Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

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to be released September 23, 2014.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

Read on … what Scott reveals

 

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The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

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KEVIN BROOKS’ THE BUNKER DIARY SCOOPS THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL AFTER 10 YEAR STRUGGLE TO GET PUBLISHED!

Brooks was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal for The Bunker Diary, a fictional diary of a kidnapped boy held hostage in a bunker. After being rejected for its lack of hope, Brooks struggled for a decade to see his winning teen novel in print.

CILIP Carnegie winner Kevin Brooks, speaking at the award ceremony, said: “There is a school of thought that no matter how dark or difficult a novel is, it should contain at least an element of hope. As readers, children – and teens in particular – don’t need to be cossetted with artificial hope that there will always be a happy ending. They want to be immersed in all aspects of life, not just the easy stuff. They’re not babies, they don’t need to be told not to worry, that everything will be all right in the end, because they’re perfectly aware that in real life things aren’t always all right in the end. To be patronizing, condescending towards the reader is, to me, the worst thing a Young Adult fiction author can do.”

The history of The Bunker Diary makes this win particularly special. I knew I could have got the book published years ago if I’d rewritten it – toned it down, changed the ending, explained a lot of unexplained things – but to me that would have meant writing a different book, a book that I didn’t want to write.”

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