Author Panel