David Levithan’s new novel, Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love. Levithan also takes it several steps further by having the lost generation of AIDS victims tell the story as they see it unfolding.
In Sara Farizan’s debut novel, If You Could Be Mine, she articulately weaves a tale of secret love, self-actualization, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow. Set in current day Iran, Farizan writes about being gay in a society that punishes homosexuality and tries to fix them by offering transgender surgery, while also capturing the multitude of emotions that love infects in everyone.
In Michael Hassan’s debut novel Crash & Burn, we’re told a story that people are all too familiar with in today’s headlines - a school shooting. In the weeks and months after his school was taken hostage at gunpoint by his ex-best friend Burn, Crash re-hashes his role in saving the school and the events that led the two childhood friends take two very different paths. This page-turning fictional story has the grit of real teenage life, and stresses out the reader in ways that makes you crave more.
Jeff Probst has become a household name. As the host of the reality TV show Survivor, Probst has brought viewers to remote locations for 26 seasons, as marooned strangers duke it out to be the sole survivor and win the million dollar prize. But that’s not all Probst does; he wrapped-up his daytime talk show in February, has directed two feature films, and now he’s co-writing a tween series, Stranded, of which the second book, Trial by Fire is out now.
In Scott Speer’s enthrallingImmortal City trilogy, the world has changed. Angels have ‘come out’ and it’s their turn to have a piece of the American dream. No longer are the Hollywood Hills & Walk of Fame filled with movie stars, instead they’re names of the greatest Angels, and the best shows are the real life saves that a streamed real time. Angels are the rock stars of the world, and no one can forget that it’s pay to save. Now the second novel in the series is out, Natural Born Angel, and Maddy and Jacks are at a cross roads, as the roles are reversed, futures are in question, and the big and bad, just got bigger and badder.
Last spring, Nova Ren Suma enraptured readers with her debut novel Imaginary Girls. Now she’s done it again with her haunting and unforgettable new book 17 & Gone. Set in the Hudson Valley village of Rhinecliff, the novel follows Lauren who experiencing visions of missing girls. It’s not a ghost story though, but a tale of finding what is lost and feeling a connection to someone you’ve never met.
Nova Ren Suma will be at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck NY with 3 other YA authors this Sunday, April 28th at 4PM.
We’ve all heard of the story, if not read, H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. As narrator Edward Prendick accounted the happenings of the Island, we got a creepy glimpse into vivisection. Author Meghan Shepherd has now taken the tale one step further, and her novel The Madman’s Daughter tells the story from the newly created daughter of Dr. Moreau, Juliet.
Stefan Bachmann has been named one of the Huffington Post’s 18 Under 18: List Of The Most Amazing Young People Of The Year in 2012, which included Malala Yousafzai, and Gabby Douglas. And it’s with good reason; he’s accomplished an incredible amount in his 19 years. Not only did he have his first book, The Peculiar published, but he also wrote a symphony to accompany it, and attends the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland. WAMC's Katie Britton spoke with Bachmann about the novel, and his accomplishments.
Readers were enthralled with Gayle Forman’s If I Stay books, and now she’s captivated them again as they fall in love with her characters in Just One Day. It’s the first of a duo, and in it we’re brought into a world of Shakespeare, borrowed identities, and the crushing and exhilarating experience of first love found and lost.
You can meet Gayle Forman Sunday, Feb. 3rd at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck NY.
As a teenager author Susane Colasanti was bullied by her peers and didn’t have anyone to turn to for help.
Since then she has decided to use her experiences as a base for her novel Keep Holding On, where we learn that it does get better, it’s ok to let your freak flag fly, and help is available if you mutter the courage to ask for help.