young adult novels

Elaine DimopoulosCombine modern society's tendency to be obsessed with youth, fashion and fame with the rule of the oligarchy and take it all to the extreme.  You might end up with a world like the one that Elaine Dimopoulus describes with trendy detail in her first novel, "Material Girls." 

In this world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture, or at least theyMaterial Girls think they are.  But who really pulls the strings?  Can a few eco-conscious designers change the world and prove that revolution never goes out of style?  

Elaine studied writing at Simmons College's Center for the Study of Children's Literature, where she was admitted to the MFA program on the basis of a short sotry that became chapter one of this novel.  She also teaches children's literature and writing at Boston University and Grub Street.

Join us for another fun conversation about writing on Writers' Voices.

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Susan Nussbaum Brings a New Perspective to Young Adult Fiction

Good Kings Bad Kings"Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel" by Susan Nussbaum, won the 2012 PEN/Bellwethr Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, among many accolades. Well known novelist Barbara Kingsolver says "This is fiction at its best...A stunning accomplishment."  The LA Review of Books called it "an easy book to love and admire."

What makes this books such a standout?  Well, start with the fact that the main characters are living in an institution for young adults with disabilities, but the story is about their lives, not their disabilities.  Nussbaum herself was hit by a car when she was in her 20's, leaving her a wheelchair-user.  She became an acclaimed playwright and disability rights activist.  In an aritcle for Huffington Post, Nussbaum wrote "Can't there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because?  where the topic doesn't ever come up?  All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character... you know, just like real people."

Good Kings Bad Kings" is Nussbaum's first novel. Please join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be, and how it has made a difference.

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D.J. MacHale on Creating the Ordinary Hero

D.J. MacHale

 

Our guest this week on Writers' Voices is D. J MacHale, the New York Times best-selling author of the "Pendragon" and "Morpheus Road" sci-fi advernture series for young adults, and he's back at it with "Sylo," the first book in a trilogy set on Pemberwick Island off the coast of New England - think Martha's Vineyard.

In "Sylo", MacHale takes a very ordinary 14-year old boy, Tucker Pierce, and places him in extraordinary circumstances.  The results - a very believable hero who finds within himself the courage and ambition to save the world.

MacHale is also co-creator and produce of the Nickelodeon series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"  Join Monica and Caroline as we talk to MacHale about the resurgence of Sci Fi, particularly for teens, why he transitioned from film to books, and the writers and filmmakers who inspired him - Alfred Hitchcock, Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean.

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Young Adult novelist Suzanne Young discusses "The Program"

Suzanne YoungIt took high school teacher Suzanne Young five contributions to "the novel graveyard" before she wrote the first novel that sold. On Writers' Voices this week, Young describes what kept her writing and how she fianlly broke through to publishing success. Since 2010, she has had six young adult and crossover books published by three different major publishers, with three more on the way.

Her most recent novel, "The Program," from Simon Pulse, deals with the sobering reality of teen The Programsuicide.  Motivated by memories of her own troubled adolescence, Young originally set out to write a true-to-life novel on the subject, but soon realized that the story could reach a broader audience and have more impact with a futuristic, slightly distyopian setting, where teen suicide has reached epidemic proportions.   

 "The Program" is the government's attempt to prevent suicide by closely monitoring teenagers' behavior.  At the first sign of depression, the targeted teens are instituionalized and "cured" - but with unforunate side effects. The ultimate theme of the book is hope, and Young recounts the effect the story has already had on readers, and her hopes that the novel will help bring the subject out into the open.

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An Unlikely Topic of Conversation

Unlikely Confederacy  When a pig, a frog, and a woodpecker set out on a three wheeled Harley bound for the ancient redwood forests of Big Sur so they can learn how to fly (a woodpecker who can't fly - what's that all about?), a lot can go wrong.It’s times like this when it’s good to have friends. Like Swami, a local surfer who hears your thoughts and changes his appearance at will; or Vashti, the ten thousand year old holy man; or Anansi, the shape shifting trickster; or Stokes, the ageless mountain man.  

"The Unlikely Confderacy of Hoggy, Froggy and Ernie" is hard to describe

Ron Louthan

 - a little bit "The Incredible Journey" and a little bit Tom Robbins, with a dash of Vedic storytelling thrown in.  Join us this week on Writers' Voices for the story behind the story, when Monica and Caroline interview Fairfield author Ron Louthan, a fourth generation California native who studied English Literature at the University of Oregon and UCLA and has managed to become a witty, original writer nevertheless.  "The Unlikely Conferacy" was published March 22, and Ron will be giving a reading at Revelatiions on Saturday, April 6. 

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Deborah Halverson, award-winning author and editor

Deborah HalversonCheryl Fusco Johnson is back this week with a conversation with award-winning author and editor, Deborah Halverson. For 10 years, Deborah edited children's books before starting to write herself. She is the author of teen novels "Honk If You Hate Me" and "Big Mouth". She has also written three books in a forthcoming series for struggling readers and a picture book about Santa Claus to be released. Deborah has a master's degree in American literature and a fascination with pop culture. She is also the founder of the writers' advice website DearEditor.com.  Deborah currently lives with her husband and triplet sons in San Diego.

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Jan Blazanin discusses "A & L Do Summer"

A & L Do SummerCheryl Fusco Johnson once again takes the hosting reigns for another Writers' Voices. Cheryl will be speaking with author Jan Jan BlazaninBlazanin of Des Moines. Jan's newest book "A & L Do Summer" was just released this week. The book follows the adventures of two teenage girls in rural Iowa during the summer before their senior year.

Jan, a former middle school teacher, currently lives on eleven acres, presents writers workshops, teaches writing to all ages, and spends her free time "planting wildflowers, moving large rocks, and pulling acres of weeds".

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Wendy Delsol discusses "Stork" w/ Cheryl Fusco Johnson

Wendy DelsolOn this week's Writers' Voices, Cheryl Fusco Johnson talks with author Wendy Delsol.

Wendy started writing novels at age forty. After studying at UCLA Writers' Extension Program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Stork she sold a young adult novel, "Stork", to Candlewick Press. That book was released last October. "Stork" tells the story of Kat Leblanc, a fashion conscious 16-year-old who moves from L.A. to a small town in Minnesota. In her new surroundings, she becomes a member of an ancient order of bird women who have the extraordinary task of soul delivery.

The sequel to "Stork", "Frost", will be published in 2012. Wendy's also sold an adult novel, "The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls", which is slated for publication August 2011.

Make sure to tune into this delightful interview!