Sep 30, 2013 — With dominant themes of hunger, class conflict and poverty, popular teen books like The Hunger Games and Divergent mirror today's fragile economic climate. Critic Marcela Valdes says the books reflect real-world fears, but their fanastical elements can also help young readers escape what might be a gloomy financial reality at home.
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.
Mar 1, 2012 — In Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times, journalist Eyal Press writes about four ordinary people who took great risks to help others.
Dec 19, 2011 — Young adult literature has never been so psychologically probing or artistically ambitious as it is today. Marissa Meyer's favorite novels beguile, thrill and, above all, transport younger readers to a Shakespearean magical theater, futuristic Chicago and a netherworld of ghost hunters.
May 22, 2010 — Conn Iggulden teamed up with his brother, David, to share tales of men and women who responded to difficult moments with grace and pluck to save themselves and others. Their book doesn't attempt to hide the dark side of many of these heroes, whose daring deeds are better remembered than their misconduct.
Apr 20, 2010 — Time editor Richard Stengel spent nearly three years traveling with Nelson Mandela, collecting hours of conversation about his life for Mandela's autobiography. Stengel talks about what he learned from Mandela, and his book, Mandela's Way.
Oct 5, 2009 — Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball player Jackie Robinson, wanted to teach kids about her father, so she wrote a children's book. But instead of focusing on the achievement for which her father is most famous — breaking baseball's color barrier — she chose a more humble, personal moment.
Aug 15, 2007 — Following in the footsteps of John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, presidential candidates have often released books in the lead-up to their campaigns. Newsweek's Jon Meacham reviews some of the current White House hopefuls' offerings.
Jun 13, 2007 — Author Conn Iggulden talks about his book, Dangerous Book for Boys, a manual that advises fathers to teach their sons stick ball, kite flying, fishing, camping, and stories around a fire. There are no video games or iPods in this book, and baby boomers and their sons love it.
Jun 2, 2007 — Conn and Hal Iggulden worried that the old-fashioned skills they learned as boys would disappear in the age of DVDs and video games. So they wrote The Dangerous Book for Boys and filled it with ingredients to get boys off the computer and into the backyard.