Elizabeth Wein (photo credit David He)

Elizabeth Wein: Ethiopia, Flying and “Foreignness”!

It is a pleasure today to welcome Elizabeth Wein, author of the brilliant Young Pilots series that includes Printz-honoured book Code Name Verity review, Rose Under Fire review and now, Black Dove, White Raven review. I’d like to start by asking what your inspiration for Black Dove, White Raven is. I know that’s such a … Continue reading

Dear UKYA blogging community: don’t get your knickers in a twist.

I love you very much. Lots of you are great friends – we’ve had super times talking and reading and partying together. But recently, we’ve been going through a few existential crises. A few comments from authors, or by publicists in emails, have had us flustered. We feel like we’re being treated unfairly for something … Continue reading

22 Questions: Andrew Smith

Introducing 20 Questions, a new format for interviewing authors. Alongside in-depth, one on one interviews, 20 Questions aims to provide a more spontaneous opportunity for writers to talk about their lives and their stories. Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several young adult novels including the critically acclaimed Winger and Grasshopper Jungle, which received … Continue reading

His Dark Materials Readalong wrap-up!

If you follow me on Twitter (@RhysWolfgang), you’ll know I’ve been re-reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials as part of the #HDMreadalong to celebrate 20 years since the publication of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass). I last read Pullman’s acclaimed series for the first time when I was about 11 –- about 8 years ago … Continue reading

Are John Green’s Books Better Read than Watched?

(And by John I mean his books, obviously!) Having just seen the first Paper Towns trailer – below – it’s an idea I can’t shake off. Now that the second adaptation is in the can, and the third – Looking for Alaska – ever likely, I can’t help but wondering if Green’s stories are better … Continue reading