Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mira Forecasts the Future Guest Post by Kell Andrews

Telling Fortunes 
Guest Post for Reviews Coming at YA
By Kell Andrews

When I was a kid I loved making paper fortune tellers. I wrote the fortunes. I folded and colored the paper myself. I tried to use a paper device I made myself to predict the future. 

My children do the same thing now. They know, as I did, that the fortunes you write yourself aren’t real clairvoyance. But the fortunes you write do give hints about what is possible -- what you wish and fear.

That’s one of the reasons I wrote Mira Forecasts the Future. To make a dream come true, you have to think about it and work toward it. You have to make it happen. 

But first you have to dream it. You have to believe it -- and you have to know it’s possible for you. 

Mira’s mom, Madame Mirabella is a famous fortune teller who amazes vacationers and townspeople all along the boardwalk. Mira believes in her mother’s magic, but she doesn’t have magic of her own. When Mira gets a pinwheel and a windsock, she learns that she can use them to help make predications about the weather -- a valuable trade at the beach, where the weather is local and changeable. So Mira studies, builds, observes, and records. She gets her forecasts wrong sometimes, but by working hard at meteorology, she learns to get them right more often than not. 

I hope kids read about Mira and get interested in how they can use science right now to make observations and predictions. I hope they decide science, technology, engineering, and math are subjects they want to study. I hope they see themselves in those careers someday. 

Most of all, I hope they learn that the fortunes they write for themselves are the ones that come true. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Random House Children’s Books is hosting a Google Hangout with YA authors Kara Thomas and Victoria Aveyard

Kara Thomas (author of The Darkest Corners) and
Victoria Aveyard (author of Red Queen ) will discuss the world of YA writing,
character creation, world building and more!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Before You Read Serafina and the Twisted Staff in July, Read (or Reread) Serafina and the Black Cloak

Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher & ARC: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 978-1484709016

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.