Today’s bibliophiles can correspond much more easily with their favorite authors than those growing up decades ago. Authors not only have web sites, but also use MySpace and Facebook pages to publicize their books and stay in touch with their fans.
Those working with teenagers today should acquaint themselves with the sites of the most popular YA authors and share them with their students/patrons.
You could spend DAYS browsing through all the YA author sites out there! Here are just a few examples of YA authors’ web presence:
Highlights: See the Twilight movie trailer, listen to playlists she created for writing and reading the Twilight series books, read the partial draft of Midnight Sun (the book that was illegally posted on the Internet and is now on hold).
Highlights: Homicide Meets Mr. Gold Medal – the script to a short play written by Korman published in Scope magazine, Top Ten Questions where Korman answers fans’ questions, and a Message Board.
Highlights: links to book trailers, Teacher’s Guides to accompany some of her books, FAQ’s.
Highlights: Wow! Too much to pick from. This is a must-visit site.
Highlights: Book Club information, Reader’s Guide for The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, and the author’s blog (she admits she’s a bad blogger).
Highlights: Copper Sun resources, Study Guides for many of her books, For New Teachers (Draper was an award winning teacher and offers great advice), Homework Helper which answers a plethora of questions about Draper to help with student research, and The Paper Draper Project – Draper is offering the few remaining Author Visit in a Box kits free (you pay the $35.00 shipping) to schools, libraries, and classroom teachers.
Highlights: Bio and Reviews.
Highlights: Play the Artemis Fowl Inner Circle game, discuss books on the Message Board, and hear an audio announcement from the author about a new book.
Highlights: Video clips of the author discussing the books and characters, Study Guides for two of her books, link to the author’s blog.
Highlights: Meg’s Diary, Message Board, pages on each of her books with reviews and book excerpts.
Highlights: Anagrams, Blog, Famous Last Words.
Some popular characters also have official sites:
Georgia Nicolson (Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging heroine)
Some popular series have official sites:
Gemma Doyle Trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and A Sweet, Far Thing)
The sky’s the limit on finding all the YA author, book, and character sites on the ‘net. What are some of your favorite ones?
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