Does The Mortal Instruments Flop Mark the End of the Supernatural…

There have been no shortage of schadenfreude-triggering box office flops this summer, but The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones weekend stumble to an approximately $9.3 million haul initially seems like a mystery. Weren’t Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments books really popular? Doesn’t the story of an angst-ridden… » 8/25/13 6:00pm 8/25/13 6:00pm

Carole Geithner’s YA Novel Sounds Like Harry Potter, Minus All the…

What was your favorite part of the Harry Potter saga? Was it the delightfully rich and textured universe of mythical creatures author J.K. Rowling created? Maybe, though, you don't go for the frivolous stuff, and your favorite moments came in the early books, when Harry was living under the stairs at his aunt and… » 5/28/12 11:00am 5/28/12 11:00am

Cheaper By The Dozen, Belles On Their Toes: Mother Knows Best

Welcome back to 'Fine Lines', the Friday feature in which we give a sentimental, sometimes-critical, far more wizened look at the children's and YA books we loved in our youth. This week, guest writer and novelist Laura Lippman takes on two books, 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'Belles on their Toes', and - Sweetheart, get … » 9/12/08 3:00pm 9/12/08 3:00pm

Cliques Push Brand-Obsessed Teens • Queen Of Hip Hop Soul Starts…

Tween Clique books link popularity/boys with brand name items. Prepare for disappointment, 7th graders of America! • Texas graverobbing teens and one adult make bong out of child's skull. • Professional British wedding planner doesn't believe in marriage. • People spend almost $2,000 a year on "pissed-off purchases," one … » 5/09/08 5:40pm 5/09/08 5:40pm