Focus On Youth – Teens!

The Louisiana Book Festival is committed to promoting a love of reading and writing among all ages. Teens are no exception! This is your chance to visit presentations and discussions led by your favorite young adult authors to learn about their latest works. You may even pick up a few writing tips! Fun crafts and activities will take place in the Teen HQ area as well.

Also be sure to attend the Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award ceremony.

Claudia Gray will discuss her novel Spellcaster and the Evernight series. In Spellcaster, young witch Nadia moves with her family to Captive's Sound, where a powerful spell is at work. She falls in love with Mateo, a native yet misfit of Captive's Sound, who is doomed to insanity according to local legend. Nadia and Mateo learn a catastrophe that would imperil their town is approaching. Although they are increasingly pulled apart, the two must act on their foresight and break a curse to save Captive's Sound.

Ashley Elston will discuss The Rules for Disappearing, whichfollows Meg, a teenager who has lived as six different people in six different places under witness protection. She questions her father for months about what he did or saw to warrant this, but he remains silent. Meg partners with Ethan, a smart farm boy who senses something is awry, to find out what happened. Their search for answers proves dangerous and reduces their goal to mere survival.

Kristen Landon will discuss The Limit, the 2013 LYRCA honor book for 6th to 8th grades. The Limit is the story of Matt Dunston, a 13-year-old who is sent to a workhouse by the Federal Debt Rehabilitation Agency after his parents go over the government-mandated spending limit. Matt's intelligence enables him to live on the luxurious Top Floor of the workhouse. While Matt initially enjoys his Top Floor lifestyle, he learns his sister also works in the facility and suffers from seizures. With help from his clever friends, Matt decides it's time the workhouse's secrets are uncovered.

Leah Rae Miller will discuss The Summer I Became a Nerd, the story of 17-year-old cheerleader Maddie who carefully guards a secret interest in comic books, which she only indulges in during the summer. The rest of the year, she hides her inner nerd behind a popular girl fa├žade. Maddie unintentionally lets her secret out in front of Logan, who works at the local comic shop. He introduces her to comic conventions and video games, which she loves but realizes endangers her image.

Aimee Agresti will discuss Illuminate and Infatuate. Illuminate is the first book of the Gilded Wings series and is about Haven Terra and her friends who intern at a stylish Chicago hotel. There, they meet and must resist The Outfit, a group who cooperate with the hotel owner to buy souls. In Infatuate, the group travels to New Orleans, where they meet some violent devils called the Krewe while training to receive their angel wings.

Join us at the festival for a Skype visit to England with Paula Morris, author of Ruined and Unbroken.

Stay tuned for a schedule listing these authors' events!

Teen HQ will launch this year as a space for teens featuring book-related activities. Located in the rear of the first floor of the State Library, Teen HQ will host a scavenger hunt, hourly raffles, trivia sessions and crafts. Be sure to check it out!

Manuel Gonzales will lead a half-day WordShop for teens the day before the festival on writing horror, fantasy and science fiction based on everyday events. To learn more, visit our WordShops page.

Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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