YA Fiction http://wamc.org en Emmy Laybourne - Monument 14: Savage Drift http://wamc.org/post/emmy-laybourne-monument-14-savage-drift <p>Three years ago, <a href="http://emmylaybourne.com/">Emmy Laybourne</a> debuted her heart pounding trilogy <em>Monument 14</em>, where 14 kids and teens sought refuge in a Big Box store as the world outside was being ripped apart by violent storms, and a release of chemicals that targeted their blood types – making some blood thirsty killers, while rendering others sterile, or severely paranoid.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Katie Britton 94621 at http://wamc.org Emmy Laybourne - Monument 14: Savage Drift Sally Green - Half Bad http://wamc.org/post/sally-green-half-bad <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There are few things in life that are completely black and white, and completely good and bad. In <a href="http://www.halfbadworld.com/us/">Sally Green’s</a> new novel, <em>Half Bad</em>, our main character Nathan is beginning to understand this first hand. His life is driven by people who don’t believe in grey areas, and want to make sure he’s designated either good or bad.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Katie Britton 88469 at http://wamc.org Sally Green - Half Bad Lauren Oliver - Panic http://wamc.org/post/lauren-oliver-panic <p><a href="http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/index.php">Lauren Oliver</a> is a powerhouse in the literary world. She brought readers to their knees with her debut novel <em>Before I Fall</em>, left us with heart pounding cliffhangers in her <em>Delirium</em> trilogy, and enchanted people of all ages with her novel <em>Liesl and Po</em>. Now Oliver has done it again with her newest book, <em>Panic -</em>&nbsp;and this time she’s gone back to her more realistic roots.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Katie Britton 88161 at http://wamc.org Lauren Oliver - Panic Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle http://wamc.org/post/andrew-smith-grasshopper-jungle <p><a href="http://www.authorandrewsmith.com/Author_Andrew_Smith/Home.html">Andrew Smith</a> has captivated readers with his YA novels <em>In the Path of Falling Objects</em>, <em>The Marbury Lens</em> and <em>Passenger -&nbsp;</em>and his newest book is no different. <em>Grasshopper Jungle</em> doesn’t hold back any punches; it’s brutally honest narrator clinically recounts the beginning of the end of the world, as he and his friends try to figure out their own feelings for each other, which part of their families’ pasts can be connected to the present, and what caused their little Iowan town to turn so horrifying, so quickly.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:48:24 +0000 Katie Britton 86182 at http://wamc.org Andrew Smith - Grasshopper Jungle Katie Cotugno - How to Love http://wamc.org/post/katie-cotugno-how-love <p>In<a href="http://katiecotugno.com/"> Katie Cotugno’s </a>novel <em>How to Love</em>, we’re told an unconventional love story, about what happens when the love of your life disappears , and how that love is transferred and transformed into a new kind for the daughter that you’re left with. Cotugno beautifully weaves between the past and present as we find out how a single teenage parent tries to claim back her life and voice.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:53:33 +0000 Katie Britton 84882 at http://wamc.org Katie Cotugno - How to Love Laurie Halse Anderson - The Impossible Knife Of Memory http://wamc.org/post/laurie-halse-anderson-impossible-knife-memory <p>High school is hard enough having already known your classmates since grade school, but when you’re thrown back in after years of being home schooled in an 18-wheeler, it’s just a little bit harder to kind your place amongst the freaks &amp; zombies – but for our main character Hayley, in <a href="http://madwomanintheforest.com/">Laurie Halse Anderson’s</a> new novel <em>The Impossible Knife of Memory</em>, it’s even more so. &nbsp;Hayley is under significantly more pressure and stress because her father is severely suffering from PTSD, and she’s struggling to keep both of their lives together.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anderson will be at <a href="http://www.oblongbooks.com/HVYAS/LaurieHalseAnderson">Oblong Books </a>Monday evening January </span>20<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at </span>6PM<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in </span>Rhinebeck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> NY. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Katie Britton 82000 at http://wamc.org Laurie Halse Anderson - The Impossible Knife Of Memory Ruta Sepetys - Out of the Easy http://wamc.org/post/ruta-sepetys-out-easy <p><a href="http://rutasepetys.com/">Ruta Sepetys</a> debut novel, <em>Between Shades of Gray, </em>took the literary world by storm winning dozens of awards and landing at the top of the ‘Best of’ lists, as she followed a 15 year old girl struggling to stay alive at a work camp in Siberia during World War II.&nbsp;</p><p>Now in her much anticipated second novel, <em>Out of the Easy</em>, Sepetys brings us to 1950’s New Orleans, and a young girl trying to break free from the web of secrets that tie her to the French Quarter.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Katie Britton 81068 at http://wamc.org Ruta Sepetys - Out of the Easy Holly Goldberg Sloan - Counting By 7s http://wamc.org/post/holly-goldberg-sloan-counting-7s <p><a href="http://hollygoldbergsloan.com/">Holly Goldberg Sloan</a> has taken the literary world by storm with her novel <em>Counting By 7s</em>. As the characters defy the labels they’ve been branded with, the reader embarks on a humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, journey of reflection and hope. We also learn, like with many things in life and our main character’s last name, it all comes down to Chance.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:35:49 +0000 Katie Britton 79616 at http://wamc.org Holly Goldberg Sloan - Counting By 7s Sarah Dessen - The Moon and More http://wamc.org/post/sarah-dessen-moon-and-more <p>In time when most authors are writing about the end of the world, zombies and vampires, <a href="http://sarahdessen.com/">Sarah Dessen</a> has remained true to her roots - and with wild success. For almost two decades, Dessen has delighted young adult readers with her stories of friendship, love, family and growing up. Her newest novel, <em>The Moon and More</em> is no exception. We’re brought back to Colby, North Carolina where we explore what constitutes as a family, and the fine balance between locals and vacationers.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:12:27 +0000 Katie Britton 79465 at http://wamc.org Sarah Dessen - The Moon and More Mary Pope Osborne - The Magic Tree House http://wamc.org/post/mary-pope-osborne-magic-tree-house <p>For over twenty years Mary Pope Osborne has entertained and educated her readers with brother-sister team Jack and Annie as they explore the world in the <em>Magic Tree House</em> series. Each book is a new adventure for everyone as they meet people like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, explore the moon, and experience the Great Depression firsthand.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:35:36 +0000 Katie Britton 74943 at http://wamc.org Mary Pope Osborne - The Magic Tree House