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There are two words --- two special and terrifying words --- that should be familiar to most new cooks in their twenties.  Are you ready for this? Say it with me: Kitchen. Disaster.  No, this is not an exercise in negative mantras or de-motivational speaking.  Let me explain.
*Disclaimer* I am writing from halfway through MOCKINGJAY --- the final book in THE HUNGER GAMES Trilogy. Right now I am Team Gale. My friends have ordered me to finish the trilogy before I pick my team. However, for research purposes I am going to write down my opinions before I get to the moment where whatever happens --- according to aforementioned friend --- is Gale’s fault.
March 7, 2012

In Praise of Uncertainty

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Ann Brashares, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, including SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING --- now available in paperback --- has been delighting us with the tales of Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget for over a decade now. As these characters have grown from teens to 20-something adults, Brashares discusses how they have changed throughout the series.
If you’re anywhere on a website these days, you’ve probably noticed the extensive coverage THE HUNGER GAMES has been getting. What’s confusing to me, though, is why these websites are comparing THE HUNGER GAMES series to TWILIGHT. If you want guys to jump on the bandwagon, then the last thing you want to do is stir up memories of vampires, werewolves, and a love triangle that puts most people to sleep. THE HUNGER GAMES is so much better than this --- and as a guy --- let me tell you why.
March 6, 2012

How I Shelve My Books

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Everyone has their own method for shelving their books, be it alphabetically, by genre or perhaps something else. So how does Carol Anshaw, author of the newly released CARRY THE ONE, organize her books? Read on to find out!
Okay, okay, so your average teenage girl isn't going to be asked to compete in a fight to the death, broadcast on national television. But given that high school life is full of constant challenges and competitions, perhaps Katniss can teach us all a little something about what it means to be a real-life heroine.
Steven Weinberg, co-author and illustrator of TO TIMBUKTU, has lead quite an exciting life, traveling all around the world, but what is a typical day like for him? Now we know! The illustrator recently answered our 20 Questions survey and illustrated his answers, sharing A Day in the Life..of Steven Weinberg. Enjoy!
If you are anything like me, you have searched far and wide grasping for anything that brought you close to the feelings that were evoked when reading THE HUNGER GAMES. With the immense success of THE HUNGER GAMES, it seems that everywhere you look there are blurbs on YA books, “Look at me! This is the next HUNGER GAMES!” While Katniss and Suzanne Collins will always hold the number one spot in my heart, these future, twisted societies are all entirely different and equally fascinating to read…
The countdown is on! 20 days to the release of the film adaptation of THE HUNGER GAMES, and we at can't wait!
March 2, 2012

20 Questions for Lisa Lutz

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With her trademark wit and sarcasm, Lisa Lutz, whose latest book TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS is on-sale now, recently took some time out of her very busy schedule to answer some of our very intrusive questions. Below, Lisa shares what it's like to be her for a day that's filled with kale smoothies, procrastination and singing telegrams!