Jan 28, 2013 — When author Ally Carter found out that S.E. Hinton had been a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, something inside her clicked. It was the first moment she realized she could be a writer. Is there a book that has inspired you to write? Tell us in the comments.
Dec 20, 2012 — It was a strange and wonderful year for young adult fiction, says critic Maggie Stiefvater. Debates raged over what constituted a young adult novel versus an adult novel. This list isn't concerned with classification — it rounds up five magical books for young adults and grown-ups alike.
Dec 10, 2012 — NPR's Backseat Book Club polled children's booksellers and librarians to find 2012's best books for middle-graders. The winners are a heartwarming city kid's tale, a Chinese folklore-inspired adventure, and an encounter with a 10-year-old you'll never forget.
Oct 1, 2012 — She's been known to drink a bottle of Kahlua in the bathtub while ignoring the knocks of her kids outside. She has no shame, and she swears an extremely blue streak. In his new novel, The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days, humorist Ian Frazier spends a year in the life of a temperamental housewife.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jun 7, 2012 — If there's one thing that teenagers of all stripes spend their energy on, it's friendship. These outstanding new novels for young adults explore friendship wherever it blossoms, whether in the extremes of a dystopian future or the more mundane emotional extremes of high school.
Mar 7, 2012 — Ian Fleming's beloved flying car is back for more adventures. The British author's nieces asked children's writer Frank Cottrell Boyce to pick up where their uncle left off. Boyce took the responsibility seriously; he says he felt like he'd borrowed a "national treasure."
Jan 26, 2012 — A road trip from Michigan to Alabama places the Watson family in Birmingham in 1963, just as racial tensions are roiling. Christopher Paul Curtis draws upon his own experiences growing up in the 1960s for this Newbery Honor-winning novel.
Dec 15, 2011 — Science fiction and fantasy books aren't just getting more popular, they're interbreeding with other genres to produce wild new hybrid forms — swapping DNA with literary novels, commenting on current events, morphing into historical science fiction romances, and evolving into hard-boiled detective fantasy.
Dec 20, 2011 — Christopher Paul Curtis tells the story of a Michigan family traveling south to Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement. Curtis composed the novel in his head while working on automobile assembly lines in Flint, Mich.