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Meet the New Griffin Teen!

Meet the New Griffin Teen!
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  Contributed by the Griffin Teen Team!   The new school year means a whole new wardrobe.  Not wanting to be left out of the fun,  Griffin Teen  got a brand new look! Newly updated, we now have a beautiful website featuring some of our favorite and up-and-coming titles and a...
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What's New in YA--September 1, 2015

What's New in YA--September 1, 2015
  Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!     Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to...
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Carey Corp
Shades of Doon is out today as well. After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic... Read More
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:32
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Author Chat with Pat Schmatz

Author Chat with Pat Schmatz
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  Contributed by Eden Grey   Eden Grey : Where did the concept of Lizard Radio come from? Did you start with the main character, Kivali, or was it something else? Pat Schmatz : The concept for Lizard Radio started in my sketch book a few summers back. I drew a...
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Noa
The lizard wore headphones!
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 16:25
Kim Dare
Love the image of the headphones with the cord that goes nowhere
Saturday, 05 September 2015 07:15
Karen Woodard
Headphones with a cord to nowhere
Sunday, 06 September 2015 16:00
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First in Line--Press Release

First in Line--Press Release
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  RANDOM HOUSE CHILD REN’S BOOKS LAUNCHES NEW YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM “FIRST IN LINE” First In Line offers YA readers exclusive advance access to authors and behind-the-book content. New York, NY — Random House Children’s Books is launching First In Line (FirstInLineReaders.com) , a new program that features young adult books...
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YABC August Book Haul

YABC August Book Haul

It's here! It's Here! The August Book Haul is finally here! Enjoy this mountain of wordy-filled goodness.  Yay for books!
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Celebrating National Dog Day with Richard Torrey!

Celebrating National Dog Day with Richard Torrey!


TOO COOL TO BRAG. TORREY’S MY DOG, BOB, INTRODUCES KIDS TO A DIFFERENT WAY TO BE GREAT Raab Associates   Quiet dignity is vastly underrated, but it’s a quality shared by those who are truly fortunate to have learned one of the best kept secrets of self-esteem -- that true success...
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Author Trisha Leigh's TOP 5 OTPs

Author Trisha Leigh's TOP 5 OTPs
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Today we welcome Trisha Leigh, author of RETURN ONCE MORE, to the blog to share with us her top 5 OTPs!  RETURN ONCE MORE is a book about a teenage girl caught between her responsibility to document the past and her desire to use time travel in order to meet her...
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On the Horizon

On the Horizon
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  DC Comics’ Lois Lane Returns in  Lois Lane: Double Down  from Switch Press  Second Book in the New Young Adult Series by Gwenda Bond   MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 24, 2015) – DC Comics’ iconic character Lois Lane will be back for more in  Lois Lane: Double Down , the second...
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What's New in YA--August 25, 2015

What's New in YA--August 25, 2015
  Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!       Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Miserables , A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine.   Paris, 1832 A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a...
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Love Letters to Literature #1

Love Letters to Literature #1
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  Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer   Dear J.K. Rowling,   I suppose the best way to begin this letter would be to say  thank you!  Many readers might say that you changed their lives with the inception of your boy wizard. I'm sure that's true. But...
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I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. *sniffs*
Monday, 24 August 2015 10:17
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LOVE!! I'm just now reading Order of the Phoenix and wish I had read them sooner! Such an amazing world!
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Baseball Baby
 
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