Each year over 500 writers and lovers of mysteries gather in New York City for a black-tie evening to celebrate the winners of the Edgar Awards. However, few lovers of children and young adult books realize that the awards also honors authors in those fields.
I get plenty of chances to travel and lecture about my experiences within the world of business and education. My recent trip to Harvard to do just that allowed me to hear a young author tell his unexpected story.
Preschoolers, middle-graders, preteens and young adults may all be separated by only a few years, but are so divided by their interests, needs, humor, language and abilities as to practically be separate species.
As a writer, I've always turned to the written word to piece together the ways of the world, and to better understand myself and others. I knew that in this matter, it would be no different -- I would write a book that got to the heart of a decision that polarizes so many of us.
The Crown of Embers is not only a stand out for its strong writing and world-building but for its very positive portrayal of God and faith. I asked Carson a few questions about faith, her books and young adults.
If you have a pre-teen or teenage daughter, give her a copy of Rebels by Accident by Patricia Dunn. Your only regret will be that she will devour this book in a day or two, and then you'll be stuck where you were.
What is important about vampire and apocalyptic films and books is that the heroes are not just battling a solo evil character and his or her clan. Rather, all of these offer a critique of "the system."
The main character doesn't qualify as perfect by any means, but in the end, she's happy. That's not because my books are fiction. It's because they're based on my own experiences, and -- as more and more readers keep telling me -- their experiences as well.
Fans of the young adult genre will spot this as a spin on A Bridge To Terabithia and other tales of bittersweet childhood -- instead of escaping to a fantasy world, our heroine and her doomed first love are trapped in an end of the world scenario.
Along with the rising popularity of dystopian novels in young adult fiction, Greek mythology retellings are finding their way more and more into teen books. Whether it's about Persephone, Medusa or the Furies, no Olympian or ancient myth is safe from YA novelists.