Author-Appreciation Week: Friday Five Excerpts

To end out the week, I’ve decided to go with the openings from five of my favorite books from childhood…a few of the ones still on my shelves. These stories got me started, and my appreciation for this is without bounds. Thanks again to Heidi R. Kling for setting up the week & Sara from […]

Author Appreciation Week: Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher has been writing for a while, probably longer than I’ve been actively reading YA (But I read FAST, so it’s like I’ve been reading it a lot longer!). I finally picked up a few of his books this past year, probably because my son is hitting his teens & I wanted to check […]

Author Appreciation Week: Arthur Ransome

“Roger, aged seven, and no longer the youngest of the family, ran in wide zigzags, to and fro, across the steep field that sloped up from the lake to Holly Howe, the farm where they were staying for part of the summer holidays. He ran until he nearly reached the hedge by the footpath, then […]

Author Appreciation Week: Terry Pratchett

If you go to the bookstore and ask for directions to the Terry Pratchett books, you’re likely to be sent to at least two, of not more, sections. Some will be in the science-fiction/fantasy world, some will be on the new-book shelves, and some will definitely be in the YA section. Which means that, when […]

Author Appreciation Week: Laurie Halse Anderson

Have you read Wintergirls? Speak? Any of Laurie Halse Anderson’s other YA novels? If you have, then you’re going to understand immediately what I’ll be talking about in this post. If you haven’t yet, well go ahead and read the post, then head out and pick up one of Laurie’s books. For me, Laurie Halse […]

Author Appreciation Week–I’m In

  Heidi R. Kling, author of the forthcoming YA novel Sea, has declared this week author appreciation week. Who am I to argue with something that sounds fun, is obviously a wonderful cause, and gets me out of thinking of other blog topics this week? You can read Heidi’s no-rules rules here, and decide whether […]