Reading, YA Book Club for Writers

YA Book Club June Book Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our May novel, The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our June book: City on Strikeby Harriet Zaidman The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was… Continue reading YA Book Club June Book Announcement

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YA Book Club May Novel Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our April novel, Me and Me by Alice Kuipers. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our May book: The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton One misunderstood teen. One eccentric granny.… Continue reading YA Book Club May Novel Announcement

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YA Book Club April Book Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our March novel, Dust by Arthur Slade. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our April book: Me and Me by Alice Kuipers It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to… Continue reading YA Book Club April Book Announcement

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YA Book Club March Book Announcement

We are nearing our meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our February novel, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. However, to make sure everyone has time to get a copy, it is time to announce our March book: Dust by Arthur Slade A rainmaker brings rain to a drought-stricken town,… Continue reading YA Book Club March Book Announcement

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YA Book Club February Book Announcement

We are nearing our first meeting for my YA book club where we will be discussing our first novel - The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. However, in the interest of staying ahead of the game, I am announcing our February book now so everyone has time to pick up a copy before the beginning of… Continue reading YA Book Club February Book Announcement

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10 Opening Lines: Do they entice you to read on?

I picked 10 novels off my middle grade and young adult shelves. All books I've read and enjoyed, but I was curious to pay closer attention to how they start. Do their opening lines have a hook? Let's take a look: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate I am Ivan. I am a… Continue reading 10 Opening Lines: Do they entice you to read on?

Editing, Reading, Writer Life

Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers

When I first started writing YA, long ago, I picked up Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. It's a book I still highly recommend today. However, it's been years since I read it, so I've pulled it off my shelf to give it my time and attention again. And I'm rather amused.… Continue reading Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers