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Everyone has a favorite Sarah Dessen book. Share your rec for the chance to win the #ReadADessen sweeps!


True story: everyone has a favorite Sarah Dessen book. And if you ask them about it, they’ll be more than happy to gush about it for as long as possible. That’s why this summer we’re asking readers to spread the love by sharing their favorite Sarah Dessen novel with the world. Whether it’s because your favorite Sarah Dessen book gave you a love for reading, got you through a tough time, or changed the way you see the world – we want to know.


Enter the #ReadADessen sweepstakes!


Post a photo of your favorite Sarah Dessen novel and tell us why you love it on social with #ReadADessen! You’ll be entered for the chance to win a set of all of her books, plus her new book, Once and For All, which comes out this June!



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12 YA Love Stories to Read If You Have Love, Simon Fever

Raise your hand if you’re completely obsessed with Love, Simon, the new teen romcom based on Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! The story follows Simon, a not-so-openly gay teen trying to navigate high school, keep his friend group together, and e-flirt with a mysterious classmate named Blue. Whether you’re one of the … Continued
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Girl Wonder: Tochi Onyebuchi on Shuri’s Role in Black Panther

Revolution hums like a drumbeat through every frame of Black Panther. Revolution roars in the plot. It sings every time a freight train whisks down a length of high-speed rail. It glows in the beautiful black skin of every single principal character in this film. And it shines as bright as a million suns in … Continued
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9 Heroines Who Are Ready to Join the Rebel Alliance

  Already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi but can’t seem to get enough of it? Want to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi but you’re too worried about what is going to happen to our friends in the Rebel Alliance to do so? Have no fear–we’ve got you covered, regardless of your current Star … Continued
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I Want to Hear Your Story: Joy McCullough on Publishing Her Novel, BLOOD WATER PAINT in Today’s Landscape

When it came time to decide on the dedication for my debut novel, Blood Water Paint, there was never really any question. The book was for my daughter. I was given slight pause, though, since I have two children. I didn’t want my son to feel left out. (I’ve never quite gotten over when my … Continued
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7 Important Books to Celebrate During Black History Month

Black History Month is here, and now, more than ever, we need to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have left a mark on black history and acknowledge that there is still work (and reading!) to do. Luckily, we have a long list of books to explore. Read on for some of our favorite books that … Continued
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10 Books to Read if You’ve Already Finished Stranger Things

Stranger Things season 2 just came out on Friday, and if you’re like all of us over at Penguin Teen HQ, then you’ve deffffinitely already finished. (Why are we like this??) Never fear—we’ve got plenty of eerie reads to tide you over until (hopefully) the next season.   Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra … Continued
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Artemisia Gentileschi and 7 Other Real Women to Inspire You During Women’s History Month

Every March, we celebrate all of the women that have made an impact on our history and our lives. We try to always celebrate women, but this month especially, the power of a woman is undeniable. That’s why we’re telling you about 8 real women–some you may know, some you may not–that have been seriously inspirational … Continued
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Ocean’s 8: The YA Cast

The Ocean’s 8 trailer dropped today and we can’t. stop. watching. it. Unfortunately we have to wait until next June to see it, but that doesn’t mean we’re just going to sit over here stamping our feet like Veruca Salt. What are we doing? Assembling a crime team made up entirely of our favorite YA … Continued
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Akata Witch and 5 Other Books to Read if You Loved Black Panther

If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, stop reading this right now and go buy a ticket. If you have, and you’re craving more African fantasy, more girl inventors, or more badass female warriors, you’ve come to the right place. Black Panther truly had it all–a beautiful African-inspired setting, a power struggle between two princes, an all female army, … Continued
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8 Book Recommendations from Alwyn Hamilton for Your LAST JEDI Hangover

Alwyn Hamilton, author of the Rebel of the Sands series and one of our resident Star Wars enthusiasts, has blessed us with a list of books to read after seeing The Last Jedi, because we know it’s hard to go on with life after you’ve seen it. Never fear, we’ve got exactly what you need right … Continued
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