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Jun 10, 2010 08:10PM

1112 Oh, man! Jason- you need to get in print ASAP. I have kids in my reading class who crave stuff like this, but need print books. Come back and post often so that when it does come in print I can be one of the first to snatch it up.
Jun 09, 2010 08:47AM

1112 I know a lot of the boys I teach really liked The Blind Side...pretty inspirational and true story.
May 03, 2010 07:56AM

1112 You should definitely read The Graveyard Book by Gaiman! I also would second Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore.
May 02, 2010 08:46AM

1112 Brittany wrote: "Jess, I think the "confused" thing is probably my biggest complaint about that book. I don't mind not knowing what is going on for a while, but I honestly felt zero resolution after reading it. I..."

Totally see what you are saying. I liked the whole not knowing the character's past, but it made them difficult to connect to. It is a book that I wish that I hadn't read until the sequel/series were done so I could read them all at once...that happens to me a lot for some reason.
May 01, 2010 07:14PM

1112 Louise wrote: "I kinda agree, but dont think it was a total let down. Everyone kept saying that breaking dawn was the best book in the series, and i tought it was abit boring compared to the rest of the series. A..."


Finally- someone says it! Weird name=weird character!
May 01, 2010 07:03PM

1112 Becca wrote: "Robyn - Stephanie Meyer is in Utah too, not that I would want to meet her, but I know A LOT of people that would. Also Brandon Mull, the author of the Fablehaven series lives in my neighborhood and..."

I am jealous that you live so close to Mull-I love his writing! I would second many of the names, but specifically:
Suzanne Collins
Maggie Stiefvater
Kristin Cashore
Cassandra Clare
James Dashner
Frank Beddor

Stiefvater comments and interacts with readers often on her blog and Clare and Dashner are so much fun to talk to on Twitter.

My husband met Frank Beddor at C2E2 in Chicago, and said he was fantastically awesome. I became friends with him on FB through that meeting, and have been trying to set up something for him to come to my school. Check out his website-it is fantastic, and has great video of him speaking at a school.
May 01, 2010 06:56PM

1112 Heidi wrote: "Ohhhh I wish I could attend. The Midwest always gets robbed! Anyhoo if we are talking "dream" authors, here is my list:

Markus Zusak
Kristin Cashore
[author:Suzan..."


AGREED on the Midwest getting robbed!
May 01, 2010 06:52PM

1112 Brittany wrote: "Also Bluemoon, let me know what you think of The Maze Runner. I wasn't a huge fan. Only 3 stars for me, but I will read the sequel, I'm just not impatient for it's arrival."

I liked the Maze Runner a lot-was surprised by a lot of it. I was confused at parts, not always a "good confused" either, more frustrated. My 6th grade boys are devouring it, though, and really seem to get it!
May 01, 2010 06:51PM

1112 Stephen wrote: "Have faith that Collins will do well with adapting Hunger Games to the big screen. I think it's a perfect fit for Hollywood.

Personally, I just wonder how they're going to show 12-18 year old k..."


I was wondering that too; I think that they will go for the cut-away, at least that is what I hope instead of changing the ages.
May 01, 2010 06:48PM

1112 AH wrote: "Jess - I attended an author signing in November and Scott Westerfeld said that the Uglies were signed to become a TV series by Fox, but that Fox stepped away because they didn't see that a series a..."

That is weird-it was brought up during a Twitter discussion he was a part of, and referenced as a movie. I am sure I misunderstood...as for FOX, too bad for them they didn't take time to do their jobs! Their loss...
Apr 23, 2010 11:13AM

1112 Percy Jackson and Eragon were huge busts for me! Some kids won't pick up the books because they have seen the movie, and I keep saying--no, the book is so much better! Luckily, some of their peers are on my side, also!

Peter Jackson is definitely an outlier here. I read LOTR for the first time right before the first movie came out, and I was amazed at how well he did! JK Rowling did okay with HP, at least she was involved, so we knew it was somehow based on her vision.

I am really worried about Uglies, Scott Westerfeld has said he has sold the rights and going to be pretty hands off about it. I don't know what I'll do if HG sucks!
Apr 23, 2010 10:04AM

1112 It is tough as a teacher of a reading workshop right now. So many excellent books (HG, Uglies, etc.) are being made into movies, all the kids just decide not to read them first! Then they loose the opportunity to picture it in their mind, as they want to see it. Ugh! Sorry I am ranting, but I wish that movie-makers came up with original ideas on their own...
Apr 20, 2010 12:35PM

1112 Becca wrote: "Another idea is to get well-known adult genre writers to endorse YA books that are similar to what they write. When I have a hard time finding a book that really interests me, I go to my favorite a..."

Also-suggesting authors that adults like that have crossed over into the lucrative YA market-Rick Yancey, Rick Riordan, James Patterson, etc.-use their books to your advantage!
Apr 15, 2010 08:11PM

1112 I liked City of Bones trilogy- not as much as others, but I enjoyed it, so give it a try Tara!

Fade-the sequel to Wake-was a disappointment to me. I kept thinking that it couldn't get anymore weird...odd thing about that series is that teenage boys love it!
Math Fiction (19 new)
Apr 12, 2010 08:32PM

1112 The Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld has a member of the Midnighters group that has super-awesome math powers...would that work?
Apr 12, 2010 08:23PM

1112 Peep wrote: "Roshini wrote: "Let me guess, team Gale too?:-) I'm assuming we're outnumbered?"

Yes Team Gale! And no, we're not outnumbered. Team Peeta only have the advantage of being a bunch of loud mouths.

..."


Team Peeta people are just eloquent like he is:)
Apr 12, 2010 08:22PM

1112 Kellee wrote: "ℐess ✪ wrote: "I am brand new- but am excited about a group with this topic since I am a middle school teacher and love to read YA. The last book I gave a 5 to was Fablehaven-Keys to the Demon Pris..."

I teach 6th grade reading.
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Apr 11, 2010 05:56PM

1112 My most memorable English class will always be the one when I spent months arguing the merit of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn with my teacher. I tell my students if they really dislike a book that is a good thing- it means they actually care about what they are reading. I can only hope then they will find one they care about with the same passion:) I already love this group and check it everyday for the fantastic discussions!
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Apr 10, 2010 06:43PM

1112 Now everyone- just because Twilight is treated the same as He-Who-Can-Not-Be Named from the Harry Potter series, some of us still enjoyed it:) (Well, except that piece of you know what Breaking Dawn...)
Apr 09, 2010 06:06PM

1112 Mariah wrote: "OK i love The Hunger Games despite the fact that im not very far. But i need an opinion. If books like Go Ask Alice, The Chocolate War, the Three Musketeers, Winnie the Pooh, and Charrlotte's Web a..."
It seems to me that any book will give you something in return, it is just what you are willing to take from it. I think that that Hunger Games is great way to open ideas towards the future we make for ourselves, and Charlotte's Web is an interesting opportunity to discuss how we treat things that some consider "less important". Not sure what to tell you about Winnie the Pooh- except the new version on TV bugs the crap out of me. The girl is really annoying, what happened to Christopher Robbin?
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