The supposedly dead parents of a fictional orphan don’t always have to be revealed as key players in a supernatural conspiracy.
If your kid is scouted for a fancy prep school, chances are they’ll develop weird powers, travel through time, or get murdered by the staff.
A distracting new trend in urban fantasy – scattering first-person narration in between multiple third-person points of view.
In The Iron Wyrm Affair, Lilith Saintcrow introduces her audience to an alternate Victorian England where sorcery walks side by side with logical deduction.
Michael Underwood stops by to share the origin story of Celebromancy, why having a bisexual main character was so important to him, and what’s next for Ree.
Today on YA Rewind, after an unexpected hiatus, I’ve gone back to the works of Lloyd Alexander for what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. I talk about how magic helps the moral go down, discuss the changes planned for this podcast in the new year, and finish with Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.
I’ve had it on my shelf for more than a year, but only cracked the spine on Neil Gaiman’s Newberry award-winning The Graveyard Book last night. In many ways it reminds me of more ‘classical’ children’s literature, the sort of books I was reading as a kid when I wasn’t reading The Baby-sitter’s Club. (I read a lot of the Baby-sitter’s Club. Too much, you might say.) The novel has a definite old-fashioned British sensibility, in addition to Gaiman’s unique style, and I was captivated by the familiarity of the storytelling. Not because it was a familiar tale (it’s about a living boy raised in a graveyard), but because it transports me to a different time. Despite being a modern book, I think this story could take place at any time.