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Young Adult Book Review: Between Two Skies

The following review of Between Two Skies (Candlewick, April 25, 2017) by Joanne O’Sullivan is by Food, Fitness and Fiction Contributing Editor Joshua Flores (pictured below).     Here is a description of Between Two Skies from Amazon: Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life —… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The following review of Caraval  (Flatiron Books, January 31, 2017) by Stephanie Garber is from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Amber Lee. Here’s a description from Amazon: Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now… Read More

An Interview with YA Author Jeff Giles

I first “met” Jeff Giles on Facebook. Then on Twitter. And again—but in real life, this time—at his New York City book signing at McNally Jackson for his debut YA novel, The Edge of Everything. (See photo below.) He’s hilarious and talented and I really enjoyed the book AND cannot… Read More

Young Adult Book Review: Camp So-And-So

The following review of Camp So-And-So (Carolrhoda Books, March 1, 2017) by Mary McCoy is by Food, Fitness and Fiction Contributing Editor Joshua Flores (pictured below). Here is a description of Camp So-And-So from Amazon: The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week… Read More

Girl in Pieces: An Interview with Kathleen Glasgow

One of the great professional joys in my life is celebrating beautiful writing and wonderful, necessary books. That’s why I was so happy to find Girl in Pieces (Delacorte Press, August 2016) by Kathleen Glasgow. Already a New York Times bestseller, the book is so raw and lends an important… Read More

Writers on Writing: An Interview with Julie Buxbaum

The following post is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Josh Flores. Julie Buxbaum, author of the YA romance, Tell Me Three Things (Delacorte Press, April 2016), has created a story that speaks to loss, young love, and the significance of relationships. Based on an anonymous email she received… Read More

Writing KidLit: What I’m Learning on the Journey

As a nonfiction author of four health and nutrition books, my foray into fiction writing for kids has been an uphill—but amazing—climb over the last two plus years. Even though I feel I’ve always been a writer, writing my nutrition books has been so, so different than writing fiction. Whereas… Read More

An Interview with Young Adult Author David Arnold

After seeing the smart, funny AND super friendly young adult authors David Arnold and Adam Silvera at the recent launch of Arnold’s sophomore book, Kids of Appetite (Viking/Penguin, September 2016) at Books of Wonder (see photo of Arnold, Silvera, my friend Riley and me below), I was inspired to read… Read More

YA Book Review: Outrun the Moon

The following review of Outrun the Moon (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books, May 24, 2016) by Stacey Lee is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Amber Lee (pictured below).   Here’s a description of the book from Amazon: San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the… Read More

An Interview with Author Gae Polisner

The following post is from Food, Fitness & Fiction Contributing Editor Josh Flores.  Gae Polisner is the author of the new and beautifully written novel, The Memory of Things. Told in the alternating perspectives of two teens in the midst of the September 11th attacks, Polisner illustrates the challenges of… Read More