A Few Thoughts on Banned Books Week

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This is Banned Books Week, and we here at Litstack applaud all the buzz that it’s gotten on social media. The very idea of banning books is the antithesis to an educated and progressive society, and yet some of our most cherished classics have been subject to challenge:  The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a [….]

Why We Love Our Genres

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The best thing about running a site like LitStack is the diversity of folks you meet. Our writers come from all walks of life; their ages vary from those still in college, to a granny or two. With this diversity comes a variety of tastes and preferences, a fact that is exhibited in the wide [….]

OpEd: Young Adult Lit and the Classroom

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A few years back I was asked by a dear friend if I teach the classics and I answered with an emphatic “No!” He scrunched up his face, tilted his head to the side and replied “Why not?” I sighed and then prepared myself for explaining why I feel like some of the writings of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Much Ado About Nothing

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On June 6, 2014, freelance journalist Ruth Graham wrote an article for the online magazine Slate entitled “Against YA” that was published with the tagline, “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”  Using as her main examples John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green Dutton Books ISBN: 978-0-525-47881-2 The world is not a wish-granting factory. Sixteen year old Hazel Lancaster has a rare form of cancer. Terminal. But her doctors have recently discovered that she responds positively to a new drug. It will slow the progression of her disease, but not cure [….]

Giveaway & Promo Post: Lightning in My Wake by Lila Felix

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We love bringing you LitStackers great new releases and today’s giveaway and promo post isn’t just great, it’s phenomenal. Lila Felix is an indie author with over a dozen Young Adult novels under her belt. Her books range from first love to roller derby to apocalyptic adventures and her latest novel is chock full of [….]

Maggie Stiefvater – How Bad Teens Become Famous

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We love this TED from 2010 by author Maggie Stiefvater. Reposted on her Tumblr account when she was asked by a follower: “I want to be like you when I grown up. How do I do that?” The response is brilliant. Our favorite line: “There’s a very fine line between brilliance and deviance.” Maggie Stiefvater [….]

LitStack Review: Scintillate by Tracy Clark

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Scintillate Tracy Clark Entangled: Teen ISBN-10: 1622661451   A mighty flame follows a tiny spark… Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light [….]

Cover Reveal: Starbreak by Phoebe North

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We are absolutely giddy that our good friend Phoebe North has released the cover to her highly anticipated second novel, Starbreak. Summary: The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each [….]

LitStack Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy) Sherry Thomas Balzer + Bray (September 17, 2013) ISBN-10: 0062207296 Just before the start of Summer Half, in April 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old pupil named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, [….]