Jul 13, 2014 — Although she's loath to admit it, author Cristina Henriquez used to love Sweet Valley High. She explains why this "all-American" series meant so much to her as an awkward half-Panamanian 5th grader.
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, 2013 — Also: A new short story by Stieg Larsson; Sherman Alexie's mullet; Rebecca Mead on Jane Austen.
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 6, 2012 — The Hunger Games has been a huge success, and the film adaptation is only weeks away. Now, publishers are looking for the next big dystopian hit.
Sep 1, 2009 — In her trilogy-in-progress — first The Hunger Games and now Catching Fire — Suzanne Collins blends elements of reality TV with themes from Greek mythology. The resulting books can be shocking — and enthralling.
Aug 26, 2009 — Read and hear an exclusive, pre-release excerpt of Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, the follow-up to last year's young adult best-seller The Hunger Games.
May 7, 2009 — Almost every sports fan has filled out a bracket before the NCAA men's basketball tournament. What if instead of a tourney of college hoops teams, you had a bracket of memorable speech lines, or greatest Jewish baseball players or, well, just about anything? What you get is The Final Four of Everything by editors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir.