When I was in high school, I read Fran Arrick’s Steffie Can’t Come Out to Play (1978) more than once.
I even wrote a book report on it in the ninth grade, when the assigned reading included J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet and Robert Westall’s The Machine Gunners. (Wanted: female characters.)
Quite likely this story of [...]
How fully can an author inhabit an addict’s world and still spin a story coherent enough to engage the teen reader?
Margaret K. McElderry Books(Simon & Schuster Books), 2004
In the 1970′s, kids might have turned to the anonymously penned Go Ask Alice (1971), which was billed as an actual diary, but was actually [...]
At the beginning of the novel, where an epigraph might appear, is a note from the author, explaing that Uglies was shaped by a series of email exchanges between Scott Westerfeld and author Ted Chiang about his story “Liking What You See: A Documentary”.
At the end of Ted Chiang’s collection Stories of Your Life, [...]
Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Claudette Colvin, fifteen years old, stayed in her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
It was March 2, 1955, but in the intervening years, this story has been all-but-forgotten. Phillip Hoose‘s work is essential reading.
Based on fourteen lengthy [...]
When Penelope Lively was interviewed by Emma Donoghue in 2003, the author was tickled to have her books for children acknowledged; her writing for children was routinely dismissed and she explained that she now felt quite distanced from it.
The news of this dismissal shocked me because I came of age with The House in [...]
Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen. Published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
“There are definitely faster methods of making a picture, but few more enjoyable in a backwards sort of way.”
The artist was speaking of production, but the artwork is eminently [...]
Think there’s nothing in common between this year’s Giller Prize winner and Mélanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel series?
Take this quote from Lynn Coady’s Hellgoing: “You can only be vigilant, she thought, about a few things at a time. Otherwise it’s not vigilance anymore. It starts to be more like panic.”
Mélanie Watt takes her friend, [...]
“There were two moons last August — one that was almost full at the beginning when Mom was alive and our lives were normal, and then a big full cheater moon at the end, one that looked down so beautifully on the world when everything was awful and changed and never would be the same [...]
There are a number of ways in which one can get to know Emily Carr.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2003
First, for the bookish, via her own writing.
Klee Wick (1941), The Book of Small (1942), The House of All Sorts (1944), and, published posthumously, Growing Pains (1946), Pause (1953), The Heart of [...]
“I like telling stories of women who act on their passions.”
“I like these strong female characters.”
“When I talk with readers I feel an enormous appetite in women to explore both their strength and their emotional connectedness, which still tend not to be honoured in the dominant culture.”*
Any one of these statements would [...]