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/
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.
Continue reading “YASH Spring 2016!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
For National Poetry Month, I am posting poems from the walls of the barracks on Angel Island. Continue reading “Angel Island Poetry”
Happy National Poetry Month. I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of my favorite poems from the Angel Island Immigration Station. Continue reading “Poetry of Angel Island”