“Why do you write for children?” My immediate response to this question is, “I don’t.” … If it’s not good enough for adults, it’s not good enough for children. If a book that is going to be marketed for children does not interest me, a grownup, then I am dishonoring the children for whom the book is intended, and I am dishonoring books. And words.–Madeleine L’Engle
Happy Friday, everyone! And happy September! Summer kind of flew by and, as you may have noticed, I’ve been a slightly delinquent blogger. Part of that was working on my WIP, which I finally finished! (Well, you know, I finished the draft, but that means diving into revisions and polishing everything up.)
But another part of that is being a little burnt out by stuff like the Friday Fifteen. Even bumping it down to five reviews a week instead of fifteen has been hard over the past few months. So I’m thinking–maybe it’s time to restructure Fridays a little. I’m toying with the idea of making the Friday Fifteen a biweekly or monthly post, and mixing in other recurring threads on the other Fridays.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. At least for today, we’ve got a regular Friday Fifteen. Onto the book reviews in fifteen words or fewer!
2. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Growing things takes dedication and patience. Which may be why I’m bad at gardening.
3. A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L’Engle
Not my favorite of the L’Engles. The Athenian setting stands out for me the most.
4. The Haunted House (Sweet Valley Twins #3) by Francine Pascal
Jessica thinks the new girl is a witch, is mean to her, surprising no one.
5. Good Enough by Paula Yoo
Sweet and funny and genuine. Special place in my heart for Patti’s church youth group.
Man, I am so behind on posting! Here are all the links I’ve been hoarding:
- At Ploughshares, I wrote about authors of literary fiction who have also written YA–with great success.
- I also shared my bookshelf confessions with the delightful Mackenzi Lee.
- London is for book lovers.
- Lots of great YA/children’s characters on this list of best parents in literature.
- Beautiful article by Gayle Forman about loss and how it resulted in her If I Stay.
- Classic YA novels that should be made into movies.
- What are your most memorable reads from school?
- Your therapist character shouldn’t suck.
- This semester: YA on the syllabus.
- Short stories for your 20s.
- Middle grade and young adult: not the same.
- Because no one can see the fancy cover of the hyper-literary book you’re reading on an e-reader.
- Growing up reading CS Lewis, and my new favorite Lewis story.
- A call for science fiction that uses technology for inspiration, for fear.
- If you can’t go on vacation this summer, some summer reading travels.
- I want to go to there.
- Cool interview with some cool librarians.
- Excellent post on sex in YA and what readers want from their reading experience.
- 10 things you don’t need to be a writer.
- YA authors play Sorting Hat for their characters.
Happy Friday, everyone! Time for a few book reviews in fifteen words or under. Onto the reviews!
2. Stories of Anton Chekhov Paperback by Anton Chekhov
People died, there was a dog. Read this in a really bad English class.
3. The Witch’s Eye by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Lynn finds Mrs. Tuggle’s glass eye, gets possessed by it. Scared me most in series.
4. Mary Anne’s Bad-Luck Mystery (The Baby-Sitters Club, #17) by Ann M. Martin
Mary Anne would totally be the person to forward all the forwards.
5. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
How did this woman not get fired all the time?
Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already the first of August. My brain is still back in June. Let’s catch up with some fifteen-word (or fewer) book reviews.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, #1) by Joss Whedon
Only season 8 graphic novel I’ve tried. Weird to see the characters after the finale.
3. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Brilliant. One of the YAs I recommend to people who don’t think YA is literary.
4. Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Fifty Really Short Stories ed. by Jerome Stern
Read in a class I took on flash fiction. Some were a couple of paragraphs.
5. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
One of those books that you remember and think “Oh, that was kind of racist.”
The past week has been super hectic, but I’m psyched to be writing today’s Friday Fifteen. Onto the micro-book-reviews! Happy weekend, everyone.
2. Powerful Paleo Superfoods: The Best Primal-Friendly Foods for Burning Fat, Building Muscle and Optimal Health by Heather Connell and Julia Maranan
I don’t follow Paleo, but great recipes based on real food. Hello, blackberry-glazed salmon!
3. The Ghost at Dawn’s House (The Baby-Sitters Club, #9) by Ann M. Martin
Dawn’s house has a secret passageway, making me jealous forever.
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
I would have devoured this even if I didn’t read for the 48-hour book challenge.
5. Dubliners by James Joyce
Ashamed to admit that I don’t remember much of these famous stories. Should try again.
Lots of link-y goodness:
- Fictional holidays are my favorite; I’d add Harry Potter’s birthday to that list.
- I love a good boarding school book.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reads and recommends YA.
- The financial reality of being a writer.
- Things people say to YA writers–in fact, some of my favorite YA writers!.
- Defending Fanny Price.
- Everyone loves A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
- The amazing Aisha Saeed launches “Ramadan Reads.”
- You’ll meet at least one of these annoying writer types in any given workshop.
- “Keep your eyes on your own paper.”
- How much author visits cost.
- Don’t forget to pack your summer vacation reading.
- Famous actors, famous poetry.
- Meet Livia! Have you picked up your copy of Midnight Thief yet?