Teen reviewers: take heed. This is great advice from one of the best magazines in the world.

theatlantic:

  1. Care about things. Show it. Be funny, barbed, and pointed when needed. Slick is easy; don’t be slick.
  2. Confidence and arrogance will both protect you when people yell at you. One is vital and one is poisonous.
  3. Learn to be your own devil’s advocate. Interrogate your own arguments. Interrogate your point of view.
  4. Successful writers can play loud and soft and can make a variety of harsh and gentle sounds, just like great musicians.
  5. Look at the people whose careers you admire and think about their paths. Don’t assume you want the fast lane.
  6. If you are read widely, you will get blowback, no matter what. Don’t let it paralyze you, but don’t reflexively blow it off.
  7. If you try to make your fortune creating controversy, then even if it works, you’ll be expected to keep doing it.
  8. Being young doesn’t make you dumb or smart, important or irrelevant. But you’ll be a different writer in 20 years.
  9. “Win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful.” Obey deadlines and house style.
  10. You are entitled to be wrong, to feel embarrassed, to feel like a jerk, and to keep writing anyway.

[as told by NPR’s Linda Holmes]

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We request your intellectual prowess in reviewing multitudinous books for our site. 
500 words, or the best you can do. Smart. Witty. Deep. Honest.
Payment: as many free books as you want.
Email reviews@mcnallyjackson.com immediately.

Hark! Teenage litfiends!

We request your intellectual prowess in reviewing multitudinous books for our site. 

500 words, or the best you can do. Smart. Witty. Deep. Honest.

Payment: as many free books as you want.

Email reviews@mcnallyjackson.com immediately.

Check out what the Atlantic is saying about our all-star teen reviewers! And what our all-stars are saying about their reviews. These are expert readers — and sharp critics.

CALLING ALL TEENS!

WE NEED 500-WORD REVIEWS OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS.

This means any of them can be yours for FREE. But you have to act fast! We only have one copy of each, and this deal is 

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

ALSO: You can only have your book if you promise to write for this here blog. We want to know what you really think of them. Your deepest, most honest literary feelings about these authors’ hard work. Under those circumstances…

You can have as many free books as you want (one at a time). So. 

Choose well, and when you have chosen, send an email to the address at the bottom of this list. Tell the person at the other end (her name is Sarah)

1. Your name (first name, last initial)

2. How old you are

3. Which book you want

GO.

- The White Glove War by Katie Crouch and Gray Hendrix (Pub 7/12)

- A World Away by Nancy Grossman (Pub 7/12)

- The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford (Pub 4/12)

- The Templeton Twins by Ellis Weiner (Pub 9/12)

- Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (Pub 7/12)

- Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon (Pub 9/12)

- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Pub 5/12)

- Unstoppable by Time Green (Pub 9/12)

- Belles by Jen Calonita (Pub 4/12)

- The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney (Pub 8/12)

- Messy by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan (Pub 6/12)

- A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger (Pub 6/12)

- The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver (Pub 9/12)

- Defiance by C. J. Redwine (Pub 9/12)

- The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann (Pub 9/12)

- Guys Read 3: The Sports Pages by Jon Scieszka (Pub 9/12)

- Beta by Rachel Cohn (Pub 10/12)

- Son by Lois Lowry (Pub 10/12)

- Survivors 1: The Empty City by Erin Hunter (Pub 9/12)

- Breathe by Sarah Crossan (Pub 10/12)

- What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang (Pub 9/12)

- A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (Pub 9/12)

- The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini (Pub 10/12)

- The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons (Pub 10/12)

- The Secret Prophecy by Herbie Brennan (Pub 11/12)

- Ungifted by Gordan Korman (Pub 9/12)

- The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech (Pub 9/12)

- Double Vision by F. T. Branley (10/12)

- The Turning by Francine Prose (10/12)

- Through to You by Emily Hainsworth (10/12)

- Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates (9/12)

- The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Pub 7/12)

- Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Pub 8/12)

- Sky High by Patricia Reilly Giff (Pub 10/12)

- All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin (Pub 10/12)

- The Orphan King: Book 1 by Sigmund Brouwer (Pub 7/12)

- Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore (Pub 9/12)

- Sacred by Elana K. Arnold (Pub 11/12)

- Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Pub 8/12)

- The Flappers: Diva by Jillian Larkin (Pub 7/12)

- The Drowned Vault by N. D. Wilson (Pub 9/12)

- Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green by Helen Phillips (Pub 11/12)


Have you chosen? GREAT! Send an email to: Sarah at gerard@mcnallyjackson.com. Your book will be holding behind the front desk in our store.

And don’t forget: we have new books coming in all the time. If you want to know what’s up for grabs, just check the blog or email us.

CALLING ALL TEENS!
HARK! TEEN REVIEWERS! McNally Jackson wants YOU(!) to review books for McNallyKids. Here’s how:
1. Come to the store
2. Get a free book
3. Tell us in 500 words what you think of it
4. Repeat
Anyone under 18 is welcome. Reviews will be posted to the McNallyKids blog and featured in our children’s newsletter. Email gerard@mcnallyjackson.com for info.
What are you reading?

CALLING ALL TEENS!

HARK! TEEN REVIEWERS! McNally Jackson wants YOU(!) to review books for McNallyKids. Here’s how:

  • 1. Come to the store
  • 2. Get a free book
  • 3. Tell us in 500 words what you think of it
  • 4. Repeat

Anyone under 18 is welcome. Reviews will be posted to the McNallyKids blog and featured in our children’s newsletter. Email gerard@mcnallyjackson.com for info.

What are you reading?