Writing


When I first read Kara Thomas’ LITTLE MONSTERS, I was blown away about how expertly the book was paced. Every chapter, it felt like important questions were answered, and even more important questions were raised. I never felt strung along, or like information was being withheld just to create more tension. And, for someone who has read a fair amount of mysteries, and is a fan of unreliable narrators, I didn’t spot how...

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Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. That’s why I’m excited to feature an interview with Barbara Saunders Sims, the owner of the thriving¬†Storybook Village in Pentwater, MI....

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HOLES remains one of my favorite books, and I’m definitely not alone: HOLES won not only the Newbery Medal, but also the National Book Award, along with over a dozen others. But HOLES is far from Louis Sachar‘s only masterpiece: he has written over twenty other books for kids and teens. Most recently, I read THE CARDTURNER, a book which contains the strong emotional heart I’ve come to expect from his work.  ...

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One of my favorite parts about Stefan Bachmann‘s writing is the beauty and imagination of his prose. Not only are his worlds so imaginative, but each character, each description, and each setting is infused with wonder. I first came across his work in THE PECULIAR, which I highly recommend. Bachmann has since published a sequel, THE WHATNOT, and a new title, A DROP OF NIGHT.   THE PECULIAR has received a number of fantastic...

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If you love creepy tales involving haunted locations, mysterious characters, and some VERY terrifying dolls, you have to check out Frozen Charlotte. Alex Bell’s YA horror is creepy all the way through, and it’s one that I recommend to anyone looking for a new story in this genre. Bonus? Today marks the release of Alex Bell’s prequel to Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says:   I had the privilege of asking Alex a...

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