Author Darcy Pattison, who generously shares her writing wisdom and experience at her blog, Fiction Notes, drops by today to share some gems about what she'd like to see on the YA shelf - universal stories.
(And by the way, Darcy also tipped me off that the TELL ME A SECRET trailer is a finalist in School Library Journal's first Trailie Awards! Hooray! Go check it out and vote!)
Without further ado, I welcome Darcy - and don't forget to comment for a chance to win this week's prizes!
I'm tired of vampires, self-centered & affected voices instead of great storytelling, time-shifted stories, and repeated cliches of romance and fantasy. I love books that give both sides of an issue as fairly as possible, while focusing on great storytelling. We need books set in a wider variety of places, times, cultures, and locales that still have a universal feel. I'd love to see some great new science fiction, some innovative stories set in rural or smaller metropolitan areas, and characters that make me weep and cry. And a comfortable, interesting mystery series with a great new teen detective that keeps me turning the pages. And who will finally break the last great taboo of children's literature, religion?
Darcy's YA Faves:
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (see what Darcy says about it here)
I am the Messenger by Marcus Zuzak
Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry
Thank you, Darcy! (And another vote for Jenna Fox, which also happens to be one of my faves! The audiobook is amazing.)
Readers, what do you think makes a book universal? What subjects are still taboo?
Don't forget to comment for a chance to win this week's prize pack! Hooray!
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Ooh, and quick TMAS trailer plug - I'm so excited to be an SLJ finalist! What an honor.