The more YA becomes part of popular culture, the more people will try to create “the formula” for a great YA novel. But as soon as you begin reading the works of Margie Gelbwasser, you’ll see she completely demolishes your concept of what a YA novel can or should be.
Well, we always knew the work we published was award-winning caliber. But now we have outside verification. Stephen Eoannou’s short story “Swiming Naked,” published in January 2012, just won an SCBWI Magazine Merit Honor for Fiction! [...]
We are thrilled to share with you Ned’s latest, “Strike a Chord”—a YARN exclusive short story!
From Ned Vizzini’s first collection of essays “Teen Angst? Naaah…” to his novel “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (now a major motion picture), there is a running theme throughout his writing—a self-aware teenager is a complex, beautiful, burdened, hilarious, resilient, layered human being.
The last 3!! Thanks so much for being a part of this special NPM project!
Write a poem in 24 lines, two words per line.
Invent a game. Tell me how I play, how I win, and what happens if I lose.
So, what happens when your mom discovers your dad is cheating with another guy and she drives you from your home, boyfriend, and collection of pals you affectionately call the Leftovers and takes you to New Hampshire where you have to start your life from scratch? Sarah Tregay, in “Love and Leftovers,” [...]
YARN is thrilled to announce that Sara Zarr has a story just for us, due out later this spring, and we cannot wait to share it with you!
Every now and then while reading a book, you come across a line that makes you stop exactly where you are. [...]
Vodka kills you. That much I’ve learned from the past few months.
Jenna and I had smuggled ourselves and the chemical into my room and set about clearing the glass bottle of its contents, telling my parents, the unbeknownst hosts, that we were just having a girls’ night. [...]
When a great debut author writes a great novel, he makes a splash. When a great debut YA author writes a great YA novel, he makes a tidal-wave and rides it with a composure and sense of wonder unmatched. John Corey Whaley is the recipient of both a Morris and Printz award, and the first YA author be selected as one of The National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 [...]
By Sarah Wilson
The first time I met Sawyer Sharpe I thought he was the strangest, most unnatural boy in the world.
I was seven and busy splattering a rainbow of paint onto my sheet of cardstock. He scrambled onto the stool next to me and told me I wasn’t doing it right. [...]
Thanks for joining us for Part 2 of YARN’s “Year of the Beasts” extravaganza. This time, Nate Powell interviews Cecil Castellucci. But just like last time, we’re featuring not-to-be-seen anywhere else early sketches for the book. It’s not every day you get a glimpse into the minds–and the sketchbook!–of two such amazing and important artists. Enjoy!
What do you get when you combine the prose power of Cecil Castellucci and the illustrative immortality of Nate Powell? Beasts. “Year of the Beasts,” specifically, which just hit your local bookstores and libraries.
Cecil and Nate offered to interview each other for YARN! WITH sketches for the book you won’t see anywhere else!! [...]
With enthusiastic reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and a host of YA and mystery writers you already know and love (Kirsten Miller, Alane Ferguson), Diana Renn’s debut novel “Tokyo Heist” is a page-turning thrill-ride through the gritty art worlds of [...]
By Francisco X. Stork
A few months ago, Cheryl Klein, my editor at Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, asked if I would be interested in writing a novel about a young girl recovering from depression and a failed suicide attempt. My initial reaction was that such a book was the last thing I wanted to write. [...]