Young Adult Fiction

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

YA Book Prize Fever- Interview with The Bookseller

Alix Long | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alix Long

Recently the YA blogosphere, Book-tubers and the section of Twitter especially reserved for that of YA book fanatics have been talking about one thing and one thing only: the YA Book Prize, a prize for UK and Irish YA books set up by the publishers The Bookseller.

How a Near Life Experience Changed My Life

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Perhaps it was being put deep under by the anaesthesia, for I am told it really is a little like dying. Well the closest one comes to dying without actually... dying; when you are sedated enough for them to cut into you. Maybe it was that which dropped me deep into myself, enough to touch the stuff that really mattered. The debris hidden behind decades of conditioning shot to the top.

Can Science Fiction Drive Social Change?

Phil Pauley | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Pauley

I hope that my books - and whatever forms the stories may go on to take - will capture the imagination of their readers, create a vehicle for discussing environmental issues, and encourage young people to tackle global challenges by becoming the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Are Happily-ever-afters in YA Novels Bad for Teenagers' Love Lives?

Holly Bourne | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bourne

I don't think I'll overcome the disappointment that nobody - ever - has chased me through an airport to stop me getting on a plane. Basically - when it comes to what I've been told about love, and what love actually *is* - I've been massively short-changed. And I'm not the only one.

Interview: YA Author CJ Daugherty

Ben Falk | Posted 06.03.2013 | Home
Ben Falk

American-born writer CJ Daugherty is the author of the successful Night School series, the first of which was the #5 bestselling YA debut of 2012. I got a chance to chat with CJ about the new book.

'Sacerdos' by Elizabeth Amisu - A Review

Abbie Maguire | Posted 12.01.2013 | Home
Abbie Maguire

The first time your baby looks at you with those sparkling orbs of curiosity, watching your parking space being painted upon a dull concrete when you ...

What it Takes to be 'Popular'

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Scott De Buitléir

Set in today's Northern Ireland, Popular follows the story of four privileged Belfast teens with more money than sense as they each learn a bit more about each other and their own lives.

Teens Are Plugged in Readers

Megan Holm | Posted 04.12.2012 | Home
Megan Holm

I am in my late teens and I am dyslexic. When I was 10 years old I struggled to read and hated the books we studied in class as they were all so boring, but I loved the books my mum read to me and soon figured out that if I could read well enough I could read whatever I liked. Now I have a library of over 400 books on my iPod and read for an average of fourteen hours a week.

Darren Shan's Zom-B Terror!

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 25.11.2012 | Home
Scott De Buitléir

Shan - real name Darren O'Shaughnessy - became a full-time writer at the age of 23, and has since sold over 20 million copies of his books worldwide, becoming bestsellers in the US, UK, Ireland and elsewhere.

Interview: Young Adult Author Katie McGarry

Ben Falk | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home
Ben Falk

I know why I wanted to read gritty books when I was a teenager-- because my life was gritty. It wasn't sunshine and roses. Pink fuzzy unicorns weren't puking rainbows. There were issues in my home. There were issues in my friends' homes.

Now 'Fifty Shades' Author's Husband Has A Book Deal...

PA | Posted 25.08.2012 | Home

The husband of best-selling publishing phenomenon EL James has landed his own major book deal - with a novel he wrote in a month. Niall Leonard, a ...

The 'Most Selfless Sexual Act': Anal Sex, Teenagers, Pegging and Literature

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

WARNING: This blog contains adult content Of late, there have been a number of news stories about anal sex and in particular how it is becoming more common. You might wonder how private sexual acts are newsworthy, but there are a few reasons here.

'Hunger Games' Casting Provokes Racist Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 26.05.2012 | Home

The release of Hunger Games has been marred by a series of racist tweets by viewers objecting the decision to cast an African-American girl as Rue, on...

Hunger Games vs Harry Potter - Test Your Knowledge!

Alice E. Vincent | Posted 29.03.2012 | Home

The Hunger Games is opening at UK cinemas this month, and in case you've missed the wave of teen hysteria across the western world - it's going to be ...

Interview With Best-Selling YA Author Michael Grant

Ben Falk | Posted 20.05.2012 | Home
Ben Falk

I was lucky enough to corner Michael Grant - author of the GONE series and now BZRK - for an interview. A fascinating guy and a great storyteller...Enjoy.

Same-Sex Marriage: "Out of the Question" for Children's Literature?

B.J. Epstein | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education
B.J. Epstein

2012 might turn out to be the year for gay marriage in the UK, the US and elsewhere. Will picture books and YA novels catch up with the times and start showing LGBTQ young people that marriage is an institution that is in fact open to them?