Showing posts from March, 2015

Exploring Form in Contemporary YA - Three Titles to Consider

March brings us three fascinating new books that move away from the popular first-person-present and linear narrative formats so popular in YA literature these days (my own included, so that's not a dis!). Sarah Tomp's second-person POV tells the story of a misguided moonshine-selling plan in  MY BEST EVERYTHING . Jo Knowles's latest novel,  READ BETWEEN THE LINES , unfolds via a series of narrators in the course of a single day. And Noval Ren Suma's  THE WALLS AROUND US  evolves through two narrative voices to reveal the story of a third, now-dead, girl. Stretch your reading muscles and get inspired to experiment with literary form with these three fascinating titles!


As we hover on the brink of spring, still battling March's wet chill, here are two newly-published YA psychological thrillers featuring complex sister relationships. Might be an interesting paired read. Especially with something hot to drink and a blanket to huddle beneath. VANISHING GIRLS  TWISTED FATE

It's YALSA Teen Tech Week!

I love this annual initiative focused on using the breadth of resources available at libraries. My own technical skills are limited, but I truly enjoy blogging and designing swag for my books. Not sure what I'm going to make this week. Suggestions? For more information from savvier people than myself,  visit the  YALSA TEEN TECH WEEK  site!

Why writing is like skiing

So, you know when you ride a lift up to the TOP OF THE WORLD? You look around at the sky and the valley and the snow all around you? Then you realize you have to ski down? Make that your writing day today. Take a breath and ride up to the sky of your imagination. Put your fingers on the keyboard. Now, get yourself down!

Meet THE DICKENS MIRROR author Ilsa J. Bick - from Egmont's Last YA List

As a serious Anglophile, I was beyond thrilled at the opportunity to celebrate the amazing Ilsa J. Bick's latest YA horror, THE DICKENS MIRROR. The novel follows Emma Lindsay from the snowy chaos of WHITE SPACE to an an alternate Victorian London featuring not only the notorious Bedlam, but a very creepy version of one of my very favorite authors, Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle. Events complex and terrifying continue Emma's journey to the heart of an incredible question: Are we real? I'm not giving away any spoilers, or answers. That said,  today, I have the pleasure of sharing this interview with a very real Ilsa right here at the blog! 1. After the post-apocalyptic setting of the Ashes trilogy, what inspired you to take the second Dark Passages novel to an alternate Victorian London?  Well, because that’s where the story led me.  A very wise writer once told me never to do the same thing twice; to always try something new and push myself with every book.  It’s good advi
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