Friday, February 25, 2011

So Long... And Thanks for Coming

I had the choice of overfilled ashtrays or fallen bottles, so I just had to go with the munchkin. Yes, it's been a whole 7 days of partying here at The YoWD and, as any party marathon host will tell you, it's been hard work but oh so gratifying. I have LOVED all of your comments and I look forward to awarding prizes tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who stopped by.

Final Question of the Day: If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Final Prize of the Day:

April Henry is a friend and neighbor of mine (our kids went to the same schools) and I am meeting her for lunch today so she can sign a copy of her latest YA novel for one of you lucky commenters. Here's what one of my fave agents, Mary Kole, says about Girl Stolen on her blog:
I’m a huge fan of April Henry’s writing. In this gripping, thrilling YA, she takes on a challenge that most writers would easily shy away from: her narrator is a blind girl. What does that mean? It means that there’s some masterful, unexpected description in this book. What else? It’s really easy to ratchet up the stakes and tension. What happens to our dear blind girl? Does she enjoy a nice sit, safe on a couch somewhere? Bad news: she’s kidnapped. Worse yet: she’s sick. And did I mention she’s blind? Reading GIRL, STOLEN is like a three-hour-long anxiety attack, and I loved every minute of it. Read this for a very elegant lesson in pacing and tension…and to see how a writer fares when her powers of visual description are taken away.


  1. If I could choose any character in literature I would probably have to go with Gandalf. Because he rules.

  2. wow,I'm going to have to get this book....

  3. Tough question! My answer is Quoyle, from The Shipping News, because he's so lost at the beginning of the novel, and then he finds a place in the world for himself (and his daughters). Plus it would be hilarious to work at The Gammy Bird newspaper with all those characters.

  4. Matthew beat me to it. Maybe !Xabu in Tad Williams' Otherland series. He was so calm all the time. I loved him.

  5. First of all, thank you for the fabulous're a wonderful host. :), the questions! The first thing that came to mind is that I'd want to be some minor character who could wander from story to story in Mother Goose...probably because most of the kids I know today don't know nursery rhymes or the stories I grew up with!

  6. The character I most closely associate with is Reginald Perrin.

    As to who I would want to be; shopping in the supermarket I think I choose Medea; at school sports day I think a young Superman, as CEO of a large corporation I think King Lear and for those days when I haven't a care in the world, Don Quixote.

    But if I only have to choose one, I think I would choose to be Tarzan.

  7. I'm gonna go with Zeus. Yes, I have a god complex. Thanks for a great year. Here's to your next one.


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