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PBS wants to keep Millennials Reading | The Great American Read and It’s Lit!

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“Kids don’t read books anymore…”

I’m sure I am not the only one who runs into this pushback on a regular basis. While it’s a common assumption that kids today prefer their digital devices over reading books, but research has actually shown that Millennials are more well-read than earlier generations and read more books per year!

But the battle continues to keep our kids reading, especially during the summer months, and this applies to the YA crowd as well.

Long-standing children and adult programming giant PBS also know that Young Adult Fiction (YA) is dominating literature, and more young people are reading now than ever before.

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With this in mind, these brilliant artists of the airwaves have created something special for Millennials called, It’s Lit! You may have heard about The Great American Read, a new multi-platform series from PBS. This series, hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, introduces viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGovAmerica’s favorite novels.

Well, part of The Great American Read series in the new and innovative It’s Lit!

Created as a YA summer video essay series hosted by Lindsay Ellis that explores books in a new way for young adults that helps them to discover classics and other great reads. It’s the Great American Read, with a Young Adult twist.

In a nutshell, It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays about favorite YA books, old and new.

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Follow the series on PBS here or search this hashtag on Twitter#GreatReadPBS

Another fun part of this series is how Lindsay delves into topics like the evolution of YA, how science fiction mirrors our own anxieties, and why the book is sometimes just “a bit” better than the movie.
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Episodes are already live with more to come soon. I adore how this series working to dispell the “kids don’t read anymore” while providing an innovative way for YA readers to “dive deep” into the books and topics they love. To learn more about PBS’ It’s LIT!, visit them here or check out Lindsey’s Facebook page here.


If a spellbinding  and “edge of your chair” novel is what you seek, you will LOVE the much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials’ runaway YA hit, Ascension. Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and its already bringing in raves reviews.

“Gripping until the very end.”Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia

“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl

Clandestine by Hannah Rials
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.
She is guarded constantly, separated from her best friend Anne, and desperate for any word from Eli and the witches. Meanwhile, her cousin Lilith has discovered that Cheyenne possesses all four vampiric abilities—unheard of for a Deuxsang—and intends to use her in the Ascending’s rebellious scheme.
At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind.
Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies.

Pre-order Clandestine HERE (release date: July 21, 2018)

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