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The Best YA Novel of All Time? EW Staff Pick: 'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle


As our “Best YA Novel of All Time” bracket continues, we’re unveiling our picks, which didn’t advance as far as we would like. Here’s the case for Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

First of all, I’ve got to level with you — I never really thought of A Wrinkle in Time as being a YA book. That’s mainly because I read Madeleine L’Engle’s masterpiece for the first time when I was in fourth grade, a few years before becoming a young adult myself.

More specifically: It was recess. I was on the playground. All around me, fellow elementary schoolers were shrieking and running and learning the basics of social interaction, but I didn’t care — because it was a dark and stormy night at the Murry family’s 200-year-old Connecticut farmhouse, which was pretty much the coolest thing I could possibly imagine.

Given that last sentence, you can probably gather why I was immediately captivated by Wrinkle‘s charming misfit of a heroine: awkward, irritable, smart-but-underachieving Meg Murry. Like me, Meg wore glasses; like me, she felt like she never quite fit anywhere, neither among the dreadfully normal kids at school nor among her uncommonly gifted family. (As her child genius younger brother Charles Wallace puts it, Meg is “not one thing or the other, not flesh or fowl nor good red herring.” I had absolutely no idea what that meant, but I loved the way it sounded anyway.)

What I didn’t understand back then is that at some point, everyone feels like an outsider. Ironically enough, alienation is one of the most universal emotions there is — especially for adolescent girls.  READ FULL STORY

The Best YA Novel of All Time? EW Staff Pick: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar


As our “Best YA Novel of All Time” bracket continues, we’re unveiling our picks, which didn’t advance as far as we would like. Here’s the case for Louis Sachar’s Holes.

You may go to jail, or you may go to Camp Green Lake.

What else could I have expected for poor Holes, which got knocked out in the first round of the EW YA Bracket Game? It was pitted against Harry Potter, for Madame Zeroni’s sake. You no-good-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather-like voters, how dare you… er… choose the series juggernaut that was obviously going to win that round anyway.

Fine. I guess I forgive you; I’m not Kissin’ Kate Barlow, after all. READ FULL STORY

The Best YA Novel of All Time? EW Staff Pick: 'The Earthsea Cycle' by Ursula K. Le Guin


As To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Fault in Our Stars battle it out in our “Best YA Novel of All Time” bracket, we’re unveiling our picks, which didn’t advance as far as we would like. Here’s the case for Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle.

Ursula K. Le Guin is cool. She’s written pretty much every kind of book there is, not to mention inventing a few new ones. She has opinions and does not keep them to herself. She doesn’t like how Hollywood turns all her protagonists into white dudes. She thinks Google is the devil. Here’s what she said about J.K. Rowling: “She has many virtues, but originality isn’t one of them.” She’s not afraid to rassle, in life or in her far-flung fiction. Her books deal with big topics in big ways. READ FULL STORY

Richelle Mead talks new Bloodlines novel, 'The Fiery Heart'


The wait is over! The Fiery Heart, the fourth book in Richelle Mead’s popular Bloodlines series—a spinoff to her Vampire Academy series—has arrived. And it’s a doozy! The mostly secret romance between Sydney and Adrian has been kicked up a notch, but not without consequences. And as Sydney navigates the complicated dynamic between her Alchemist upbringing and her new-found magical ability, it becomes increasingly difficult for her to keep on her perfect Sydney Sage front. Here, Mead talks about her newest release and teases what’s to come in the series. READ FULL STORY

See new covers for Judy Blume's 'Forever' and 'Margaret' -- EXCLUSIVE


Judy Blume is just as relevant today as she was two decades ago, so it makes sense that Simon & Schuster is re-packaging some of her best-known titles for today’s YA set. Now a whole new generation can hide Forever from their parents. See the updated covers of Forever and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. below: READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'Bane Chronicles' No. 8 -- EXCLUSIVE


The title of the newest Bane Chronicles novella really does beg the question: What do you buy a Shadowhunter who has everything? The eighth installment, appropriately titled What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway), hopes to explore that very issue. Set in the time between City of Ashes and City of Glass, Magnus Bane searches for the best possible birthday present for Alec Lightwood. Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan helmed No. 8, which comes out Nov. 19. Check Shelf Life next month for the cover reveal of the penultimate ebook.

See the cover of 'Timestorm' by Julie Cross, plus read an excerpt! -- EXCLUSIVE


The wait is almost over! Timestorm, the final installment in Julie Cross’s Tempest trilogy, hits shelves Jan. 28. And we’ve got a first look at the cover! As the battle between the Tempest Division and Eyewall comes to an end, the world Jackson Meyer once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel. Here’s what Cross had to say about the book when we talked earlier this year: “Pretty much all the remaining questions left—as far as the world and how it became what it became—are going to be answered in the first 30 percent of the book. And then the rest is going to be to deal with this new conflict that arises and another new one after that…. I think people will get everything that they want in book three. There’s a lot of questions answered in the beginning that just makes you feel like you can relax and just enjoy the rest of the book. There’s still tension and mystery up until the end, but I’m not just turning the pages to have this one question answered.” But why wait until January for the epic conclusion? Read an exclusive excerpt from Timestorm after the jump. READ FULL STORY

CJ Lyons talks talks her debut YA novel, 'Broken'


Best-selling author CJ Lyons has joined the YA fray with Broken (out now). The fast-paced thriller follows 15-year-old Scarlet Killian, who suffers from a rare and untreatable heart condition. But in an effort to live a (somewhat) normal life, she tries to prove to her parents that she can survive high school. She’s given one week to show that she can make it work, but things take a complicated turn when she starts to uncover the truth about her illness. Without spoiling the I-totally-didn’t-see-it-coming ending, Lyons answers some of our questions about the novel and talks about her inspiration for the standalone.  READ FULL STORY

EW asks: What's the best YA novel of all time?


Starting Monday, EW is running a bracket game that asks the question: “What is the best young adult novel of all time.” Here is an introduction for our book editor Tina Jordan.

As the book editor for EW, I read a lot. I mean, a lot—at least a book a day. (It helps that I have a long commute—at least an hour each way on the train.) And what I’ve been finding of late is that I read more YA than anything else. Not because the books’ plot-propelled arcs makes them satisfyingly swift reads (though I find that’s true), or because I don’t have the attention span or chops for “adult” books (please: can we dispense with the belief, once and for all, that YA is meant just for the under-21 set?). No, I’m reading a lot of YA because I’m finding that some of the best, most innovative work in fiction these days is being done in the genre: gutsy topics, imaginative storylines, utterly fearless writing styles (like blank verse). READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart -- EXCLUSIVE


Now that fall is in full swing, it’s probably not the best time to discuss your next go-to summer read. And yet, here we are. We Were Liars, a new YA novel by E. Lockhart, doesn’t hit shelves until May 13, 2014. But you’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. From the official description:

“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”

EW has the exclusive first look at the cover of We Were Liars, which has the John Green stamp of approval. What do you think, Shelf Lifers? Will you add Liars to your to-read list?

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