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Original Essays | February 17, 2014 0 comments
I was born and still live in rural East Tennessee. I grew up on Mountain Valley Road, surrounded by foothills and farmland, rocky creeks pouring... Continue »
Meg CabotDescribe your latest project.
Avalon High is a novel for readers twelve and up about sixteen-year-old Ellie, who has moved with her medievalist parents to Annapolis, Maryland, for a year while they are on sabbatical. Starting a new school in a whole new state isn't what's got Ellie wigging, though... it's figuring out why the best looking, most popular guy at Avalon High seems to think he knows her so well, when they've never actually met. Could it be they knew each other in another life? And if so, does that mean Ellie and Will are destined to live out the same tragic destiny in this one? A sword, a love triangle, a pool raft... can Ellie put together the clues in time to literally save the earth?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Alas, however, her hobbit days are still vividly remembered by her fellow Smithers teens. Between her thrift shop wardrobe, which includes moon boots and trousers in various shades of plaid, and her aspirations of becoming a novelist, Alice has no hope of ever going "mainstream" a fact she uses to her advantage in the second book of the series, Miss Smithers (titled I'm Alice (Beauty Queen?) in the UK), when she enters the Miss Smithers "citizen" pageant after hearing each contestant receives a clothing stipend of $400 (which she promptly spends on one pair of leather trousers).
By the third (and hopefully not final) book in the series (Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) Alice has been abandoned by her boyfriend, and has in turn abandoned novel writing for screenwriting, to hilarious effect. Alice MacLeod is the Canadian answer to Sue Townsend's hilarious Adrian Mole series, and like Adrian, I hope she'll be around for a very long time.
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Share an interesting experience you've had with one of your readers.
Tell us about your pets.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.
That "yet" kills me every time, because it's clear Lisa has every intention of someday being able to "control the birds." That, I feel, is childhood in a nutshell: nothing seems impossible. Not even controlling the birds.