Friday, October 2, 2015

Meet the New TBF Bloggers

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Hello TBF readers,

I hope you guys are excited about the TBF 2016 author updates! (Did you miss it? You can check them out here and here) I'm here to introduce to you to three new TBF bloggers who will be sharing their TBF reads with you. Please give a warm welcome to Theresa, Bridget and Meg!

Hi everyone! My name is Theresa and I’ll be proudly blogging for TBF! I’m a senior in high school and have been attending the Teen Book Festival since 2012. I’ve been volunteering at TBF coming on 4 years. I love reading all kinds of genres but I particularly enjoy fantasy. This will be my first year working on the blog and I can’t wait to share all these great books with you!

I'm Bridget and I am a high school senior. I have been volunteering at TBF for five years and it has been so fun! I love to read realistic and historical fiction as well as dystopian novels.

My name is Meg and I'm a senior! I've gone to TBF (almost) every year since sixth grade whether as a volunteer or an attendee. I love to read fantasy, particularly high fantasy and I love TBF because every year I find new authors to read and enjoy!

Elizabeth, Victoria and myself will be continuing blogging and share with you all the books we read throughout the year!

Be sure to check out the blog next week because I will be posting the first book review of the year!

See you all next week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

More TBF 2016 Author News

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Hello readers!

I hope you all are having a great start to the school year! I am here today to share with you more authors who will be attending TBF 2016 (in case you missed it, TBF 2016 will be held on May 14th, 2016).
  • Tim Ferderle: author of Better Nate Than Ever, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and The Great American Whatever     *The Great American Whatever will be released March 2016*
  • Harriet Reuter Hapgood: young adult debut author of The Square Root of Summer     *The Square Root of Summer will be released May 2016*
  • Kekla Magoon: author of The Rock and the River duology, Camo Girl, How It Went Down, 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order) and Shadows of Sherwood
  • Ridley Pearson: author of the Kingdom Keepers series
  • Steve Sheinkin: nonfiction young adult (the first in TBF history!) of The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon and Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
  • Jessica Spotswood: author of the Born Wicked trilogy and Wild Swans    *Wild Swans will be released April 2016*
  • Robin Talley: author of Lies We Tell Ourselves and What We Left Behind     *What We Left Behind will be released October 27th*
  • Scott Westerfeld (YES, you saw that correctly): author of the Uglies trilogy, the Leviathan series, Afterworlds and the Zeroes series
  • Suzanne Young: author of the A Need So Beautiful series, The Program series and Hotel Ruby     *Hotel Ruby will be released November 3rd*
Also I want to remind all of you about the George Eastman House Photo Finish 5K. Some wonderful people have volunteered to run including some TBF Committee Members, the TBF President Stephanie Squicciarini and our very own TBF author Charles Benoit. Please consider sponsoring or even running in support of TBF! Here is where you can sponsor a runner and here is where you can sign up to run!

Be sure to check out the blog on September 30th as I will be introducing new TBF bloggers and again October 7th for the first book review of the year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TBF 2016 Author News

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Hello TBF readers!

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and reading a lot! First, TBF 2016 will be on May 14th, 2016 so mark your calendars. Second, authors are already confirmed for TBF 2016! Here is the list so far:
  • Jesse Andrews: author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (which recently became a movie adaptation so check out the trailer here)
  • Cathleen Bell Davitt: author of Slipping, Little Blog on the Prairie and I Remember You
  • Charles Benoit: author of You, Fall From Grace, Cold Calls and Snow Job      *Snow Job will be released March 1st, 2016*
  • Ellen Hopkins: author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, Rumble and Traffick      *Traffick, the sequel to Tricks will be released November 3rd*
  • A.S. King: author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Everybody Sees the Ants, Ask the Passengers, Reality Boy, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future and I Crawl Through It      *I Crawl Through It will be released September 22*
  • Mercedes Lackey: author of the Valdemar Universe (which consist of over a dozen books) and so much more that you should check it out here.
  • Carolyn Mackler: author of The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things, the V Valentine series, Tangled, The Future of Us (co-written by TBF Alumni Jay Asher), Best Friend Next Door and Infinite in Between      *Infinite in Between will be released September 1st*
  • Tamora Pierce: author of The Song of the Lioness series, The Immortals series, The Circle of Magic series and so much more that you should check it out right here.
  • Gary Schmidt: author of Anson's Way, Straw Into Gold, Trouble, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, The Wednesday Wars, Okay For Now, What Came From the Stars and Orbiting Jupiter
  • Alan Sitomer: author of The Hoopster series and The Nerd Girls series
  • Janet B. Taylor: debut author of Into the Dim      *This high anticipated book will be released March 1st, 2016*
  • Terry Trueman: TBF mascot and author of Stuck In Neutral, Life Happens Next, Inside Out, Cruise Control, No Right Turn, 7 Days at the Hot Corner and Hurricane
There will be more authors announced in the next few months!

That's it for today! Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


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How AWESOME was this weekend?! I am still living in a daze, feeling super happy and excited. I promise to do a recap of this fantastic weekend but I feel like there are a lot of thank you's that need to be said (Fair warning: there will be several exclamation points throughout this blog post).

THANK YOU to all of the TBF 2015 authors who came! Thank you for traveling great distances to come to Rochester, possibly getting jet-lagged along the way. Thank you for waking up early in the morning and being great sports and participating in the Truth or Talent game. Thank you for answering our burning questions, inspiring and encouraging us. Thank you for signing our books and getting up and down to take pictures with us. Thank you for coming to Rochester for TBF! It meant THE WORLD to us. We hope you enjoyed coming as much as we loved having you here and will come back to Rochester in the future!

THANK YOU to the publishers! Thank you for sending your wonderfully talented authors to Rochester! We hope you know how much TBF means to us and when you send authors to Rochester, our dreams of meeting our favorite authors come true! Also we hope that you will continue to send more of your authors to Rochester in the future! We love them all!

THANK YOU to all of sponsors! TBF would not be a free event if you weren't for your support! We love TBF and we hope you will continue to support this wonderful festival!

THANK YOU to all of our TBF volunteers! There were over 250 volunteers this year and without you guys, TBF would not have ran so smoothly as it did!

THANK YOU to all of the attendees who came! Thank you for travelling to Rochester. TBF is meant for you guys and by you coming back each year, you make this event super successful. This year, we had over 3,500 attendees which is record-breaking! We love TBF as much as you do! We hope you guys will come back for TBF 2016!

THANK YOU to TBF Committee! Most people don't realize it but you guys work on TBF year-round. The TBF Committee started to plan for TBF 2016 the day after TBF 2015. There are too many things to thank you for that it would take a separate blog post. So THANK YOU. I think you guys deserve a group spa day!

THANK YOU Stephanie Squicciarini! You guys, Stephanie is the heart and soul behind TBF. I am amazed by her energy and devotion towards TBF. Think about all the memories, the laughs and the smiles we shared at the festival. That wouldn't have happened if it weren't for this incredible woman. We can't thank you enough, Stephanie. TBF would not exist if it weren't for you. We look forward to TBF every year and quite a few of us are counting down the days for the next festival already. Please know that your efforts toward TBF are very appreciated!

In case you missed it, TBF 2016 will be held on May 21, 2016! We hope all of you will attend!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

TBF News


TBF is sad to report that, unfortunately, Sarah J. Maas cannot be with us this year.  Sarah fell while on tour, seriously injuring her knee and she has to get home to see a doctor.  We all hope Sarah is feeling better and heals quickly so she can continue her tour for her now BESTSELLING book, A Court of Throne and Roses!  It hit the list last night!  Congrats to Sarah and TBF hopes that she will be with us for TBF 2016. 
TBF 2015 still promises to be an epic and butt-kicking event with 29 freakin' AMAZING authors coming to spend the day with us!  And Sarah is going to try to record a video that we can share with you during the author sessions with Cinda Willams Chima!
Also you do not want to miss TBF Committee member, Sabrina getting her head shaved at the Opening Author Panel! It's going to be crazy!
Here is the TBF map and schedule in case you missed it!
And I happy to announce that TBF 2016 will be held on May 21, 2016! So mark your calendar readers!
We are all looking forward to see you guys this Saturday! Can you believe?!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review: Relic by Heather Terrell

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Hey, readers!

Only 3 more days until TBF! I don’t know about you, but I’m super super excited to finally meet all our amazing authors. And since you still have a few days left, why not pick up one last TBF book before the festival – Heather Terrell’s Relic!

Eva and her family live on a desolate Arctic island and are only able to survive through the safety of the Aerie. Every generation, young people are chosen to go through the Testing, an arduous journey and competition to discover ancient Relics within the ice, Relics that tell them the stories of how humanity fell long ago. Eva’s brother was supposed to compete, but after his death during a climbing accident, she decides to take his place – and thereby become the first female Testor in over a century.

But Eva's journey won't be easy at all – after all, it is fairly common for Testors to die. She has to traverse days of frozen wasteland with only the supplies she carries with her, and once she gets to the Testing site, excavation is just as dangerous. And on top of that, she's not sure who she can trust -- especially once she realizes that her brother's death might not have been an accident. Will she survive? And if she does, what will she discover?

I loved Relic so so much. The story is incredibly captivating, and it pulls you in from the first few pages. I was skeptical of the world-building at first, but it ended up being marvelous and as realistic as you can get. Heather Terrell writes Eva with such a convincing voice that the reader is transported into her world and can barely manage to stay away until the novel is finished. I'd totally recommend Relic to anyone interested in dystopias or sci-fi, or anyone who's looking for a great adventure book. You won't be disappointed!

Happy reading!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tidbits on Meeting Your Favorite TBF Author

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Oh my gosh! Only 5 days until TBF!

I’m SO excited for TBF! What about you guys?!

At TBF, our authors are the celebrities so it’s perfectly normal to be star-stuck when you come face-to-face with the authors. When I first started coming to TBF, I was extremely nervous about meeting my favorite authors. After being an attendee at TBF for six years and being an author assistant volunteer for four years, I slowly got used to being around them and talking to them. Trust me; there are still some moments when I get tongue-tied around them. So in this blog post I will share with you some tidbits on what to do when you meet an author.
1. Be yourself 
This is golden. Authors really enjoy interacting with their fans so be yourself.
2. It’s okay to fangirl/fanboy in the presence of an author 
My definition of fangirling/fanboying consists of these sentences:
  • “Oh my gosh! Hi [Insert Author’s name]! I can’t believe I’m finally meeting you!”
  •  “I love books! I love the characters! I LOVE YOU!”
  • “You’re my favorite author! Oh my gosh! Hi!”
  • “Hi! May I please worship the ground you walk on because YOU’RE AMAZING?!”
Yep, I have done this on several accounts. I think authors love it when they meet fans who are just as excited to meet them as they are. They love to know how much you love their books because they pour their heart and soul into them.
3. It’s okay to address them by their first names
You don’t have to address them by “Mister” or “Miss” but you can if you want. I usually address them by their first names. You may have noticed looking at our TBF author line up that there is A.S. King and G. Neri. Do I say “Hey A.S.!” or “Hey G!”? Here’s a little tidbit: A.S. King’s name is Amy and G. Neri’s name is Greg. I do not recommend addressing an author by a nickname that you came up with. However there is one exception (that I know) to this rule. TBF author, Heather Brewer, calls herself “Auntie Heather” (and her fans are called minions). I’m sure it’s okay if you call her “Auntie Heather” since she calls herself that.
4. Be polite
It is NEVER okay to tell any author that you hated their book or hated the ending to a book. It’s not nice and it’s just rude. Plus, if an author does get that sort of comment, the chances of them coming back to TBF are slim to none. They might tell their authors friends that the fans they encountered at this book festival in Rochester NY are not very nice and then those author friends will not want to come. We don’t want that! We love every author that comes to TBF and we want TBF to continue for the many years to come!
5. Have fun!
If you ask authors who write for both adult and teen audiences, they probably will say that they love interacting more with teens than adults. Terry Trueman told me that he loves teen readers because they are fun, friendly and interesting. I’m sure if you ask authors things outside of the book world, they would respond positively.
Are you guys excited to meet our 30 fantastic authors?! I certainly am!
Share who you’re most looking forward to meeting at TBF using the hashtag #ROCTBF2015!