Young adult author Heather Demetrios is no stranger to YA readers or social media, and her newest idea combines the two. Launched this week, The Lexie Project follows Lexie Baker -- a character from her book Something Real -- as she travels to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Christine Stock is a writer, book reviewer, and teacher who introduces teens to high-quality, newly released Young Adult literature. Her recommendations are identified by topics of interest, and all reviews can be connected to the high school curriculum. Christine is an Ontario Certified Teacher who holds a Master’s Degree in English. She has taught English and Creative Writing for nearly 10 years in both public and private schools. Christine lives in Toronto with her husband and tween daughter.
Maybe it's the shape-shifting cake in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or the weird knight, or that damn cat. I just can't say. But here's what I do know: I've read numerous fantasy books that, in my humble opinion, are far more enjoyable than slogging through innocent Alice's "amazing" adventures.
04/15/2015 12:58 EDT
As a blogger of Young Adult literature and a professional book reviewer, I read a lot. There are tons of great books out there if you are looking to purchase your teen a gift of the literary sort (and of reasonable cost). The following are my top picks for 2014, based on quality and overall likeability.
12/19/2014 01:55 EST
So what's so great about Young Adult Literature? Books like The Fault in Our Stars and The Hunger Games and Harry Potter have proven that teens will read for pleasure when paired with the right book. Yes, parents: they'll read it and they'll like it. Teens need to feel a connection to a book; it needs to engage or provoke them in some way.
12/14/2014 11:05 EST
I'm embarrassed about the way I spoke to my mother when I was a teenager; I'm embarrassed that I harbour negative thoughts toward people who have wronged me; I'm embarrassed that I obsess about my body image while telling my daughter and nieces to love and cherish their own bodies. What I'm not embarrassed about is the fact that I appreciate and enjoy YA literature.
06/11/2014 08:52 EDT
I continue to be struck by the phrase "Reality Television." I mean, give me a break. In the day and age of Photoshop, voice-overs, and numerous editing tools, who can seriously believe that anything on TV is real?
02/08/2014 11:46 EST
Ask any high school teacher you know: there are certain questions from parents that come up time and time again during parent-teacher interviews. The most common ones are usually marks related, but English teachers will tell you that parents also want to know how they can foster the joy of reading in teens who claim to "hate" books and wouldn't read one if their lives depended on it.
12/20/2013 12:11 EST
Alex London had it right: money and privilege is an excellent excuse when called to defend deplorable actions. Consider Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who received 10 years of probation for killing four...
12/13/2013 11:44 EST
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