This month's Author Takeover comes from Joshua Khan, author of "Shadow Magic", out this month from Scholastic UK. "Shadow Magic" takes the idea of the Chosen One and flips it on its head…what if you were the dark side’s Chosen One?

This month's Author Takeover, on defiant voices, comes from Italian author Manuela Salvi, author of the bold and important novel "Girl Detached". Banned for "strong content" in her home country, the text has now been translated into English by Denise Muir and published by Bucket List Books. Like Harry Potter, Manuela knows what it is like to ask for her voice and the truth to be heard when it seems like society and the media have turned a…

This month's Author Takeover comes from our YALC Gryffindor Head of House, Non Pratt, author of "Trouble, Remix" and her latest novella with Barrington Stoke, "Unboxed". "Unboxed" is about four teenagers who reunite after the passing of a close friend. In her Author Takeover, Non turns her eye for complicated friendships to some of our most beloved "Potter" characters.

This month's Author Takeover comes from the fantastic Louise Gornall, whose inspiring and honest first book, "Under Rose-Tainted Skies", is released this week. This is an important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD. Discover the ways that Louise sees the personal magic and strength you demonstrate in living with mental health issues.

This month's Author Takeover comes from wonderful debut author Rosalind Jana, whose first book Notes on Being Teenage was released in the UK this past weekend. Aside from writing, Rosalind has just finished her degree at Oxford University and runs a successful blog on everything "from the psychology of colour to feminism and the media." As such it is clear which character in the Harry Potter series serves as a mirror to …

This month's Author Takeover comes from Sue Wallman, whose first novel, "Lying About Last Summer", is published today. When those around you are prone to lying, whom can you trust?

Our April Author Takeover comes from debut author Michelle Osgood, whose novel "The Better to Kiss You With" will be published by Interlude Press later this month. Michelle developed her writing in fandom communities and joins a family of authors who have made their way into Interlude's ranks through the realm of popular fan fiction. Not only are these titles fantastic examples of writing with an understanding of fan culture and interests…

We read and loved the new book "The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle" by Janet Fox, so we're delighted to be a part of Janet's Blog Tour promoting the book! Today we'll be sharing our exclusive interview with Janet!

This month's Author Takeover comes from Eve Ainsworth on the eve of the publication of her second novel, "Crush". We all know that love is a powerful tool in the "Potter" world, be that tangled teenage emotions, first kisses, broken friendships, or family frays. In "Crush", Ainsworth explores what happens when the darkness takes over. Love can hurt. But should it hurt this much?

This week's Author Takeover explores the power of an ancient, elemental kind of magic that forms the background to our understanding of magical worlds today. After all, there would be no "Avada Kedavra" without "Abra Kedabra" and no magic words at all without the Djinni of old. Alywn Hamilton, author of the brand new YA novel "Rebel of the Sands", writes about her journey through "Potter" and how it helped to release the genie of fantasy …

Book Review: “The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory” by Stacy Wakefield
Book Reviews / May 5, 2015

I’ll say right off—I absolutely loved "The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory" by Stacy Wakefield! The novel chronicles a young woman’s adventures in squatting in New York City in the mid-1990s. Our protagonist is Sid, practical and daring, who decides to become a part of the city’s bustling squatting scene rather than go to college. The only problem—Manhattan is full. If she wants to find an empty building, she’ll have to venture in…

Author Takeover: Destiny and ceremony
Author Takeover / May 1, 2015

This month we've got a double Takeover with two fantastic authors writing for us about their experiences crafting novels in a post-"Potter" world. Both were fans of "Potter" who have turned to writing and used their love of the series within their writing, consciously or subconsciously. First we welcome Lucy Hounsom at the end of her blog tour for her fantasy novel, "Starborn".

Book Review: “The Sin Eater’s Daughter” by Melinda Salisbury
Book Reviews / April 27, 2015

"The Sin Eater’s Daughter"> by Melinda Salisbury was a thoroughly enjoyable read—one of my favorites recently. Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives at court as Duanen Embodied, the living embodiment of a goddess. Her touch is poison, and it is her responsibility to mete out punishment to traitors of the kingdom. As you might have guessed, Twylla’s life isn’t awesome, but it improves somewhat with the arrival of Lief, her new guard. …

Book Review: “The Mark of the Thief” by Jennifer Nielsen
Book Reviews / April 14, 2015

"The Mark of the Thief" by Jennifer Nielsen follows the adventures of Nic, an escaped slave in ancient Rome who learns he has been gifted magical powers from the gods. Quite on accident, he steals a bulla (a medallion-like seal) that used to belong to Caesar, befriends a griffin, and makes enemies of many of the most powerful men in Rome.

Book Review: “Playing a Part” by Daria Wilke
Book Reviews / April 5, 2015

"Playing a Part" by Daria Wilke claims to be the first Russian-language young adult novel to be translated and published in English, and there could hardly be a more timely topic for the book to address—the coming of age of a young gay man in Moscow.

Book Review: “Minecraft Blockopedia”
Book Reviews / April 3, 2015

I’ll admit straight off that I’m a Minecraft dabbler, but after selling dozens of Scholastic’s Minecraft handbooks to eager kids at the bookstore I work for, I knew I wanted to check out the newly released "Blockopedia", the ULTIMATE guide to Minecraft.

Book Review: “When My Heart Was Wicked” by Tricia Stirling
Book Reviews / April 2, 2015

"When My Heart Was Wicked" is a fascinating exploration of a troubled mother-daughter relationship, with just a tad of magic thrown in. The story focuses on 16-year-old Lacy, whose father has recently passed away. After his death, her unreliable mother Cheyenne waltzes unwelcome back into Lacy’s life, forcing her to move away from her beloved stepmother, school, and friends. Beyond losing everything she cares about, Lacy harbors…