I can’t seem to get away from abandoned wells lately. And boy oh boy, they TERRIFY me, both in story form and in real life. They’re so ubiquitous in Maine that growing up, my parents were ALWAYS warning me about them, and then, years later, The Ring didn’t assuage my fears any.
In adult life, we had one in our backyard that I worried about for YEARS until we finally had someone come over with an excavator, knock it ...
“But,” she went on, “remember. It’s the greatest strength to know your weaknesses. It just means you have a question to answer: How hard will you work to get what you want? And that’s the heart of it: from your career, from your time here, from everything, really—what do you want?”
I stayed quiet.
The world, I thought. The whole world, gathered up in my arms.
It’s the beginning of Jordan Sun’s junior ...
I have a problem, and I suspect that some of you out there might suffer from it, too: there are too many books in my bag.
I try to keep their numbers down—after all, I really only bring my bag to work with me, and I work less than ten miles from home—but no matter how many times I empty it, no matter how many times I make room for my wallet and cellphone and charger and Bloomer notebook and ...
After Joselito and Julius scurried off—ever the helpful brothers—Virgil’s parents presented him like a rare exhibit they didn’t quite understand.
“This is Turtle,” his mother said.
That was their name for him: Turtle. Because he wouldn’t “come out of his shell.” Every time they said it, a piece of him broke.
Virgil Salinas is the youngest person in his family. He’s quiet, shy, and introspective; spends most of his time with ...
The trouble was, sometimes she couldn’t help giving people a Look. Because sometimes, people deserved it.
And she thought things. More and more often, as she got older, she wanted to say them. Sometimes she barely managed to stop herself.
Thinking things and having a Look were not good deportment. Good deportment, as one learned at Miss Ellicott’s School, meant being shamefast and biddable.
Miss Ellicott’s School—where Surplus ...
There are HEAPS of books coming out this month, and I want to read a LOT of them.
Let’s take a look!
A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold
I’ve already written about this treasure at length, but my love is such that I can’t let a single opportunity to recommend it pass me by. Buy it, read it, love it, gift it to others.
Amina’s Voice, by Hena Khan
I’ve already read this one as well, and it ...
Later this week, I’m headed to New York to finally, finally see Hamilton.
Which has me more than a little excited.
So, of course, it made me wonder: what’s out there for recent musical theater YA? It seems like something that we’d see a lot of, right? High potential for drama, because backstage shenanigans and close quarters and heightened emotion. Tailor made literary parallels, since the story would be centered around a play. And, on the purely commercial side of ...
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
—First Amendment to the United States Constitution
As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, certain high-profile people have had a lot of negative things to say about journalists and the state of modern journalism. And ...