Mike was eight when his father died in the war in Afghanistan. But now, just weeks before his sixteenth birthday, someone starts sending him letters his dad wrote before he died, filled with stories and wisdom he didn’t get to share in life. Each letter gives Mike a… #fiction #youngadult
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I’m hard to get excited about things. And I am very aware that a novel that takes 18 months to write is going to have days when you’re excited and days when it’s a grind and days when you wish you had a proper job that didn’t involve putting words down on paper.
I always think something’s a good idea when I decide to do it, though. And I try to remember that on the grind days.
My stars. I’ll try to remember this.
Out today! NOT VERY SCARY, written by Carol Brendler, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.
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You don’t have to sell your soul for a good book — well, not in the Teen Room, at any rate.
We do take coffee, though. And crullers.
Demons in the library, and beyond!
MuggleNet Blog Book Review: If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy
If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy is a rare breed of YA novel: one written for young men. The novel follows sixteen-year-old Mike, whose family is barely making ends meet seven years after the death of his father fighting in Afghanistan. When he least expects it, he begins receiving letters written to him by his father before his death.
We’ve seen dozens, if not hundreds, of videos for the ice bucket challenge for ALS.
An entire generation has grown up often missing their loved ones who were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. They have grown up under the difficult demands of service and sacrifice, and they deserve to know why. My new novel IF YOU’RE READING THIS is released today. It’s my best attempt…
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Book jacket illustration for Burning Nation (Divided We Fall Book 2) published by Scholastic and Art Directed by Chris Stengel.
"This summer, the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island is hosting an exhibition about Bryan’s life and 70-year career as a painter, poet, children’s book illustrator and puppet maker. The exhibition, “A Visit with Ashley Bryan,” is on view through Sept. 20. It encompasses Bryan’s array of creative expression.
It also serves as a precursor to what friends and family hope will be a permanent study center dedicated not just to Bryan’s art, but his approach to life, which his friends describe as joyful and absent of cynicism.”
—Bob Keyes, Author and Illustrator Ashley Bryan comes of age
How three YA authors found parallels to the tragedy unfolding in #Ferguson in their works of fiction