Fiction-related websites


http://www.lovereading.co.uk/newgeneration

Another good one to encourage teens to browse, this crossover fiction site has recently been set up to bridge the gap between the children and adult Love Reading websites, and is aimed at teenagers of 14+

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Encyclopaediac source of detail on books of all kinds. If you've vaguely heard of an author and want to know what they've written, or you want to match a title with an author, this is the place to come.

http://www.mrsmad.com

A great source of info on a wide range of children's books, this is a good site to share with children. They can also send reviews in which will be posted on the site.

http://www.booktrustchildrensbooks.org.uk/Home

The Booktrust website is a really comprehensive source with lots of info on newly-published titles and some great teaching resources.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site

The Guardian’s children’s books site. Really comprehensive and simply brilliant for children, parents and teachers alike.

http://www.facebook.com/thesparkpage

Facebook page for teens from Faber and Faber, with links to competitions and info about new releases.

http://www.yabookscentral.com

Big and comprehensive US-based YA review site. Great place to find out about new titles. Not everything will be published in the UK obviously, but as some of the most exciting new teen literature is coming out of the States right now this is a good place to point teens looking for something different.

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/

Official home of the Carnegie and Greenaway prize. Find out about the shortlists, past winners and how to set up a Shadowing Group – and if your school doesn’t already have one may I recommend that you do just that.

http://www.electricmonkeybooks.co.uk/

The website of Electric Monkey, the teen imprint of Egmont Press offers information about its titles including Michael Grant’s popular Gone series and regular competitions to win books.

http://www.puffin.co.uk/static/grownups/teachers/

Teaching resources for various Puffin titles including Timeriders, Anne Frank and Michelle Paver’s new Bronze Age mythology series Gods and Warriors.

http://www.brainpickings.org/

Maria Popova, self-styled ‘interestingness hunter-gatherer’,  maintains this ecletic site where she gathers together all manner of fascinating bits and pieces including advice on writing from writers.

http://www.readingteen.net

YA literature site, featuring books reviewed by a team of teenagers.

http://10blockwalk.blogspot.co.uk/

Children’s book editor discusses what makes great YA books.




Author sites

 

http://www.jenniferdonnelly.com/index.html

Lots of information on advice on books and writing from the fabulous author of Revolution.

http://johngreenbooks.com/

Author of some fab teen books including the superlative The Fault in our Stars, and brother of the more or less famous Hank with whom he also shares the vlog brothers. Check  it out – especially the hilarious and/or very clever vlog posts. Unless you haven’t read The Fault in our Stars yet, in which case do that first.

http://www.loislowry.com/

Website of the prize-winning author of Number the Stars.

www.scarrow.co.uk

Website of the Scarrow brothers, Simon and Alex.  Information on their books of course, but also advice on becoming a writer,  forums where you can discuss their books with fellow fans and a really cool step by step look at how a book is printed.

http://leaguewriters.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/introducing-crewel-debut-you-simply.html

A joint website from a group of new YA dystopian writers including Crewel’s Gennifer Albin.

http://www.hmcastor.com/

H M Castor, author of VIII, talks about the inspiration  for her book.



 

Blogs

http://readingteenagefiction.blogspot.com

Great blog by a librarian/teen fiction fan with lots of reviews of new books and some excellent links.

 

http://booksaremyheroine.blogspot.co.uk/

Canadian college student blogs about the books she loves

 

http://bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com/bookshelves_of_doom/

American librarian blogs about YA books – lots of links, info and quirky stuff.

 

http://guyslitwire.blogspot.co.uk/

This one is for the boys! Reviews, links and lots of ideas to keep teenage boys reading. American again of course.

 

http://www.narrativelyspeaking.com/

YA reviews, author interviews and more from a UK blogger this time.

 

http://thebookbind.blogspot.co.uk/

Funny, quirky teen book blog written by an independent American bookseller in San Francisco.

 

http://fyreflybooks.wordpress.com/about/

Fyrefly is a dedicated book blogger with an interest in YA fiction. She  has created an amazingly clever book blog search engine listing hundreds of book bloggers which you can search to find reviews of books you want to find out about. If you have a book blog of your own email  her and she will add it to  her search engine.


                                          Teen writing

www.jumpmag.co.uk

Online magazine for and by 8-16 year olds girls run by a mother who was frustrated by the stereotyping in mainstream magazines for girls . They are keen to publish submissions from their readers.

www.wordbite.com

Teen novels and stories published online. It is subscription-based but they are keen to get teenage writers submitting work to them.

http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/about/

Brilliant blog by a teenage American writer with all sorts of links and info for teenage writers. If you have pupils who are looking for an outlet for their creative writing send them here.  These guys are serious writers who just happen to be teenagers.

 

http://www.teenink.com/

Long-established American teen writing website which runs writing competitions and showcases teenagers’s work.

http://www.teenagewriters.com/forum/forum.php

Another American teen writers site. This one has lots of forums where aspirant writers can discuss their work with their peers.