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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Saturday, October 15 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
YA: It's Complicated

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Especially when you’re a teenager, relationships—whether with parents, siblings, or friends—are rarely straightforward. But the best stories reside amid the messiness, as these four accomplished novelists demonstrate with their latest works. In bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz’s Something in Between, an ambitious young woman discovers her parents have been keeping a monumental secret that may destroy her future. In Rebecca Podos’s debut, The Mystery of Hollow Places, a teenage girl also suspects her mystery-writer father is keeping something from her. Jordan Sonnenblick finds both humor and pathos amid the chaos of family life in Falling Over Sideways. Finally, Jennifer Niven pens an unconventional love story in Holding Up the Universe, about two young people whose life stories are anything but simple. Helping us make sense of these sticky situations is Ellie Moreton, who blogs about YA literature at By Ellie M.

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Ellie Moreton

Ellie Moreton is a YA novelist and blogger. She went to college for media arts and animation, where she got her bachelors degree before she found a job in accounting (yeah, weird) and also started to seriously read and write. She still doodles and draws on random scraps of papers, sticky notes, and whatever else is around. She currently resides right outside of Boston. Links: By Ellie M.

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Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is a bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages, including the #1 bestseller The Isle of the Lost, inspired by beloved Disney movies. Cruz is the author of the Blue Bloods series (with three million copies in print), the Beach Lane series, the Ashleys Project series, the Heart of Dread series, and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor... Read More →
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Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling author of eight books, including All the Bright Places, which was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the Goodreads 2015 Choice Award for best young fiction, and was named best book of the year by publications including TIME magazine, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the founder and publisher of Germ, a web-based magazine for teens. Holding Up the Universe is her second... Read More →
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Rebecca Podos

Rebecca Podos is a graduate of Emerson College’s MFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing program and represents young adult and middle grade fiction at Boston-based Rees Literary Agency. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, Bellow American Review, and Smokelong Quarterly, and she’s won prizes for her work including the Helman Award for Short Fiction and the Hillerman-McGarrity scholarship for creative writing... Read More →
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Jordan Sonnenblick

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of critically acclaimed novels for teens and young readers, including Notes from the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, and the Doger and Me series. His first novel, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, was published in 2005 as part of the “Go the Distance” literacy initiative, a collaboration between Muhammad Ali and Scholastic. His most recent work, Falling Over Sideways, earned starred... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Teen Central 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA