Saturday, March 19th 1pm-5pm Bartos Forum, New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
1:10-1:40 – What
Can YA Do About It?
A discussion of how
YA literature (and literature in general) can help social change, and the role
this plays in works across a variety of genres.
Daniel José Older
1:40-2:30 – The
Secret YA Lives of Historical Figures
In the spirit of
Hamilton, let’s look at different historical figures through a YA lens.
Relationships are Hard
There is a mistaken
idea that “first love” is a giddy, simple thing, when in truth the
relationships we form in high school can be just as hard and complicated as the
ones we form as adults. Across a variety of genres, these authors explore
“young love” and show that it is just as serious, and just as meaningful, as
any other kind of love. Here they will discuss this.
Jennifer E. Smith
Building a World, One Page at a Time
Each of these authors
has constructed vibrant worlds for their novels – whether as offshoots of our
own world, or as wholly separate worlds. Here we’ll talk about creating these
stories, and the choices involved in putting together both the worlds and the
characters who must navigate them.
Perspective (Part 2)
What perspective do
we, as adults, bring to our novels when we write about teenagers? How do we
balance what we know and what our characters don’t? Why do we find ourselves
revisiting these years, and what do we learn (even years later) by writing
about them? How do you acknowledge the darkness without robbing the reader of
finding any light? In this candid conversation, we’ll talk to four acclaimed
authors about being an adult and writing about teenagers.
Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! In this post, you’ll find
exclusive content from YA Scavenger hunt author Lyn Miller-Lachmann, along with a clue for Red Team. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our
prize—one lucky winner will receive a book from each author on the hunt
in my team!(Including
a copy of my new book, Faceless!)
But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus
material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Scavenger Huntpage for all the details about the hunt including a
information about all of the participating authors and the full list of prizes.
are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM—but
there is also a blue team, a gold team, a green team, an orange team, a teal team, a purple team, and a pink team!The prize for each time is a different set of
Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed
my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the
blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the author of Gringolandia (a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults), Rogue, and Surviving Santiago. She works as a translator from Portuguese and
Spanish to English and recently translated the picture book The World in a Second from Portuguese,
with other books from Portugal and Brazil in the works. She has an M.F.A. in
Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an
M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. She
is the former editor of MultiCultural
Review and has taught English, social studies, and Jewish studies at the
middle and high school level. Originally from Houston, Texas, she currently
lives in New York City.
Santiago, Chile, 1989: the last place 16-year-old Tina
Aguilar wants to be. Tina is forced to visit her father for the first time in
years at his request following her parents' divorce. Still, she doesn't
understand why he spends all his time with work, politics, and alcohol rather
than getting reacquainted with his daughter. Fortunately for Tina, a cute
motorcycle-riding local boy has taken an interest in her, though his presence
is far from incidental or innocent.
In this companion to the critically acclaimed Gringolandia, Lyn Miller-Lachmann spins
a tale of deception, love, and redemption set during the final tense months of
the Pinochet dictatorship.
“Smooth dialogue, a quick pace, and palpable suspense
combine to make a compelling read…A riveting story of love and acceptance amid
a tumultuous political landscape.” – Kirkus
Below is a deleted scene from Surviving Santiago, one of eight tapes
recorded during the time the story takes place and
discovered near the end.
Tape Five, Monday 3 July 1989
Capo: Good evening, Romeo. How is your plan coming along?
Good news and bad news, sir.
Capo: Start with the good news. I like good news.
This flyer. The target is speaking at a demonstration.
Capo: No. Too many witnesses.
The demonstration’s illegal.
Capo: So what? Nobody bothers with illegal demonstrations these days.
Can’t we get some friendly carabineros
to bust it up?
Capo: Don’t be stupid. We need hard evidence, like an incitement to riot. Pick
up something off his desk, something he’s written.
That’s going to be tough. The girl…you see…uh…
Capo: What happened?
Well, she broke up with me.
Capo: Imbecile! Why?
Romeo:I took her on my deliveries—
Capo: And why would you bring her with you?
She asked me. She sits at home all day with nothing to do because the target’s
always working. And I didn’t have the marijuana for her. I thought she’d lose
trust in me because I didn’t come through for her in her hour of need.
[INHALING SOUND, LAUGHTER]
It’s not funny, sir. I had to show I cared about her.
Capo: You do not bow to whatever ridiculous request the girl has.
I thought she could help me too. What she calls a “win-win.”
Capo: Gringo nonsense. Go on.
I asked her to watch my motorcycle so I wouldn’t get a ticket. But I ran into
an old friend who works in one of the office buildings. Señorita Aguilar got
Capo: This is worse than I thought. Don’t get your friends from your
neighborhood involved in our mission.
I told her it was nothing, but she wouldn’t listen.
Capo: The other girl. Was she the one I caught you with last year?
Yes, Sofia. It was the first time I’d seen her since. I swear. She’s not my
Capo: And who is your type these days?
Uh, someone with more brains. Likes the same stuff I do. Seen the world. And a
little less, uh, used up.
Capo: So you’ve become a real romantic.
I guess I’m looking for something different.
Capo: You can go girlfriend shopping when your mission is finished. Your job
now is to get Señorita Aguilar back. You need to find out what the target’s
going to say at that demonstration.
I can’t even talk to her on the phone.
Capo: You called the house?
I wrote down the number one day when I was there.
Capo: So you can tip them off? How many times did you call? And who answered?
Uh…five…maybe six times. The housekeeper answered twice. A man, I think the
target, once. As soon as someone answered, I hung up.
Capo: So now he’s going to put a trace on his phone.
I called from pay phones. Different ones each time.
Capo: Then you’re not as stupid as I thought.
I’ll keep trying, sir.
Capo: Good…And one other thing.
Capo: How many ex-girlfriends do you have, Romeo? I don’t want this happening
Besides Sofia, three others. Maybe you should let me bring Señorita Aguilar
here. So we don’t have to go out in public.
Capo: And why did I not want you here with the other girl?
We keep everything in the office. And the door locked.
Capo: Hmm… You might be on to something…All right. [CLINK] Here’s a key to the apartment. I’ll leave the contraband
you requested under the sink, behind the powdered cleaner. Don’t mix them up.
Capo: Yes, you might. So listen. The contraband is in a baggie. The powdered
cleaner is in, you know, the cardboard cylinder labeled “powdered cleaner.”
Got it. May I have some videos and the Nintendo, too?
Capo: I thought you’d have other plans for her.
She’s a little…uh…young for me. And more into movies and video games and stuff.
Capo: Fine. The sooner you carry out your mission the sooner you’re rid of her
And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of
signed books by me, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, and more! To enter, you need to know
that my favorite number is 17. Add up all the favorite numbers of the
authors on the red
team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand
CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check
out the next author,Rin Chupeco!
And big thanks to Colleen Houck
for putting the hunt together!
September 29th is just around the corner and with it, the on
sale date of my new novel, Faceless!
For those of you in the New York area, I wanted to share all
the details for my upcoming events at BookCourt and McNally Jackson – with my
sister, Courtney Sheinmel, who will be talking about her new book, Edgewater!(Learn more about Edgewaterhere.)I’m also participating in a Teen Author
Reading Night in November, with a bevy of amazing authors.
And, thanks to the wonderful team at RockStar Book Tours,
you can follow my blog tour, starting Monday, September 21, 2015 at Bookhounds YA.The full tour schedule is below as well.
Hope to see you soon!
Sunday October 4,
163 Court St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
52 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
November 4, 2015
Teen Author Reading
Branch of NYPL
Sixth Avenue and 10th
Alexandra Bullen, Young Widows Club
Amy Ewing, The White Rose
Brendan Kiely and
Jason Reynolds, All American Boys
I am so excited to be the co-author of a creepy and
spine-tingling new YA series called The
Haunting of Sunshine Girl!Of the
first book in the series, bestselling author R.L. Stine said, “I was on the
edge of my seat from the very first page,” and horror icon Wes Craven wrote, “Things
that go bump in the night are afraid to read this book… Read it if you dare, but
don't say I didn't warn you.”Kirkus Reviews called the novel
“Suspenseful, exciting and endlessly entertaining.”
My co-author Paige McKenzie – Sunshine herself! – will be
traveling to bookstores across the country to talk about the series.Maybe she’s coming to your town!Take a look at the list of events below.
Thanks to the wonderful Jacqueline Green, author of the
Truth or Dare series, and my YA Fangirling compatriot for saying “Tag – you’re it!” to me for this
author/illustrator blog tour.
Without further ado, here are my answers:
What am I currently working on?
I actually have several works-in-progress at the moment, but
today in particular, I’m working on a revision of a book I’m particularly
excited about called Faceless, which
will publish next fall.Faceless is the story of a girl named
Maisie Winters who is in a terrible accident – as a result of which, she needs
a face transplant.Researching this book
has been fascinating.Fewer than 30 face
transplants have ever been performed (most of them partial), and there are only
a handful of hospitals in the country that are equipped to do them at all.And as interesting and almost out of this
world as the science behind this story is, I still feel like it’s relatable
somehow – because it’s also just the story of a girl trying to figure out who
she is, and who she wants to be.
Why do I write/illustrate what I write/illustrate?
Now that writing is my full-time job, I definitely approach it that way – as a job. I
have deadlines to meet, responsibilities to fulfill, stories to tell.But I only ever got to this point because for
a long time before, I was just that person who was always writing.I had notebooks filled with short stories as
a little kid and a diary I hid in my sock drawer.I had file after file of essays and tall
tales throughout high school and I took every single writing class I could fit
into my schedule at college.So (cliché
though it may be), I guess the answer to why to I write is that it’s just kind
of what I do, what I’ve always done, what I can’t stop doing.
How does my individual writing/illustrating process work?
So far, my process has been different for every book I’ve
written.I wrote my first few books
while I was still working a different full-time job, so I wrote the books in
fits and starts, on evenings and weekends and the occasional vacation day or
summer Friday.I didn’t outline, but I
did write tons of notes – I would say that my first book was probably the most
made-up-as-I-went-along of any of my books.I had a detailed outline for my fourth book, Second Star, and a very very rough outline for my fifth – Faceless, which I’m currently
revising.I feel like I learn something
different about how to write a book with each book that I write, and I kind of
like that I have different approaches for each.So far, all of my stories have been so different, and the voices so
varied, that it seems appropriate that writing each of them has been such a
My new novel, Second
Star, publishes on Tuesday, May thirteenth.Please join me to celebrate the book’s publication – and get your hands
on a copy one day early! – with a launch event at Monday, May 12th at Books of
Wonder (details below).
And, if you just can’t get enough Second Star, I’ll also be participating in a Teen Author Reading
Night along with a group of wonderful YA authors on Wednesday, July 9th at the
Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library.
One of my very favorite things about
being a writer is getting to meet and participate in events with lots of different writers! This month, I’m lucky enough to be
participating in Random House’s Life ActuallyTour with Lurlene McDaniel, Elizabeth LaBan, Anna Jarzab and more!
Below are the events I’ll be
participating in, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this amazing
tour, celebrating realistic fiction and the release of Lurlene McDaniel's new book, The Year of Luminous Love.Check out the full list of events
Hope to see you soon!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
with Lurlene McDaniel and Elizabeth LaBan
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Barnes & NobleAnnapolis
2516 Solomons Island Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401
with Lurlene McDaniel, Beth Bauman, and
Friday, May 17, 2013
Barnes & Noble Union Square
Union Square, 33 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
with Lurlene McDaniel, Elizabeth LaBan,
Shawn Goodman, and Anna Jarzab