Now That You Mention It

April 11, 2018 by

bookNora never would have thought that she would return to her hometown after fleeing it for college and med school. But after being hit by a car and breaking up with her boyfriend, she finds herself moving back into her mother’s house on Scupper Island in Maine. Nora’s younger sister Lily is in jail in Seattle for selling drugs, so Nora’s teenage niece Poe is living in the house as well. Even as Nora tries to befriend Poe, her niece wants no part of her, her mother is not the sympathetic type, and Nora fights desperately to avoid backsliding into her childhood role of feeling like a loser. Kristina Higgins injects the novel with some great moments of humor, and Nora’s struggles are very relatable. The plot includes a love story as well and is a light read for anyone who craves a little escapism.

The Creative Life

April 9, 2018 by

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!

Let Me Lie

April 4, 2018 by

bookClare Mackintosh is the queen of the psychological thriller. She has penned another very suspenseful mystery centered around the protagonist Anna Johnson, who has lost both her parents to suicide. Or so she believes, until a note is left in her mailbox telling her to rethink that verdict. Clare takes the note seriously, relating her story to a front desk retired detective at the local police station. Murray the retired detective begins to quietly dig into the files of Clare’s parents, bouncing his ideas off his wife, who has mental issues of her own. The further he delves, the more he discovers that the note may have been correct. The twists and turns of the novel will keep you hooked, right up to the finish line. Another winner by Mackintosh.

Russell Freedman

April 3, 2018 by

Children’s author, Russell Freedman, died March 16th at the age of 88 in New York.

He has written over 60 non-fiction books and won the Newbery Medal in 1988 for ‘Lincoln.’ Mr. Freedman’s books took on less well-known subjects as well as more popular topics, such as “Eleanor Roosevelt,” “Immigrant Kids,” “Buffalo Hunt,” “Children of the Great Depression,” “Becoming Ben Franklin,” “Angel Island,” “The Wright Brothers,” and “Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor.” No matter the subject, Freedman’s books were always well-written, well-researched and accompanied by great photographs. I always knew to trust his information which was well described in his extensive bibliographies and end notes.  I always purchased his books for my school library knowing they would be impeccably written and a beautiful work of art.

Barbara Wesba

April 1, 2018 by

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

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