1. teensy hiatus

    Hi all -

    I haven’t taken a break in… A WHILE, and I have lots of stuff planned over the next few weeks, including a stint at the LA SCBWI Summer Conference! Come say hi if you will be theeeeeere.

    All this to say that this blog will be taking a little nap for a bit. Not too long. I’ll probably post sporadically over the next few weeks. Then I’ll be back!

    Kisses!

  2. wearetatal:

    We’re starting our trip back in time with teen reviewer Libby’s look at Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

    The Diviners by Libba Bray is an odd but compelling combination of 1920’s thriller and supernatural powers. Its a mystery with all sorts of secrets, drama, murder, jazz, and intrigue. Evie O’Neal is moving to New York City from her hometown in Ohio. Its 1926, and she couldn’t be more excited for her big city adventure. Except that once she arrives, she finds that things may not be as great as they seem. First she finds herself living with her Uncle Will, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, also known as the Museum of Creepy Crawlies. The city is being rocked by a sensational series of strange and ritualistic killings, and Uncle Will is called in to consult. Evie might be able to help, but only if she reveals a secret supernatural power she doesn’t entirely understand. As the hunt for the killer escalates, Evie discovers that Uncle Will and her new friends may also have secrets of their own. Can they stop the killer from creating anymore chaos? Is the killer even human?

    The Diviners is mostly Evie’s story, but there are chapters of the book that are from the perspectives of other New Yorkers who are dealing with their own supernatural experiences. Memphis has dreams he can’t explain. Jerecho has a mysterious medical condition. Their pieces of the story add more layers to the overall plot and serve as a great setup for the sequel, “Lair of Dreams,” which is set to come out in 2015.

    This book was the creepiest thing I’d read in a long time. I started it in the middle of the afternoon, and couldn’t put it down. By the time I finished, it was two in the morning and I was the only one awake in a dark and silent house and I didn’t think I’d ever sleep properly again. The writing is vivid, which makes all the little details pop out, even when they’re terrifying. Its clear Libba Bray did her research, and the mythology is consistent and blends into the reality of Evie’s world. While I did find some of the 1920’s expressions off-putting, the details and the mystery were more than enough to make up for it. The characters are relatable, the killer is the definition of evil, and the adventure is exciting. I recommend reading
    The Diviners with the lights on.

    Read More:

    Up and Coming: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    You Oughta Be In Pictures: The Diviners by Libba Bray

    A Very YA Halloween

  3. bookriot:

    In the summertime I always return to her books, probably because many of them are set during the summer, in the fictional North Carolina beach town called Colby. When I moved to New York more than three years ago, I would pick up a Sarah Dessen book whenever I felt too homesick – and still do that today. I can feel the uncomfortable Southern humidity curling my hair and the gritty sand on the soles of my feet as I read her books, and the intricacies of small town or island-life become real the deeper I fall into the story.

    from My Sarah Dessen Obsession by Jaime Herndon

  4. weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    #WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, try The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani because both have massive world-building, mysterious villains, and a malevolent tournament at its climax.

  5. The older I got, the more often I met girls who were living the stories I wanted, the stories that taught me how to make my own life in their image: girls who hopped trains, hitchhiked alone across continents, vagabonded through other countries, bicycled solo for thousands of miles, wandered without company through wildernesses. But for the most part, those girls’ stories—our stories—are left off the printed page. We get dragons, sure; we can be sorceresses and princesses, witches and swordswomen, assassins and vampires and robber brides and queens. Sometimes we even get to be monsters. But a girl whose heart’s too big for her body, a girl whose whole self says go out the door and keep going—that girl’s still got to write her own book.

    So I did.
  6. aprihop:

    behindthebloom:

    It’s all the covers for our new YA books for winter 2015, all in one place—including your first-ever look at the cover for Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You! And don’t think this is all we’ve got. There’s one more super special reveal coming this Thursday right here!

    count me in for THIS SIDE OF HOME, a novel that appears to involve gentrification and its impact on families and relationships. helllooOOOOO.

    and for emery lord’s next because open road summer was exactly the book i needed at exactly the right time. 

  7. weneeddiversebooks:

Have you seen the awesome diverse cover for hannahmosk's next book, NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED? Brown girl front and center. Here's the blurb:

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.
Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

    weneeddiversebooks:

    Have you seen the awesome diverse cover for hannahmosk's next book, NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED? Brown girl front and center. Here's the blurb:

    Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.


    Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself? 

    The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

  8. owning-my-truth:

"Motherfuckers will read a book that is 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we’re taking over." Junot Diaz to the interview questions, "Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?"
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    owning-my-truth:

    "Motherfuckers will read a book that is 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we’re taking over." Junot Diaz to the interview questions, "Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?"

    (via lorimlee)

  9. Kody Keplinger interviews April Henry + GIRL, STOLEN giveaway! | Disability in Kidlit

    disabilityinkidlit:

    As a blind woman (and formerly a blind teenager), I’ve found it very difficult – damn near impossible – to find books that accurately portray blind characters. This is why April Henry’s Girl, Stolen was such a pleasant surprise for me. The main character, Cheyenne, is a teenager who lost most of her sight a few years prior to the events of the story. One day she is in the backseat of her stepmother’s car when it is stolen by a teenage boy named Griffin, who might be in just as much danger as Cheyenne when they return to his father’s house.

    Cheyenne is a well-researched, well-written example of blindness. It’s not her whole life, though it is a part of it. She’s not always bitter and angry about her disability, but she’s not constantly cheerful either. She uses what little vision she has in a way that felt very real to me. And, as a guide dog user myself, her anxiety over not having her guide dog with her during these horrifying events felt very authentic. I was so impressed that I had interview April Henry–New York Times-bestselling author of nearly 20 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults!–about creating Cheyenne and the story of Girl, Stolen.”

    [read the interview!]

    In honor of Disability in Kidlit's one-year anniversary, you have a chance to win a signed copy of April Henry’s YA contemporary novel Girl, Stolen, featuring a blind protagonist. Simply leave a comment on the WordPress post or reblog this Tumblr post. (Yes, doing both increases your chances!) In one week, we’ll select a single winner from one of these locations. This giveaway is limited to US addresses.