Author Archive

All The Wind in the World

April 23, 2018

All the Wind in the World is a touching, dystopian(ish), magical realism (ish) novel about two main characters – Sarah Jac and James. The two of them have been working fields for years now harvesting the plant used to make tequila, trying to save up some money. They run from the last farm where they worked, only to come to another one, and while there, Sarah Jac makes a mistake that could cause them to be killed, so they jump on a train and run – to another farm.

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Sarah Jac and James are in love with each other, but they dare not let anyone know. Not after what they’ve seen happen to other couples who work the fields. So they tell everyone they are cousins, and do what they can to keep their love a secret while working to earn money to get away from all that, someone beautiful and happy, somewhere that will allow them to live together, wrapped in their love for one another, without ever having to stand out in a hot sun and work in a field ever again.

As they go about their days, trying to make things livable for themselves for the time, new obstacles arise -Sarah Jac is told that instead of doing the harvesting, she will be giving riding lessons to the daughter of the owner of the farm. At first, she doesn’t want to, but when she realizes that if she takes the job, it will mean less farming time and maybe even spending more time with James (who is looking into trying to get a job inside the house as well), she decides it might not be so bad.

However, when James starts spending more time with the sickly daughter of the owner, Sarah Jac is left to fend for herself…and it makes her wish they had decided not to keep their love a secret.

 

Filled with beautiful desert descriptions, full-bodied characters, and a complex sense of what is right and wrong in this world make for a wonderful (and unusual) story.

 

The Creative Life

April 9, 2018

I am always on the hunt for new podcasts and I have found a great one! This Creative Life with YA author Sara Zarr.  Each episode features an interview with Young adult authors, film-makers, illustrators, video-game creators, etc..

AND THEY ARE AMAZING. I am currently listening to the episode with Sarah Dessen. Click here to check out this amazing podcast and see if one of your favorite authors has an interview!

Barbara Wesba

April 1, 2018

Barbara Wesba, author of Young Adult books such as Tunes For A Small Harmonica, which were among the first to explore topics like alcoholism and same-sex relationships, died on Feb. 18 in Englewood, N.J. She was 85. Ms. Wersba began writing in the 1960s, and her work reflected the era’s new realism in literature for younger readers with stories no longer confined to intact nuclear families and sanitized goings-on like prom nights. Some of her frank themes generated criticism; others generated praise. These topics are common in YA novels today, but it is important to remember those who helped to shape the genre. 22wersba-1-blog427

Bad Romance

March 26, 2018

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios is a heart-wrenching look at abusive relationships and helps to explain how a smart young woman can become involved in one.

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The book is about Grace, whose homelife with her abusive, totalitarian step-father and her afraid, OCD suffering Mother drives her into the arms of Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Grace would do anything to escape the suffocating (and abusive) grip of her parents – but is Gavin really the way to do it?

Dear Evan Hansen

March 19, 2018

The popular six-time Tony Award Winning Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen is set to be adapted to a Young Adult novel this October! I haven’t seen the show but I find it interesting that a play is being made into a book.

The musical follows Evan Hansen, a lonely, anxiety-ridden high school student who finds himself drawn into a devastating lie after the death of one of his classmates. The show has been praised for its examination of grief, loneliness, and social isolation.

Keep you eyes open!


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