Archive | July 2013

Happy Book Birthday THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan and SALT by Helen Frost

The Weight of WaterSalt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of WarHappy Book Birthday to THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan and SALT by Helen Frost.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about THE WEIGHT OF WATER :

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.” “”””The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

And here’s what to expect with SALT by Helen Frost.

Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Congratulations Sarah and Helen!


What’s been happening in the Verse Novel world?

Guys, so sorry I’ve been so absent. Here are my excuses in order of importance – deadline. deadline. deadline. deadline. OH MY GOD my DEADLINE!!!!

Anyway, I have a few minutes today so I thought I’d post a few things that have been happening in Verse Novel land.

Well, the internet is alight with THE MARLOWE PAPERS by Ros Barber which won the prestigious Desmond Elliot Award. Congrats Ros!

The Marlowe Papers

Here’s a list of verse novels for adults from Mohawk Valley Community College Library

Ivy Book Bindings does some mini reviews of Lisa Schroeder’s verse novels, CHASING BROOKLYN and THE DAY BEFORE

YA LIT 101 are discussing verse novels this summer.

Cathy Ostlere did a special feature on Canadian verse novels. My novel is one of them!

Green Bean Teen Queen review’s Sonya Sones’s upcoming novel in verse TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST

A Year of Reading did a feature on novels in verse

Reflections on the Teche featured INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out & Back Again

And last but not least, here’s a neat new book trailer for Cathy Ostlere’s KARMA

VerseDay: Book Trailer Launch – AUDACIOUS

So I had big plans of making this VerseDay post all about all the great verse I found at ALA in Chicago, but as usual I came down with a cold and have been laying around feeling sorry for myself for two days.

Anyway, instead I thought I would take the opportunity to launch my new book trailer for AUDACIOUS. I hope you enjoy it.

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