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From the Fringe of Islam: An Interview with Michael Muhammad Knight

Famous amongst orphaned Muslims -- teens and adults trying to find a place in a religion known for stringency -- Knight’s first book, The Taqwacores straddles the line between manifesto and coming of age novel.

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Diana Peterfreund Talks with PopMatters About Bitch Media's Top 100 Feminist YA List Debacle

" [Elizabeth] Scott's book is an intense read, but it reflects the horrifying reality that abducted women face... I remember thinking when I first saw [these titles on the list] that they must have been included because the issues they dealt with were important women's issues and thus of particular interest to the feminist reader."

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Scott Westerfeld Talks with PopMatters About Bitch Media's Top 100 Feminist YA List Debacle

Is a book removed from a list comparable to a book removed from a library shelf? This and other concerns are raised in this discussion about Bitch Media's removal of three YA novels from its published 'Best of' list.

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Where Are Barnes & Noble's Nooks for Nook Readers?

Marketing e-readers is about marketing the way we read, about marketing an experience. And that’s where Barnes & Noble could win.

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Mixed: Two Books on Multiracial Kids, Two Different Takes

A review of Kip Fulbeck's latest photo book, Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids, and Spork, a picture book about being biracial with a discouraging message.

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Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak', an Excerpt

If you haven't had time to read Speak, here's your chance. Read the first chapter now.

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Dystopias: YA Fad, or Here to Stay?

Dystopias are the hot, newish trend in the teen world; they've become so popular they're bumping vampires down a few notches in the bestseller lists. But are they just a passing fad?

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Speak Loudly: A Conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson on Topics Subject to Book Banning

Author Laurie Halse Anderson talks about Speak, Wesley Scroggins and Banned Books Week, and the importance of talking about sexual assault with our kids.

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Casting Katniss: Is Hollywood Whitewashing 'The Hunger Games'?

Rumors about casting Katniss, the olive-skinned, grey-eyed heroine of the YA sensation The Hunger Games have been flying around the interwebs and one name, Chloe Moretz, keeps popping up. There’s just one problem: Moretz is fair, blonde, and has green eyes.

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Missouri Might Ban Another Book?

Celebrate Banned Books Week by speaking out: tell Wesley Scroggins that Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' is not pornography.

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A Woman of No Importance?

Historically, so-called women’s fiction is a bit of a mess. The Bronte sisters, studied in literature and MFA programs the world over, were forced to publish under male pseudonyms, while authors such as Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, who enjoyed some success in their respective periods, were still condescended to.

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Frightening Fairy Tales v. The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Are fairy tales too frightening for our kids? Do they need sanitizing? Or should we just skip them altogether?

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Will Ads in Books Destroy the Industry or Save It?

With publishing numbers taking a nosedive, the industry is scrambling to find a way back to profitability. Could ads in books be the answer?

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Absentee Parents in YA: Yes-Yes or No-No?

TV parents are popping up everywhere, but in young adult books, parents are a near-extinct breed.

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Where Do Trends Come From?

Trends might seem to appear out of nowhere, but with a little know-how, it's easy to see where they come from. And where they're going? Um...

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Getting Inside the Book Review: How They Work & Why We Read Them

We've all done it -- bought a book based on a good review, passed over another because of a bad review. But why do reviews affect us? And how do they do it?

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