Get This: A Poem Inspired by BOOKED

I am NOT…I repeat, NOT a poet. And I know it! But something about reading Booked by Kwame Alexander inspired me to write one. Here’s a brief description of Booked from Amazon: Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop… Read More

The First Time She Drowned: Q & A with Kerry Kletter

The First Time She Drowned (Philomel Books, March 15, 2016) is a moving and beautifully written debut book by Kerry Kletter. Although it is classified as a contemporary young adult novel, the themes are very mature and the psychological twists and turns and subject matter are, at times, heavy and… Read More

A Review of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The following review of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, an autobiography by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, April 29, 2003), is from Food, Fitness & Fiction guest contributor Lily Roark (pictured above). I am not one to pick up a graphic novel. Ever. So it surprised our entire household, the cat… Read More

Today in YA: A Review of These Vicious Masks

The following review of These Vicious Masks (Swoon Reads, February 9, 2016) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Amber Lee. These Vicious Masks is a hell of a ride. While its marketing shtick of “Jane Austen meets X-Men” is not quite accurate,… Read More

Today in YA: Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk

The following review of Arrows (Delacorte Press January 26, 2016) by Melissa Gorzelanczyk is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Joshua Flores (pictured above). What if you fell in love with someone who could never love you in return? Melissa Gorzelanczyrk’s debut novel, Arrows, tells the story of a… Read More

Spring Into a New Season with Food, Fitness & Fiction!

Hello! Hope you’re enjoying a great start to spring! I wanted to share with you my latest Food, Fitness & Fiction newsletter. My goal for now is to do them quarterly and to provide you with links to help you eat and live better. When you click on this link,… Read More

March Madness: Grasshopper Jungle Author Andrew Smith

I first connected with highly acclaimed and accomplished author Andrew Smith on Facebook. Anxious to read some of his work, I reached out to him to see which of his books I should read first. He responded with a recommendation to read Grasshopper Jungle. I’m SO glad I did! As… Read More

Bone Gap: An Interview with Author Laura Ruby

I recently read—actually, I devoured—Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray, March 3, 2015) by Laura Ruby. I had heard about the book a lot and knew it had won the prestigious 2016 Michael L. Prinz award for excellence in Young Adult Literature and was a finalist for the National Book Award.… Read More

Today in YA: Review of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The following review of Truth Witch (Tor Teen, January 5, 2016) by Susan Dennard is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Amber Lee. Truthwitch is the ambitious first novel of Susan Dennard’s newest series, with intricate world building and a wide cast of characters. Here’s a description of Truthwitch… Read More

Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, Future Shock

The following review of Future Shock* (April 1, 2016 AW Teen) by Elizabeth Briggs is by Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores. Elena Martinez was always seen as average; she had no hope. As a foster child whose  18th birthday was approaching, her hope for the future beings… Read More