Eva Perry Writer’s Workshop with David Gill

October 19, 2012

Author David Gill be visiting the Eva Perry Library on Thursday, October 25, 2012, to do a writing workshop for teens in grades 6-12 at 7 p.m.  David Gill is the author of Soul EnchiladaBlack Hole Sun, and his most recent title, Invisible Sun.  If you are interested in participating in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) or just like to write and want some great practical tips on bringing your ideas to life, David Gill is a great resource.  He has done writing workshops for the library system before, and there are always well thought out.  Teen writers leave with very practical tips on how to move ideas from your mind onto paper.

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Little Red…

October 4, 2012

I love how many new interpretations of the fairy tales are around right now-from Grimm on television to Snow White and the Huntsman movie to BOOKS (!). These reinventions brings us back to childhood, but in a whole new gory/mind-bending way. I recently started reading Maria Tatar‘s history of the Grimm Brothers and found it fascinating. Here are some other books to explore (with links to the author’s websites): Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

February 6, 2012

I’d like you to meet my good friend Alex. He’s really just like you and me. He’s seventeen. He’s a high school student. He has a crush on one of his teachers.  Sometimes he does the right thing, and sometimes he just messes things up.  He writes down everything in his diary and… I read it. Actually, that’s how I know so much about him.

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Mind Over Matter. Or the Other Way Around.

November 23, 2011

Have you ever had that itching feeling? The one where you’re on the edge of some momentous discovery or creation, an instant before a breakthrough, so close that a heavenly choir is preparing to sing in the background? If you’re anything like me, that instant-before moment is right about when you lose your train of thought.

The other night I was doodling my own book cover for Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Everything was going well, the  images were flowing freely from my mind to my pencil to the paper. My fingertips were throbbing, but it was that pleasant soreness of effort and accomplishment. The two-dimensional graphite on my paper grew a magical depth and form, reminding me of the real magic that came out of Clary Fray’s illustrations. Okay, maybe my surprisingly decent drawing of a finger sandwich couldn’t actually become a finger sandwich, like Clary’s could in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, but it could make my soul soar.

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

August 23, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure – and terror – of reading Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (to be published in November 2011). In her debut novel, Mafi paints a rich, gorgeous, and terrifying post apocalyptic dystopian world that left me trembling and eternally grateful for free speech and ice cream. But while I hurriedly checked to be sure that my books and pets were safe and reassured myself that I wouldn’t incinerate if I stepped outside, Mafi’s vision lodged itself into a small but growing knot of anxiety in the back of my mind. I speedily ingest dystopian fiction, from the recent Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent, to the classic 1984 and The Giver. Okay, perhaps I’m taking all of this a little too seriously. How likely do you believe it is for the government to remove color from the world, as described by Lois Lowry? Read the rest of this entry »


Teens’ Top Ten 2011: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

June 15, 2011

Sisters Red coverSisters Red by Jackson Pearce is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.

Scarlett and Rosie March are hunters. They eat, sleep, and breathe hunting. We’re not talking about rabbits & ducks; these girls hunt Fenris–wolves. These monsters take on men’s forms to lure in young girls who they devour. After a horrific Fenris attack that left Scarlett horribly scarred with an eye patch & their grandmother dead, the girls began training with the Pa Reynolds, their neighborhood woodsmen. Growing up with Pa Reynolds’ son Silas, the girls do their duty to protect their homeland. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

April 16, 2011

Confederacy of Dunces cover“What an insult to geometry and theology!” Ignatius J. Reilly would probably say if he knew there was a book about him which he hadn’t written. Though that’s not saying much, since Ignatius, the main character of the novel A Confederacy of Dunces, is offended by just about everyone and everything, much to the reader’s amusement.

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