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Flora and Ulysses | Kate DiCamillo

“All words at all times, true or false, whispered or shouted, are clues to the workings of the human heart.”
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction. Number of Pages: 233. Perspective: Third.
After a run in with a vacuum cleaner, an ordinary squirrel becomes much more. He may be exactly what a lonely girl with divorced parents needs. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I love children’s literature. Why? Because it takes complex subjects and simplifies them for children. This book deals with divorce, neglect from a workaholic mother, and remarriage. But none of it felt heavy. The whole book was written as an over-the-top pseudo comic book story. It was ridiculous and totally unbelievable, but it was wonderful.
The illustrations were beautiful and mixed in with the story perfectly. Kate DiCamillo excels in kooky characters and animals that save broken spirits (such as in Because of Winn Dixie). If you read this story, you have to open to strange and fantastical things—such as a poetry writing squirr…

Q & A With Author Larissa Reinhart

Hi, Larissa. Let's get started. What is your book, 15 Minutes, NOT about?
It’s not about penguins. That being said, I’ve got nothing against penguins. They’re very cute. I got to hold one once.
Penguins are pretty awesome. What is your book15 Minutes, about?
Maizie Albright’s an ex-teen and reality star who returns to her hometown in Georgia to escape life in Hollywood (also by judge’s orders) to become a detective. She’s trying to emulate her favorite childhood role, Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective, but also learning how to become her own person after spending a life under the thumb of managers, directors, and producers, particularly her stage-monster mother-manager.
What is your favorite line from your book?
If I pick a favorite, it’ll make the other lines jealous. So I’ll give you the first line, “Of course, Nash Security Solutions would be housed in a donut shop.”
What better place than a donut shop? What celebrities would play your main characters if it were a movie?
I always imag…

It's A Writer Thing - Do Not Fear Rejection

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

Hello, wonderful writers! Welcome back to my blog series, It’s a Writer Thing. Today I want to spend some time talking about the dreaded r-word, rejection.
Some of you may know that back in May I signed with my agent (which you can read about here), and just about a month ago, we received our first offer for the publication of my debut novel (which you can read about here). 
In the midst of all this, I wrote my 9th short (a silly, horror story), for an anthology. Long story short (no pun intended), it wasn’t selected. (Boo!) BUT, my dear friend, G Marie Merante’s story was, and you can check out the book, UNLEASHED: MONSTERS VERSUS ZOMBIES, right here. Of course, like any dedicated writer, I sent my piece out to a different market, another anthology. Well, two days ago, that second press rejected my poor little story. So, I sent it right out the next morning to a horror lit mag. A few hours later, I had my third rejection for this piece. That was…

The Sun is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon

“The thing about falling is you don't have any control on your way down.”
Genre: Young Adult Romance. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: First Alternating and Third. Location: New York City.
The Sun is Also a Star is a story about how the universe brings together two people even though everything in the universe should keep them apart. For a complete summary, you can go here.
There were some things that I absolutely loved about this book. I loved the timeliness of the issues with immigration and deportation. I loved the biracial relationship between a Jamaican and Korean. I loved the chapters that gave us some alternative points of view or some background knowledge about certain topics (Rastafarianism, for example). I loved the way Nicola Yoon writes. I loved how quick of a read it was with the short, alternating perspective chapters. I loved how the book takes place all within one eventful day.  I even loved the ending. 
This book would have been five stars, however, I hate instalove. I…