Accidental Outdated Slang in YA

When it comes to writing for teenagers, the general rule regarding language is this: Don’t use slang in your YA novel. I abide by this rule, yet it’s come to my attention that I may be using slang accidentally! WTF? Let’s back up for a second and state why putting slang in your YA novel …
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What We’re Reading: SHADOWSHAPER

SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world. This is the author’s first YA book, and it’s urban fantasy at its finest. When I classify this book as an urban fantasy, I mean that the city setting of the novel is almost a secondary character. Brooklyn is alive and …
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Y is for Young Adult Fiction

Heather and I both read and write young adult fiction, so we have a solid understanding of this market and what makes it tick. In the last decade, the popularity of YA has hit the stratosphere. Author megastars rise up from nowhere almost overnight. Big movie franchises and huge book deals are becoming normal events. …
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Top Ten Books I Want to Read for my Book Riot Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog hop created by the book loving crew at The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday is a different topic and everyone is invited to join in the fun by creating their own top ten list. I’ve joined Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. This is a read-a-thon geared toward making …
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Incarceron: A Mother/Son Book Review

INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher This fantasy novel was recommended to my son (just turned 13) and since I’d never read it, we decided to do a Mother/Son review. The synopsis: Trapped without any memories of how he got there, Finn is stuck inside a vast, living prison called Incarceron. Plagued by fragmented visions of his …
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Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 YA Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a list created by the book loving crew at The Broke and The Bookish. Every Tuesday is a different topic and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Let’s do this! Like most voracious readers, I never have time to read all the books I’d like to, so putting together …
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Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 YA Debuts

  Top Ten Tuesday is a list created by the book loving crew at The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday is a different topic and everyone is invited to join in the fun. So here we are! As part of the 2015 site revamp, the WriteOnSisters are taking up the Tuesday challenge. Here is our first post: …
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