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SunLit Interview: How Wendy Terrien created a world of cryptids — and characters that feel like family

The author wrote "The Forge of Bonds," the fourth book in her series, faster than the others. But it turned out to be the longest -- and took a physical toll.

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In “Fake,” a high-school outsider describes her online metamorphosis

This excerpt from Donna Cooner's young adult novel explores the desire to create a glamorous fantasy identity when a teen girl struggles to accept herself as she is

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Identifying with her protagonist, Donna Cooner explored a teen’s struggle with body image

The author also found that her own addiction to social media became a major impediment to getting her work done on "Fake"

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A talented 16-year-old painter is given a chance to “merge minds” with a dying master. Should he take it?

Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl's young-adult tale of a plan to accelerate human development makes the opportunity sound enticing. But what are the ultimate costs?

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How losing friends to death led two former corporate types to shape a young adult novel

Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl lamented all the lost human potential that died with their friends, which led them to write a story about preserving those qualities. They also watched a lot of "The Big Bang Theory."

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Remember hitting rock bottom in high school — and then facing friends in the cafeteria?

In "There's Something About Sweetie," author Sandhya Menon explores teen angst and the fraught world of finding young love without losing yourself

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Sandhya Menon was searching for a place to put a plus-size, body-positive character

In "There's Something About Sweetie," she found an irresistible storyline that already has sparked helpful conversations about body image among young adults

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How one intense image blossomed into a young adult work of mystery and romance

Sparks fly between characters in Susan Cunningham's "Crow Flight," but a lot of what propels the plot is rooted in one of the author's passions -- science

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Autumn chill, a logical girl, a strange boy and the beating of black wings set scene for young adult novel

Author Susan Cunningham's rhythmic, evocative prose introduces Gin and Felix, two students who partner on a school project on crow behavior that leads to mystery, romance

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How an iconic Hitchcock film inspired a young adult novel about reality in the internet age

Author Donna Cooner contrasted people's real-life personas with online "reality," and was shocked at the private information one photo can carry

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Harmless fun at a sleepover leads to life-altering consequences via the internet

In "Screenshot," author Donna Cooner explores the issues of privacy and adolescence in a digital world that can change life in a heartbeat

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Desire to fill void in young adult fiction led Colorado author to focus on characters of color in lighthearted plots

Happy optimism counterbalances the stress of familial expectations in Sandhya Menon's "When Dimple Met Rishi"

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Excerpt: A daughter fends off her mother’s cultural expectations as her college experience looms

She wants to enter Stanford ready to take on the tech world, while her traditional mom wants to groom her to pursue an I.I.H. -- Ideal Indian Husband

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SunLit: Author drew inspiration for novel from dream flirtation, real-life bone cancer battle

It took 10 years, and a lot of "cry-typing," for Sara Jade Alan to bring her young adult fiction to life

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