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Required Reading, Part Two: Must-Reads for Tots, Kids, and Teens

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For kids, August means it’s time to hurry up and finish all that mandatory summer reading. (Everybody did the reading, right?) While reminiscing over back-to-school memories, our specialists in books for young readers started talking about their old favorites, their new favorites, and what they’d assign on a must-read list if they could. Read the rest of this entry »

Aftercare Instructions: Bonnie Pipkin Discusses Her New YA Novel with Estelle Laure

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The ParnassusNext YA subscription box selection this month is Aftercare Instructions, the debut YA novel by Bonnie Pipkin. The story centers on a girl named Genesis, who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Planned Parenthood immediately following an abortion, and her ensuing journey of self-discovery. Fellow YA author Estelle Laure (This Raging Light, But Then I Came Back) interviewed Pipkin about the soul of the book and its subject matter — a topic that’s often hard for people to talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Reasons to Get Excited: New Releases, Autographs, and Events for YA-Lovers and Young Readers

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Looking for a book that’ll blow your mind (in a good way)? Check out the latest ParnassusNext pick, selected by our manager of books for young readers, Stephanie:  Read the rest of this entry »

Lovable New Books for Your Kids (And Beyoncé’s, Too)

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Our booksellers who specialize in young readers really specialize in young readers. Some are full-time here at the bookstore, out on the floor talking to kids and observing which books draw the eager eyes and hands of customers. Others are with us part-time and also have roles as librarians, teachers, and YA/middle-grade novelists. The point is: they know that of which they speak, and we’re lucky to have them on staff!
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A Town Washing Away, A Girl Growing Up: Siobhan Vivian’s Heart-Stopping Story

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This is what’s going on in Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World: It’s raining in the little riverside town of Aberdeen, and it won’t stop. That’s why the city is sinking and why the government insists the whole community must leave. But high school senior Keeley doesn’t want to go. As the evacuation deadline approaches and her town begins to disappear beneath the floodwaters, Keeley’s feelings about her friends, her longtime crush, and her family come into urgent focus and she must decide what to do.  Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Stars: 10 Favorite YA Novels

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It’s time to wrap up this Under the Stars series on great books for kids, so let’s highlight some awesome young adult titles for teens (as well as adults who love YA). We asked our manager of books for young readers, Stephanie Appell, to tell us about her favorites. This is what she said: Read the rest of this entry »

Why YA? David Arnold Explains How He Found His Voice and His Readers

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One of our favorite questions to ask an author is, why this and not that? Why short stories instead of novels? Why poetry, not prose? Why nonfiction? Why a blog? For readers (as well as fellow writers), it can be fun to trace an author’s path to the style and format that becomes their signature. Read the rest of this entry »