As two teens get to know each other at the hospital that saved both their lives, they discover that, together, they may just be brave enough to reinvent their dreams.Read More
The key to finding that balance between over- and under-editing is to create enough distance between yourself and your work that you can come at it with an objective eye and a clear perspective.Read More
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Every once in a while (at least once a month) someone writes an article using one or two examples to cast judgment on all of young adult literature and all of its readers. Usually I just skim, sigh, and move on. But sometimes I’m compelled to jump up on my soapbox and respondRead More
The Fobisher men have been tending the river for generations, keeping it clear of ice and weeds and hauling corpses from its depths. As soon as Wulliam turns 16, he will become the new Riverkeep. But, just a few days before his birthday, Wull’s father is pulled underwater, and when he surfaces, he’s no longer himself. Wull sets out in search of the mysterious sea-dwelling creature that may hold the key to saving his father.Read More
The other day, I came across a scholarly article called, “What Reading Does for the Mind.” It’s an oldie, originally published in 1998 in a journal from the American Federation of Teachers. It discusses kids’ unique sponginess, and the notion that most of the vocabulary we develop when we’re young comes from exposure in our environment, rather than through direct instruction. But it goes a step further, suggesting that written word has a much greater influence than spoken on kids’ developing lexicons.Read More