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On August 30, my debut young-adult novel, Fury, was published by Simon Pulse, the edgy YA imprint of Simon & Schuster. I'm a journalist by trade, and I knew next-to-nothing about book publishing until about a year ago.
Book fans use the Internet to go crazy!
By ELIZABETH MILES  |  September 23, 2011

Don't read these books!!

The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union will host its annual Banned Books event on September 23 at 6 pm at the Providence Athenaeum.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 23, 2011

The hipster Harry Potter

The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 23, 2011

Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011

YA Hotness (in honor of Sharon)

What better way to bid a bloggy farewell to Sharon than to address a few of her favorite things -- hot publishing deals, hot young...
By Sharon Steel  |  June 24, 2008

OMFG Maine

Truly, life gets more amazing every day. Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl YA book seri...
By Sharon Steel  |  June 06, 2008

Exploring Goodreads

 I finally got around to reading my May email update from, one of several socia...
By Sharon Steel  |  June 03, 2008
The New Yorker reviews Gossip Girl

The New Yorker reviews Gossip Girl

Er, more specifically, JANET MALCOLM has reviewed Gossip Girl, and we're talking about the book seri...
By Sharon Steel  |  March 03, 2008

More "Fine Lines": Why obsess over the NYTBR when you can obsess over 80's YA?

Hell to the yes. "Fine Lines," the newish Friday feature at ultimate lady-blog Jezebel just keeps ge...
By Importer  |  February 26, 2008