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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson to be a graphic novel!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is to be a graphic novel! What do you think? Will it be good? Is it still appropriate to teach to students?



August 1, 2013 · 9:05 pm

Review of Insurgent by Veronica Roth


One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. Continue reading

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Interview With Author Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor is the author of the book Ascendant, a book about protagonist Charlotte and her quest to find answers about her mother’s disappearance–and the strange mysteries that unfold the more answers she seeks. The book is YA, and a review will be coming to the blog soon, so stay tuned!


Many of my readers are aspiring authors themselves who are incredibly interested in the writing process through the lens of somebody successful in the field. What is the writing process like for you?

As always, I over think the question. On the larger level of “process” I keep a file of ideas. Things that catch my interest and that I find myself coming back to and daydreaming about. If I’m washing dishes and thinking of a particular story (events, setting, theme, secondary characters) I stop whatever physical act I’m doing to go and write those ideas down. I may never use them, I may never write that book, but these notes are wonderful to come back to. Currently I have two other files started for books that MAY be written when I finish the current one.

On the smaller level of “process” I’m thinking the day-to-day writing. I wish I could say that I write every day. I wish I WOULD write every day. Instead, I write most days. Like so many others, I work, I have a family, I have many other obligations that have nothing whatsoever to do with writing. I also, sometimes, procrastinate. It is very easy to use all those other very important things in your life as grand excuses for NOT writing—and I think that is a terrible thing. Never blame your family for why you are not writing. Having jobs and people in our lives who love us are gifts—not obligations that are simply keeping us from focusing on creative pursuits. When I’m not writing it’s because I’m avoiding having my butt in a chair long enough to get the process going—if I have time to watch TV, play internet games, Facebook and Twitter, I should have time to write.

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