TIME Magazine has named John Green to their Top 100! Check out the lovely profile written by The Fault In Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley, in which she says, "John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories." High-res

TIME Magazine has named John Green to their Top 100! Check out the lovely profile written by The Fault In Our Stars actress Shailene Woodley, in which she says, "John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories."

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Like the Royal Wedding, for instance. Perfect hat-appropriate occasion! Even if you’re only watching it on TV…

Just waiting for Prince Harry to get married so we can take our fascinators for a spin!

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Like the Royal Wedding, for instance. Perfect hat-appropriate occasion! Even if you’re only watching it on TV…

Just waiting for Prince Harry to get married so we can take our fascinators for a spin!

We love TV show recaps, especially when they’re for our favorite series! We are readers after all—watching TV is apparently not enough for us. :) We’re so excited and proud to welcome our own Morgan Rhodes, author of Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring, as our Game of Thrones guest recapper! 

Game of Thrones 4.3 – Breaker of Chains
Recap by Morgan Rhodes

1) We start right where we left off and Cersei is looking for people to blame for her son’s death. Really, it could be anyone.

2) Cersei is literally the only person actually mourning Joffrey.

3) Jaime plays the part of “good father” to Tommen before his character completely unravels. Seriously. Character development out the window in less than a minute. Apparently this is much different from what happened in the books and a lot of fans are furious. What were the writers thinking?

4) Tyrion is in the dungeon, accused of Joffrey’s murder, but selflessly doesn’t want to bring anyone down with him.

5) Margaery laments about her bad luck with husbands.

6) Lady Olenna speaks the truth.

7) Sansa escapes into the dubious safety of Baelish’s ship. I’m sure his intentions are totally pure, right? *sarcasm*

8) Daario gets deliciously cocky when he volunteers to kick some butt for Dany.

9) Dany does some recruiting.

Some of the episode’s best quotes:

“If they found you, how do you think they’d punish the girl who killed the king?” —Baelish

“Your brother was not a wise king. Your brother was not a good king. Perhaps if he was he’d still be alive.” —Tywin

“How many Starks they got to behead before you figure it out?” —The Hound

“When it comes to war, I fight for Dome. When it comes to love, I don’t choose sides.” —Oberyn

“I would like to think if I were arranging a royal assassination I’d plan it in such a way that I wouldn’t be standing there gawking like a fool when the king died.” —Tyrion

Catch Game of Thrones Sunday nights at 9 PM on HBO and visitwww.FallingKingdoms.com for more about Morgan’s series!

Today we welcome Molly Idle to Penguin Teen Meet the Illustrator! Author and illustrator of the wonderfully whimsical Tea Rex and new Camp Rex, Molly captures the pure joy of childhood in vivid color and bumbling dinosaurs (a favorite combination of ours). Read more to find out where Molly works and the retro sources of inspiration for Camp Rex!

Name: Molly Idle

Book: Camp Rex

Date Available: April 22, 2014

What media and materials do you use to create your illustrations? Pencil and Paper.  I like to keep things simple, and it doesn’t get much more simple than that!  But to be more specific, all of my illustrations are created using Prismacolor pencils on vellum finish Bristol. 

What’s your favorite color and why? My favorite color changes almost constantly depending upon the project I’m working on… At the moment, I’m infatuated with a 1940s, retro looking, sea-foam green. Gorgeous!

Who’s your favorite artist or illustrator, living or dead and why? That’s a toughie… so I’m going to pick two.  I’d say two of my favorite artists are Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. They were both animators, two of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men”. They often worked on characters that worked together in their films (Bambi and Thumper, The Three Good Fairies in Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee…)  Their line-work looks effortless, and their drawings breathed life into the characters they created on the screen!

Where do you do your work? I work in a workshop/studio space built in our backyard- I’ve got all the necessities: lighting, layout space, pencils, paper, rubber erasers, rubber chicken…

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Aside from the text of Camp Rex, where did you find inspiration for your illustrations? I looked into camping and wilderness guides created around the turn of the 20th century. There weren’t many references to recreational camping prior to that. I mean, roughing it wasn’t a vacation then, it was a way of life.  Only when most everyone had modern day conveniences, like electricity and indoor plumbing, did trying to do without them seem like “fun”!

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Thanks, Molly! We hope there are more dinosaur adventures to come!

You can find Molly on her website and Twitter.

Order Camp Rex from your favorite retailer here, and Tea Rex here.