Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Writing, Revising, and Chiseling: Seven Steps to Done.

This might sound weird, but revision is my favorite part of writing…which is lucky, because I do a lot of it. Writing fiction is kind of like sculpting, only harder, because, unlike a sculptor, a writer has to create her own clay. Your first draft is the clay. Revision is sculpting, molding, refining that clay […]

Ten Books You Should Hit Before College Hits You

The sweet smell of spring. Summer beckons. College acceptances are in hand. You've endured The Scarlet Letter, you've floated down the Mississippi River with Huckleberry Finn. You really don't want to see another reading list. Ever. Oh, well. In just a few short months, you'll be cracking the books again, more books, bigger books than you ever […]

Writing What You Know.

Flannery O’Connor said, “Anyone who has survived childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” Well, I sure hope so, because all of my novels are based on my authentic childhood and young adult experiences. I began writing about my life when I was still a teenager, using memories […]

Books for Teens:
Ultimate Guide, Spring 2014

Books for teens are exploding into a hot new season. And of the dozens—or is it hundreds?—of new books for teens set to compete for your time and money this spring, a handful of titles really have us pumped. In the spirit of our Ultimate Holiday Book-Buying Guide, we present our (modestly titled) Ultimate Guide […]

Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck's American Dream

Of Mice and Men is such a downer... Steinbeck was the most depressed person ever. What is he trying to do to us? Tragedy = no happy ending. So why are we reading this book other than to get more depressed than we already are as teenagers? –T.T., USA John Steinbeck told it like he saw it. […]

Ten Best Books for Teens: 2013

Ten Best Books for Teens: 2013. Just typing those words makes me cringe. Any book is a triumph in my, well, book. It represents years, sometimes decades, of an author's life. Yes, all that toil has been compressed between two covers and served up for you to polish off in a matter of days, if […]


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