We sit down with two local authors who publish fiction for young adults. 

Charles Benoit is the author of Snow Job. Does who you are in high school brand you for life? Nick sure hopes not. It's senior year, and he has decided that his loser friends may be going nowhere fast, but he "isn't." Instead, Nick has created the perfect list of rules for remaking his life. But meeting dark-eyed Dawn and hanging out with teen thug Zod are nowhere on that list. And making illegal deliveries "definitely" isn't on it. So why is Nick caught up with these people and their dangerous schemes? Will Nick's list help him to be a hero or turn him into a fall guy? Benoit's teen novels include Cold Calls, Snow Job, Fall from Grace and You, an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. A former high school teacher, Charles is also the Edgar-nominated author of three adult mysteries. He lives in Rochester, New York.

Linda Sue Park is the author of Forest of Wonders and Yaks Yak. 

Forest of Wonders is a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation. Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa's experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions including his own might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home. 

  Yaks Yak presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same. A chart listing the words, their meanings, and their history is included. Ideal for sharing, this book offers a sprightly and fanciful introduction to a fun form of wordplay. Born in Illinois, Ms. Park has also lived in California, England, and Ireland. She and her husband, a journalist, now live in Rochester, New York, and have two grown children. 

We close out our 2016 Summer Book Week with conversations about young adult literature. Organizers and attendees of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest join us to talk about what's trending in YA fiction, which authors are making waves, and how teens can get involved in local reading and writing events. Our guests:

  • Stephanie Squicciarini, founder and director of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest, and young adult librarian at Fairport Public Library
  • Beth Puckett, founding member of the Rochester Teen Book Fest, and library media specialist at Monroe 1 BOCES
  • Hannah Olin, author and graduating senior at Fairport High School
  • Alexis Taranto, member of the Greater Teen Book Fest’s Write and Draw On Group, and member  the Teen Advisory Board at Fairport Public Library
  • Claire Molinich, member of the Teen Advisory Board at Fairport Public Library

NEW YORK (AP)  Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The result stunned investors, who reacted by rushing to the safety of gold and U.S. government bonds as they wondered what will come next for Britain, Europe and the global economy. 

U.S. stocks gave up all their gains from earlier in the year. The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 611.21 points, or 3.4 percent, to 17,399.86. The Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 76.02 points, or 3.6 percent, to 2,037.70. Both indexes took their biggest loss since August.

Sanders Begins Next Phase Tour in New York

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, made the second stop in his ‘where do we go from here’ tour in Albany Friday afternoon- where he told a small but loyal group of supporters that he’ll fight to get key items into the national Democratic Party platform, including a nationwide $15 minimum wage, and has been in talks with Hillary Clinton’s campaign over a greater focus on progressive issues.

Britons in Rochester React to Brexit

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Some local Brits are reacting to England’s vote to leave the European Union.

The Old Toad English-style pub and restaurant recruits students from England each year.

Telford, England native Zach Botfield says he was shocked to hear the results of the vote.

“I knew it was going to be close, but I didn’t think it would sway that way, and I woke up this morning to BBC news, adds on my phone popping up saying Britain have left the EU, and I was shocked,” he said.

Since the referendum isn’t legally binding, Botfield is hoping Britain will stay in the EU.

Several blocks from the site of a mass shooting on Genesee Street last summer, Rochester teens are inviting the community to embrace their neighborhood and address the root causes of violence.

More than 150 youth and other community members are gathering at Wilson Foundation Academy at 200 Genesee Street today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event is hosted by youth organizers from Teen Empowerment. 

19-year old Raekwon Manigault, one of three people killed in last summer's shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club, was a former youth organizer with Teen Empowerment.

First hour: Trends in young adult literature

Second hour: Local authors who write young adult literature

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

Pro Soccer is returning to Frontier Field in July, even if it's just one match. The Western New York Flash will play their home game in a National Women's Soccer League match on July 9th at 7pm against the Seattle Reign at that stadium.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring pro soccer at its highest level back to Frontier Field,” said Rich Randall, General Manager of the Flash.  “It’s a special place that will bring back countless memories for soccer fans in Rochester.  I’d like to personally thank the Red Wings staff for being so accommodating.”

The 15th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival gets underway Friday.

John Nugent and Marc Iacona produce the festival.

Iacona says the jazz fest has certainly grown from its early years, but he says this isn’t all about the size of the crowds…he says they’re more focused on providing a quality experience for the people who attend.