Caroline: I was a teenager when I first read Harry Potter, and I remember how completely shocked and stricken I was by the death of Cedric Diggory. He was the first “on-camera” death in that series, a few books in, and since the first three books were spooky but not grim this sudden shift in tone took me by surprise. And more was to come: at that point, the last book hadn’t even been written, and it killed far more folks than Cedric. While I felt that I could handle it, I was disappointed by the change in a series I’d started to love for an entirely different reason. More, I worried about the kids younger than me who were reading these books.
Following on from our Gift Guide for lovers of Romantic Mysteries, we’re now presenting some ideas for you if you are going to give books as gifts to Children and Young Adults. AAR staffers have come up with some of their favourite books; a mixture of classics, and more recently published tales to suit a variety of tastes.
Anne suggests a selection of classic children’s books, saying that there are some that today’s children might be familiar with. She remembers growing up watching Heidi on TV, but recalls that the most recent adaptation was in 2005, so that younger girls might not have heard of it. The same is true of books such as The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, and many others. These classics live on because parents (and relatives) give a nice copy to a child and say “This was my favorite book growing up.” The book doesn’t always “take” the […]
Readers love Sherry Thomas’s historical romances. Of the seven she’s published, three are Desert Island Keepers here at AAR and three others garnered a B+. She is a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
When I heard Sherry was releasing a Young Adult novel, The Burning Sky, I requested an ARC and gobbled it up. I know Sherry through Twitter. I contacted her and asked if I could interview her for AAR. Despite being in the midst of a book tour–The Burning Sky comes out tomorrow–she graciously said yes.
The other day I was doing my semi-regular rounds on the Internet, checking author Web sites, seeing what they’re up to. Well, color me surprised when I saw that an author – whose books I used to love but who has fallen waaaaay off my radar after a string of duds – is publishing a Young Adult/Teen book.
After my eyebrows shot up, they went down again pretty quickly, and upon reflection I couldn’t say I was exactly surprised. Many authors try new directions for various reasons, but oftentimes when they change genres, they change names for a complete disassociation with their former lives. So Anne Stuart becomes Kristina Douglas (historical to paranormal), Lisa Marie Rice turns into Elizabeth Jennings (erotic to suspense), Candice Proctor writes as C. S. Harris (historical to mystery), and Patricia Cabot is now more commonly known to the world as Meg Cabot (historical to teen), […]