Happy publication date to one of my favorite teen authors, Jackson Pearce! I got to know Pearce's work when her second novel, Sisters Red, was a top pick in BookPage.
To follow-up on BookPage's review, I did a Q&A with Pearce. Want proof that I actually read the book? See the photo on the right. (I have very few pictures of me doing what I do best—sitting around and reading books—so I cherish this one, which was randomly snapped on a friend's phone a year and a half ago.)
Sisters Red is a modern telling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a twist, and Sweetly, Pearce's new book, is a modern Hansel and Gretel—also with a twist (think werewolves). I interviewed Pearce about Sweetly at the American Library Association. Watch below for information on Pearce's inspiration, the book's memorable setting and why she loves libraries (please excuse the background noise . . . ALA can get rowdy!):
Any books coming out this week that you're especially excited about? Have you read any of Pearce's books?
If any fairy tale could get a modern twist, which would you like it to be (and who would you want to write it)?
Our second edition of Reading Corner went out to readers bright and early this morning, and in it we asked people to answer a question: What books do you enjoy sharing with kids/grandkids (or students, babysitting charges or anyone else!)?
BookPage recommends. . .
If you're looking for a book to share with a toddler, try Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book, which Nonfiction Editor Kate Pritchard liked so much, she said, "I kind of want to use it for my own bedtime reading!"
Tween readers will enjoy Jennifer L. Holm's Turtle in Paradise, a sweet and funny Depression-era story about a girl who goes to live with relatives in Key West.
For teens, you can't go wrong with Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red, a spin on "Little Red Riding Hood" complete with werewolves, a memorable sister relationship and plenty of action.
What would you add to this list?