Ruth: A Wrinkle in Time

For Banned Books Week, we've asked our writers to pick a frequently challenged book and tell us how that book has affected them. Today, Ruth Zielinski Hansen writes about Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Possibly no book has influenced my personal philosophy as much as Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and its sequel, … Continue reading Ruth: A Wrinkle in Time


The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

Meg Wolitzer is revealing herself to be a terrifically nimble, as well as prolific author. Since 2011 she’s published The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, an acclaimed middle-grade novel, and The Uncoupling and The Interestings, both for adults, following a career that’s spanned over thirty years so far. Forthcoming in September 2014 is Belzhar, Wolitzer’s foray … Continue reading The Beautiful Trap of Belzhar

An Open Letter to Ally Condie

An open letter to Ally Condie, author of the "Matched" trilogy (Matched, Crossed, Reached). Dear Ms. Condie, I’ll admit, until the day of the big Kobo sale, I had no intention of picking up your books. I’d had my fill of YA dystopian novels, and yours seemed to be just another drop in the flood … Continue reading An Open Letter to Ally Condie

Why I Should Be In a YA Book Club

Lots of adult readers love to sink their teeth into a good teen novel, and it isn’t always because they want simple stories that satisfy nostalgic cravings. (We have Nicholas Sparks for that, after all.) Katniss Everdeen’s story in The Hunger Games is neither simple nor neat; and if the characters in Rainbow Rowell’s young … Continue reading Why I Should Be In a YA Book Club