Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everybody! This weekend I’ll be at the NESCBWI conference, one of my favorite writing events of the year–inspiring keynotes, fun workshops, and lots of writerly bonding. Let’s get the weekend off to a literary start with a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or under.

ReadingBehind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
The romance is swoony, but all the relationships (family and friends included) felt so real.

Writing: “The first thing you feel when you turn is hungry.”
A new story is in the works for the Hanging Garden on Monday! One hint: vampires.

 

Check It Out

Libraries are the best–free books, movies, games and music; cool events like readings and musical performances; helpful resources; free internet; meeting spaces; and more for patrons.

And of course, librarians are the coolest, like when they put together a fun Taylor Swift-inspired video all about how great libraries are. From the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library for National Library Week:

I already practically skip when I leave the library with an armful of books. Now I’m going to have to hold back from singing, “Check it out!”

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m especially psyched that it’s Friday because Monday is Patriot’s Day, aka Marathon Monday, and the Boston Marathon is my very favorite sports-related event. (Okay, pretty much the only sports event I care about.) Let’s get the weekend started with a little look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or fewer.

ReadingBoxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Beautifully constructed look at a dark moment in Chinese history. Honest but hopeful.

Writing: “Do you think you could fight a coyote?” “What do I look like, a roadrunner?”
Things happen on a road trip.

Links Galore

Sorry for the blog silence over the last couple weeks! Here are lots of good links I’ve been hoarding:

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, guys! It’s the last Friday in March, and although we’re ending with a little more lion than lamb, I’m psyched to get closer and closer to real spring. In the meantime, let’s kick off the weekend with a little look at what I’ve been reading and writing.

ReadingBlackbringer by Laini Taylor
Adventurous faeries plus Taylor’s lush writing equals the cure for drab winter.

Writing: “I keep reaching for light switches that aren’t there.”
From my latest hanging story up at the Hanging Garden, about the sea and selkies and rescuing yourself.

Links Galore

A few cool links for your Thursday:

The Chance You Won’t Return is a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year!

I’m so excited to share that the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education has chosen The Chance You Won’t Return as a best book of the 2014! About the selection:

The Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes. Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.

Also so thrilled to see The Chance You Won’t Return on this list with several other YA novels from 2014 that I loved, like Sekret, We Were Liars, Pointe, and Side Effects May Vary. Being recognized with so many wonderful books makes it even more special.

A huge thank you to the  Children’s Book Committee for this honor and all their hard work and thoughtfulness in connecting readers of all ages with excellent books.