Q&A with Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman’s most recent book, If I Stay, follows 17 year old Mia in the aftermath of a car accident that kills her whole family and leaves her in a coma. Publisher’s Weekly has a great Q&A with Gayle.  Enjoy!

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Confess Your Biggest Screwup and Win!

Acknowledging that “we all make mistakes, sometimes big ones, sometimes small ones, sometimes hilarious ones,” K.L. Going wants readers to confess their biggest “screwups” in an online contest. Those interested in entering (it’s open to readers 12–up) can wrote a paragraph (or more) describing a mortifying or hilarious mistake and email it to the author. [...]

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King of the Screwups: A Novel

Liam is the popular, charismatic, drop-dead gorgeous son of a former supermodel and high powered CEO.  He’s got great fashion sense, developed over years with his mom on the high fashion circuit; a knack for connecting with people; and an engaging personality.  The trouble is he has no qualities his controlling, reserved, angry father respects.  [...]

Max Quigley: Technically Not a Bully

In James Roy’s Max Quigley: Technically Not a Bully, Australian 6th grader Max Quigley is the biggest kid at school. He and his mate Jared casually torment, tease, and bully just about everyone around them. He’s confident, self-centered, and completely clueless about how his behavior impacts other people.  He claims, repeatedly, not to be a bully [...]

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

“Vampires are meant to be glamorous and powerful, but I’m here to inform you that being a vampire is nothing like that. Not one bit. On the contrary, it’s like being stuck indoors with the flu watching daytime television, forever and ever.  If being a vampire were easy, there wouldn’t be a Reformed Vampire Support [...]

A Fangtastic Evening With Heather Brewer

PBC was thrilled to host a dinner for Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, last night.  We had about a dozen valley librarians join us for tasty food, delicious wine, and lots of great conversation about vampires, YA lit, and getting kids reading.  She’d spent the day at 3 Valley middle schools [...]

Thoughts on Language in YA Lit

I just finished my second read of John Barnes’ hilarious, gritty novel, tales of the MADMAN underground (it was too good to read only once!).  Barnes does a brilliant job of capturing the voices, struggles, insecurities and angst of his teen characters.  He creates a time  and place in life that adults can remember wading through and that [...]

tales of the MADMAN underground

Wednesday, September 5, 1973 is the first day of  Karl Shoemaker’s senior year of high school, and the first day of “Operation Be F-ing Normal.”  In John Barnes’ first novel for young readers, tales of the MADMAN underground, we’re on a sometimes painful, often hilarious, uncensored journey through the first six days of Karl’s senior year as he tries [...]

Thirteenth Child

In the first book in the new Frontier Magic trilogy, fantasy writer Patricia C.  Wredeintroduces Eff, the 13th child of a large magical family.  Wrede imagines an alternate history of world, where magic and magical creatures co-exist seemlessly with history as we know it. Eff’s twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh [...]

If I Stay

Gayle Forman’s newest novel, If I Stay, made my heart ache. Forman weaves 24 hours of linear time skillfully with the fluid memories of 17 year old Mia’s whole life as Mia’s body lies in a coma after her whole family has been tragically, suddenly killed in a car accident.  Mia’s last waking memory is [...]

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