Showing posts from October, 2015

The Bible and the Search for Self in Two YA Novels

After reading, and loving, DEVOTED in preparation for a writing retreat, something joggled in my brain and I pulled a title from my sorrily epic TBR pile: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST . What a read-beside pair! Both titles deal with teen girls who feel that they don't fit--perhaps cannot exist--within the moral and social confines of their communities. In, THE MISEDUCATION..., Cam is a scrappy, only-child orphan living in a highly traditional Minnesota ranching town with her unmarried aunt and diabetic grandmother. And, she is a lesbian. In, DEVOTED, Rachel is one of 10 children in a fundamentalist Texan family, lead by her father, and guided by the pastor of the Christian church they faithfully attend. And, she dreams of being more than a wife and "helpmeet" after high school. Both Cam and Rachel are reviled for the things that make them different, which leads them to feel the pull of love for family members pushing against the need to become their most c

It's Teen Read Week

In support of this year's theme, "Get Away," (and also because I'm preparing for a writing retreat) I am reading DEVOTED by Jennifer Matthieu, the story of a teen girl growing up in community of religious fundamentalists. For me, it is a getaway in two ways. 1-As a reader, I am visiting a world that is unlike my own. 2-Rachel, the main character, is struggling with the question of whether the boundaries of her world feel too tight. Are you reading a GET AWAY book this week? Hope it's a great one! Learn more at YALSA's Teen Read website  here or, if you're a Pinterest person, here !

My Literary Assistant Cannot Keep Up



Leaves falling from the trees and fleecy sweaters being pulled from the shelves signal to me the start of my very favorite writing season. There's so much to learn and to celebrate. Here's a great way to keep your writing moment this October! STUDIES IN PLOTTING FOCUS ON MYSTERY & HORROR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM the second Woodinville Library's FREE series of writing workshops will be taught by the inimitable SCBWI-er ROYCE BUCKINGHAM DETAILS: For grades 7 to adult. Studies in Plotting: Focus on Mystery & Horror. Come armed with your favorite scary or suspenseful novel. Discuss what "grabs" us about these books, the components of a great mystery, and what ALL writers can learn about plotting from this format. REGISTRATION  is preferred but not required (though clicking the registration link will also lead you to more details). This class is going to be amazing!
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