Reader Quizzes

It is almost summer, and you might have some time to kill. Here are some fun quizzes for readers to show off your inner book nerd.

Harry Potter – Staff Match – Match the name to their job – http://www.sporcle.com/games/FantasticBowTies/dont-be-late-for-your-lesson

Missing from the Cover – Fill in the Missing Word on the Cover – http://www.sporcle.com/games/michaelgeorgebar/missing-word-classic-juvenile-books-slideshow

Books by their first lines – http://www.sporcle.com/games/farishta/childrens_opening

YA Novels by Cover – http://www.sporcle.com/games/Chenchilla/everyone-loves-a-dystopian-novel

TV Book Mash Ups – http://www.sporcle.com/games/fakehaikuleper/tv-book-mashups

Books by Synonyms – http://www.sporcle.com/games/AshinaFlash1986/Child_Book_synonym

Dr. Suess by Opening Line – http://www.sporcle.com/games/Stanford0008/dr-seuss-book-by-line-clickable

There are many, many more hours of fun at http://www.sporcle.com/




Red Team

YASH Spring 2016!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! If you haven’t done the hunt before, you are in for a treat – exclusive content from each author, prizes, books. Each post also has a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in the RED TEAM! Play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are nine contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! Each team is a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

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All in a Day’s Work

I’ve been thinking a lot about what creative work looks like. A lot of the work that goes into a creative project wouldn’t be called “work” by most. Not because it is easy or fun (although some of it is), but because it doesn’t always have an immediate, tangible result. Here’s some of the work I did Friday (in chronological order). Continue reading “All in a Day’s Work”


Reading Group Discussion Questions

I’ve had several requests recently for discussion questions for THE FIRE HORSE GIRL. Below is what I came up with. If you have any you had fun discussion in a classroom or at a book club, leave a comment below. Continue reading “Reading Group Discussion Questions”


Unlocking Authentic Characters

Creating authentic characters can be one of the best building blocks for a story. If you create the right characters with plenty of potential conflict, it can help you build events that will be meaningful to the world and the characters who live in it. Continue reading “Unlocking Authentic Characters”

Back to school

First Pages

I am starting my third book. It can be hard to go back to the beginning of the process and start a whole new mess to clean up, so I collected all the drafts of the first page of Fire Horse Girl that I saved. Here a video of all the revisions that I could find (I am sure there were more) just for the first page. It made me feel a little better. :)  Continue reading “First Pages”

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What is a Fire Horse?

Kay Honeyman

I was already writing about a girl traveling through Angel Island to America when I discovered the year of the Fire Horse.

In much of the Western world, we use a linear measurement for time, the years parading forward into the future.  The Chinese use a cycle to measure their years.  On the mats in Chinese restaurants it looks like a 12-year cycle built around animals, but these animals are matched with five elements – metal, wood, fire, water, and earth creating 60-year cycles.  So you are not just born in the year of the Horse, but in the year of the Earth Horse or Water Horse…or Fire Horse.

Fire Horses are formed from the heat of flames and the wildness of horses making them as dangerous as they are strong-willed.  They fight and kick against boundaries, disregarding traditions, valuing blind faith over wisdom and cunning over intelligence.  The first…

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