Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
This week we’ve got cover reveals from two of our members!
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Find out more about the book and enter a giveaway to win an Advanced Reader Copy at Pop! Goes the Reader
Sweet Sixteener Ruth Lehrer recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Dawn Kurtagich about her debut YA novel, THE DEAD HOUSE (Orion Publishing, August 6, 2015 (UK) and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 15, 2015 (US).
Dawn Kurtagich is a writer of creepy, spooky and psychologically sinister YA fiction, where girls may descend into madness, boys may see monsters in men, and grown-ups may have something to hide. By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert. She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League. Her life reads like a YA novel.
Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?
Sweet Sixteener Ruth Lehrer recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Marie Jaskulka about her debut YA verse novel, THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL AND RANDOM BOY (April 7, 2015 from Sky Pony Press).
Marie Jaskulka writes fiction and poetry for readers of all ages. She grew up in Philadelphia and Northeast Pennsylvania, and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a BA in English and a concentration in writing. After tutoring and teaching for a few years, she ventured north to Fairbanks, Alaska, to earn an MFA in writing and to contemplate the meaning of life under the aurora borealis. Now she lives and writes in the Pocono Mountains.
Forgotten Girl, a fifteen-year-old poet, is going through the most difficult time of her life—the breakup of her parents, and the paralyzing depression of her mom—when she meets Random Boy, a hot guy who, like her, feels like an outcast and secretly writes poetry to deal.
In THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL AND RANDOM BOY, their poems come together to tell their unique love story. The two nameless teenagers come from opposite sides of the tracks, yet they find understanding in each other when they lay bare their life stories through the poems they write and share with each other.
Through verse, they document the power of first kisses, the joy of finally having someone on their side, the devastation of jealousy, and the heartbreaking sadness of what each of them is simultaneously dealing with at home and hiding from the world. Finally they have someone to tell and somewhere to tell it in their marble notebook.
Ruth: How did you make the decision to keep your main characters nameless? Did you have names for them in your head or in a prior version?
Marie: They never had names. I started writing the characters’ dialogues and they used a lot of pronouns. He was named first, when she called him a Random Boy. Then as I kept writing, when it came time to give actual names, it became a sort of a game–how could I word it without saying their names? I found it really natural to not give names because when you’re writing poems in your journal, how often do you include your own name? Except for the occasional bubble-letter doodle, I never do.
Be the first to correctly match the 16th line to the 2016 debut novel and win a FREE critique of your Query Letter by Ellen Goodlett (THE QUIET ONES, Egmont, Fall 2016)!
I stand in front of my open closet, casting a flat, even shadow on the clothes inside, as though I’m the thing obscuring my own identity from view.”
Great line, right? But which novel is it from?
A. Brooks Benjamin’s MY 7TH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS (Random House/Delacorte, Spring 2016)
B. Jeff Garvin’s SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Winter 2016)
C. Ruth Lehrer’s BEING FISHKILL (Candlewick, Fall 2016)
D. Sarah Alexander’s THE ART OF NOT BREATHING (Usborne/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Spring 2016)
Know it? Want it? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. And good luck!