Archive for the ‘Popular’ Category

Thanksgiving Crazes: 7 Bizarre Real-life Hunger Games Facts

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Thanksgiving is about spending time with friends and family where people sometimes enjoy good entertainment. Recently, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie, has stirred up some interesting news like #MyHungerGames. Below I have listed 7 bizarre real-life Hunger Games facts.   

First Half of 2014: Young Audience Book Deals that are Published

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve been keeping track of daily book deals for Children to New Adult (NA) on Publisher’s Marketplace. The children’s category consists of the breakdown of three separate categories: Children (under age 8), Middle Grade (MG) ages 8-12, and Young Adult (YA) ages 13-17. The results are quite interesting. Which category do you […]

YA Authors on YouTube

Monday, June 30th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork YouTube is a strange and magical place where the talented can showcase their amazing skills such as putting on their pants with no hands. No really. There’s actually a video of a guy using his lower body to put on a pair of pants. Crazy, I know! See him in action below: 

YA Book Diversity

Monday, May 26th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Over the past several years, there have been recent discussions on the lack of diversity in children’s books. I find the topic to be interesting since most of the children being born in the U.S. today are minorities, including children born of mixed backgrounds. There’s a document that contains facts related to […]

2014 YA Movies Coming Soon…

Monday, April 28th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Some of the best YA movies are adaptations from novels. In the first half of 2014, Vampire Academy and Divergent were released in February and March. To my knowledge, there are only four YA movies left — the most popular is the box office hit, Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I can’t wait to see this one since […]

Spring Break Travel Trends 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork I’ve noticed a recent trend in bad cold weather jokes referencing the Disney movie, Frozen. Check out this parody: YouTube vid, Just Don’t Go. I’m sure there are plenty of other fun ones out there. I especially find the South versus the North snow day jokes in the US to be hilarious. […]

Best of 2013

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Since it’s the holidays and 2013 is almost over, I want to share some of the end of the year lists for best books, movies, and music. So, if you’re doing any last minute shopping, searching for ideas, or just want to see what’s out there because you know you’re receiving gift […]

Tricks or Treats?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Would you like tricks as in writing tips and/or treats as in a YA hardcover giveaway contest? Pick one: Tricks or Treats?

Top 10 Favorite YA Heroines

Monday, September 16th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork This list only includes Young Adult (YA) heroines of books written within this decade (2010-2013) that I’ve enjoyed reading so far. I’m sure there are plenty of other books that ought to make this list. Feel free to offer any recommendations.  Here’s my top 10 favorite YA heroines list (in no […]

YA Trends 2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Do you know what’s popular in Young Adult (YA) fiction? There are lots of opinions on the subject. According to Sarah Fisher at Pepperdine Magazine, “Vampires are done…After vampires, werewolves, and supernaturally strong girls saving a postapocalyptic planet had dominated pop culture since the late 2000s, publishers considered them at the point of […]