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When Fiction Meets Current Events

It's hard to miss the heart-renching reports on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, it's on the news, all over Tumblr, author's are tweeting and fundraising for it, all trying to get the word out. Here's a list of Young Adult books, originally compiled by Stackedbooks, that may give you a better understanding of the lives of refugees and those who have fled their homes in search of a better, safer life. Below are just a few of the titles Stacedbooks highlights. Click the link to see more. Find or order titles in store and start a conversation today.


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New Editions of Old Favorites

It's a big day for a couple of our favorite YA/ Children's classics! Both Twilight and Harry Potter have been re-released with something a little extra.

On the 10th Anniversary of the wildly popular Twilight,  this special edition is returning with "the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer... this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes."   See more at Hachette Book Group. This special edition hit's stores today.

And of course, the first of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone has been updated with an illustrated edition.The beautiful illustrations of artist Jim Kay add even more magic to the pages of the beloved story. Get yours in store today!

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Leigh Bardugo Interview!

"Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box."


Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha Trilogy, set out on her book tour this week, but was nice enough to answer a few questions about her new book Six of Crows, which takes place in the same universe as the original trilogy.

Q: In Six of Crows, you write from multiple characters’ points of view, was it difficult to develop a different voice for each character?

A: Some characters stepped on stage talking very loudly. Others were a little bit more coy. It usually takes a couple of drafts for me to really settle into a voice the way I want to. Music really helps with that too. Whenever I wrote Kaz's chapters, I'd cue up "Sinister Kid" by the Black Keys.

Q: Who was your favorite character to write?

A: Oh, definitely Matthias. He's just so intense about everything—very formal, very dedicated to remaining in control, but with all of these emotions he has no idea what to do with.

Q: Did you struggle with deciding which POV to write an event through or did it flow naturally?

A: For the most part, it was a pretty organic process. The first draft—and it was extremely rough—came together very quickly, and when I would reach the end of a scene, it was as if another character would step forward and say, "Oh, I've got this." 

Q: There are so many pieces working together in Six of Crows to create the crazy twists and turns, how did you keep it all straight?

A: By any means necessary. I wrote in Scrivener and Word. I outlined. I wrote longhand. I made charts on a whiteboard. I even put the big heist sequence in my Google calendar in fifteen minute increments. Writing a heist is like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle when you've never seen the front of the box. 

Q: If Six of Crows were made into a film, who would you like to see cast?

A: This is always such a hard question! I've seen readers cast Joseph Gordon Levitt and Cillian Murphy as Kaz and I like both of those options. I think Kat Dennings and Hayley Atwell could both bring something special to Nina. Anthony Mackie would be great as Jesper. Nidhi Sunil was cast as Inej in a fanmade trailer and she looks very much the way I imagined Inej, though I don't know if she can act.

Q: Is it weird seeing Tumblr posts about your books?

A: Depends on the post. Do you know how long it took me to figure out the cinnamon roll meme?

Q: If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?

A: Probably J.K. Rowling. I feel like she would be just as delightful as she seems, intimidating but kind. Also, she has a castle. But if I could go back in time, Diana Wynne Jones.

Q: Do you have an ideal writing atmosphere?

A: I love writing retreats. I am never more productive than when I'm in a room full of other writers, all of us tapping away on our laptops, and occasionally sticking our heads up to ask if anyone wants coffee. A good view helps too. I was just at a house that was right on the sand. All you could hear was the waves. We'd work all day, then go jump in the sea. It was perfect.

Q: Coffee or Tea?


Six of Crows was released today, September 29th, and is available to purchase in store! If you want to learn more about Leigh and Six of Crows, stop by Books Inc Opera Plaza on Oct. 4th at 2 p.m. for an author presentation, book signing, and a fun scavenger hunt!

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Stages of Reading Six of Crows

Finally getting my hands on an Early Reader edition of Six of Crows:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 1:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 2:

Reading Six of Crows Stage 3:

Finishing Six of Crows and realizing you read it in two days and now have a year to wait for the next one:

Realizing you have an event with Leigh Bardugo on October 4th:

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