Thursday, January 7, 2010

My all-time TOP 10 list:

1. 13 Reasons Why-Jay Asher
2. Whale Talk-Chris Crutcher
3. Quad-CG Watson
4. Paper Towns-John Green
5. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins
6. Skud-Dennis Foon
7. I am the Messenger-Markus Zusak
8. An Abundance of Katherines-John Green
9. Raiders Night-John Lypsyte
10. Brutal-Mark Harmon

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

During the holidays I read a few new books; today I will mention two. Touching Spirit Bear and its sequel Ghosts of Spirit Bear are two books good for grades 7 and up. The first is a story about a very angry boy Cole who after one too many crimes ends up being sent to live a year in isolation in Alaska. Cole gets mauled by a bear and begins to take responsibility for his actions.

The follow up novel has him returning to his high school where bully becomes victim. Cole must try to keep all he learned from his year in Alaska as his rage begins to surface as he realizes that a year in Alaska is way easier than a couple days in high school.

Both books are written by Ben Mikaelsen.

Monday, January 4, 2010

my first post

This blog will focus on a couple things. Books for teens that I have read and think are good and updates on my plays I am writing.

So up first:
Best teen novel: 13 Reasons Why-Jay Asher
Favourite teen author: Chris Crutcher
Best Canadian teen author: Gordon Korman
Best Canadian teen novel: Skud-Dennis Foon
Best new authors: John Green and Michael Jarmon
Coolest non-fiction writer: Will Ferguson

My play:
Popular high-school senior Robyn is the puppet master, a scheming gossiper who creates rumours to entertain herself and get revenge. Told through the eyes of 12 stereotypical high school seniors we see the life altering impact that gossip has in high school students’ lives. Four separate rumours are spread each with powerful and everlasting consequences. This realistic drama mixes humour with the dark reality that life isn’t always fair and justice is not always served.
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