Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Book Thief

I recently finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was a wonderful novel and I strongly recommend that people of all ages read it. Although it is a young adult novel, it has very dark and cruel themes. The Book Thief is about a young girl's life in Nazi Germany, and how she deals with life's challenges. This book asks, what do you do when you feel something is wrong? Do you comply with society and their rules or do you stand up for what you believe in? Also, you see how Leisal, the main character, deals with the death and loss of many people that she loved and held dear to her heart. It's a powerful story that will without a doubt pAdd Imagerovoke emotion from the reader.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Flash 5 Contest!

Flash 5 Contest!
New website I discovered while reading my morning NYTimes online...FIGMENT. Devoted to YA authors and writers, it is a mash up of library review site and writing site and a whole lot more. It was just launched this week, so there is not a ton of content, but based on the NYTimes article they have plans that sound truely exicitng. Teens love to write, and ths is a great place to do so.. and possibly have a publsher pick up your work and take it to the next level. The link above is for a poetry contest. Check it out as well as the site and let me know what you think.