Book Reviews, Editing, Reading, Writer Life

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

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Did you like the last book you read?

Did you like the last book you read? Maybe you told your friends about it. Word of mouth advertising is the best sales tool around. When you read a book you like, consider leaving a rating and review of it on , Amazon.com, GoodReads or Amazon.ca and 49th Shelf (for Canadian books). Maybe you’re thinking,… Continue reading Did you like the last book you read?

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Defining “good books for boys”

I’ve been paying attention to what it means when we say “books for boys.” As authors and conference attendees we hear the following: There is a shortage of books for boys. Boys are more reluctant readers than girls. Due to number 2 above, publishers lean towards “books for girls” for better sales. If we don’t… Continue reading Defining “good books for boys”

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When picking a book, trust the child.

I have a huge pet peeve – adults who limit children’s book choices based on their own biases. I recently had someone on Instagram see my micro-review of The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. “I love horror and absolutely relish a middle grade novel that pushes against that boundary of ‘scary for kids.’ Just how… Continue reading When picking a book, trust the child.