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Tonight was a special night for book lovers - World Book Night!

For those of you who don’t know about this glorious occasion, you can read about it here. But to sum it up, volunteers across the nation pass out FREE books to people who wouldn’t normally pick up a book on their own. The goal was to spread the love of books and literacy across the nation! 

Some members of the teen community here in Oak Lawn decided to participate in this, so we took our 40 copies of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers in our cute little tote bags and set out across the street to pass out the joy of reading via new book smells and our master skills of persuasion. 

Starting in Starbucks and ending in an AT&T store, we were able to pass out every single copy of our books. Though our stereotypical teenage social awkwardness led us off to a shaky start, our first couple rejections actually made us determined to really sell the idea of reading. Others greeted us with the biggest smiles, excited that we were participating in something so simple yet heartwarming. The idea of giving out free books to strangers was a surprise to many, and maybe that’s why some of them were caught off guard and rushed to turn down the opportunity. However, the more openminded, admitting they weren’t readers, took the book anyways with a ‘maybe’, because how could you turn down a couple of passionate teenagers giving you a free chance to explore a new world? 

Sure, there’s no guarantee that every single person will pick up that book and read it; But our only hope is that, out of those 40, at least a couple will be spending their night cracking open their new story and feeling a bit lucky that they ran into us. Perhaps some will rediscover their old love for reading while others will be experiencing it for their very first time. 

And that is why we did what we did tonight. We walked across streets with stacks of glossy paperbacks piled high in our hands, we ran around the train tracks yelling about free books, we wanted to spread the love of literacy. We interrupted young women, old women, old men, young boys, mothers, fathers, teens, skaters, workers, patrons, all lost in their day-to-day routine. We did this to give them a break from their mundane lives and introduce them to a new pastime that could change their lives, just like it has changed ours. 


We all have our favorite anime show – whether it’s PokémonDragon Ball Z, or any one of the many others. But what if Harry Potter was an anime?

YouTube channel Nacho Punch has created a Harry Potter anime parody that has us wishing we were watching the book series on our televisions on Saturday mornings.

This parody, titled “Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure,” begins when the boy wizard first receives his scar and quickly runs through a couple of his highlights in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. There are appearances from characters like Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, and Voldemort (who receives a Terminator twist).

Watch the video at Hypable.com

It’s everything you never knew you wanted.

"The greatest magical event of the year."

(via youngadultread)


Shakespeare With a Twist - celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday this month with some modern retellings of his work.

OLD SCHOOL               NEW TWIST

Hamlet                         Something Rotten by Alan Gratz

                                    Hamlet by John Marsden

                                    A Girl, a Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills

                                         by Lizabeth Zindel

Romeo and Juliet        Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

                                    Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

                                    When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

MacBeth                     Something Wicked by Alan Gratz

                                   Lady MacBeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

                                   Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney


The (Beanbag) Iron Throne

Only one can chill on the throne, brah.

new teen space decor?



explodingdog is the best



explodingdog is the best


Literary Periods with a Timeline

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Because of Beyonce many young women are talking about feminism and hopefully young men because she has such a following. I have had young people in Nigeria who probably would have never heard of my TED talk without Beyonce and who are now talking about feminism.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via famousbeyoncefans)

Obsessed with the blog Famous Beyonce Fans

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(via rookiemag)

(via rookiemag)


We are (as if you couldn’t tell by our posts!) huge science fiction/dystopian fans here at PPL: we are tremendously excited for tomorrow’s visit with Mindy McGinnis, who’ll be talking about her dystopian novel Not a Drop to Drink

So of course we’re also thrilled that this year’s summer reading theme is Science! Here is a (very, very) brief guide to science fiction topics in some of our favorite YA reads. And to see these awesome book covers in full, click through the image to find our dedicated Pinterest board! 


Don’t Look Back is the newest novel from Jennifer L. Armentrout, filled with suspense and an unforgettable mystery, Don’t Look Back will keep you turning the page late into the night.

Your new novel, Don’t Look Back, is a departure from the type of novel you usually write. Why did you choose to write a suspense novel?

I love to read suspense novels, so I thought it would be fun to write a YA suspense. It was very different for me, but I really enjoyed writing it.

In the novel, your main character, Samantha, is found with no memory. What were the challenges of writing a character who didn’t know anything about herself? What was the fun of writing her?

It was difficult to find the voice of a character that doesn’t really have a personality because she’s lost all of her memories. I loved the challenge of finding her voice and I loved that her personality was so different from the Samantha that everyone knew before she disappeared.

Read the full interview and an excerpt at Hypable.com


Jo Hemlock, the main character in House of Ivy and Sorrow by nataliewhipple, is a smart, funny teen who has no problem hiding the fact that she’s a witch — until the Curse that killed her mother resurfaces, and her normal life and her secret one collide. 

Jo reminds us of some of our favourite witches in books, tv and movies, so we thought it’d be fun to list a few of them! 

1. Elphaba and Glinda, Wicked


2. Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch


3. Bonnie Bennett, The Vampire Diaries


4. The Halliwell Sisters, aka the Charmed Ones, Charmed


5. Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer


6. Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, The Craft


7. The Sanderson Sisters, Hocus Pocus 


8. Hermione Granger (obviously), Harry Potter


9. Sally and Gillian Owens, Practical Magic


10. Fiona Goode, American Horror Story: Coven 


11. The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, Dorothy Must Die 


12. Regina Mills, Once Upon A Time


Who are your fave fictional witches? 

Guys, what a time to be alive. 

It’s like virtual Austenland.