Author Love: Trish Doller

Author Love

I’m very excited to feature Trish Doller in today’s Author Love post!

Trish Doller

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Reasons I love Trish Doller…

  • She writes about important/tough issues without writing “issue” or preachy books.
  • Her characters drive the stories. It’s been over a year since I’ve read Something Like Normal and months since I’ve read Where the Stars Still Shine, yet I am still thinking about Travis and Callie.
  • Even though Travis and Callie are struggling with conflicts that many of my students aren’t struggling with, my students are pulled into their stories and end up truly caring about Travis and Callie. Whenever they finish one of the books they return it and ask if there’s going to be a sequel to either Something Like Normal or Where the Stars Still Shine. They don’t want to leave the characters.
  • Trish Doller creates beautiful settings and engaging minor characters. I saw everything and everyone perfectly when I read each book. It’s one of the reasons I’m so involved in the stories. And just like with Travis and Callie, I still think about and picture Harper and Alex and each characters’ family.

My question for Trish (and all Author Love authors): “Why do you love writing for teens?”

“I love writing for teens because I think teenagers are so interesting. Their inner lives are so much richer than we give them credit for. They feel all the things adults feel, but they’re still learning to process them and I think young adult fiction lets them know that they’re not alone.”

Trish Doller’s Books:

Something Like NormalTitle: Something Like Normal (My review)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: June 19th, 2012 (available in paperback)
Summary (From Goodreads):

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

 

Where the Stars Still ShineTitle: Where the Stars Still Shine (My review)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Chidlrens
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Summary (From Goodreads):

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

News about Trish’s upcoming book:

“My next project is coming from Bloomsbury in April 2015 and is currently called Arcadia Falls, but that title will be changed. It’s the story of Arcadia “Cadie” Wells, a teenage girl who lives in northern Florida whose life since her mother died, has been nothing but school, working in her family’s market, and raising her little brother. Cadie longs to see the world, but feels trapped. So when she goes to a campfire party at the local state park and a couple of good-looking guys ask her if she wants to road trip with them, she impulsively says yes. Except one of the boys is not what he seems and the trip goes tragically wrong.”

To read about more fabulous authors, check out Jillian’s Author Spotlight on… feature on her blog, Heise Reads & Recommends.

Author Love: Shawn Goodman

I’m kicking off a new feature on my blog called Author Love which I created to spotlight authors I love and think others will love as well. I have some great authors lined up for this feature! This will be a way for me to discuss each author’s group of titles, link to my reviews, feature a quote from each other, etc.

Author Love

I’m excited to feature Shawn Goodman in my very first Author Love post!

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Reasons I love Shawn Goodman…

  • He writes about troubled characters while still offering glimmers of hope.
  • He’s a school psychologist who actively works to enhance student literacy.
  • His characters are unique, well-developed, and ones I care about long after finishing their story.
  • My reluctant readers gravitate to his books and ask for more when they finish.
  • His books are engaging, quick reads that are hard to put down.

My question for Shawn (and all Author Love authors): “Why do you love writing for teens?”

“I love writing for teens because they don’t care who I am, or where I come from. They care about whether or not it’s a good story, and if it makes them think and feel. I think teens are able to let themselves go into a story without a whole lot of judgment or preconceived ideas. And when a book works, there’s this amazing, powerful relationship between two complete strangers: the reader, and the writer.”

Shawn Goodman’s Books:

Something Like HopeTitle: Something Like Hope (My review)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 28th, 2010
Summary (From Goodreads):

17-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns 18. Shavonne tells him the truth about her crack-addicted mother, the child she had (and gave up to foster care) at fifteen, and the secret shame she feels about what she did to her younger brother after her mother abandoned them.

Meanwhile, Shavonne’s mentally unstable roommate Cinda makes a rash move, and Shavonne’s quick thinking saves her life—and gives her the opportunity to get out of the Center if she behaves well. But Shavonne’s faith is tested when her new roommate, mentally retarded and pregnant Mary, is targeted by a guard as a means to get revenge on Shavonne. As freedom begins to look more and more likely, Shavonne begins to believe that maybe she, like the goslings recently hatched on the Center’s property, could have a future somewhere else—and she begins to feel something like hope.

This is a brutally honest, but hopeful story of finding yourself and moving beyond your past.

Kindness for WeaknessTitle: Kindness for Weakness (My review)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 14th, 2013
Summary (From the publisher):

“In the spirit of [Walter Dean Myers’s] Monster meeting  The Catcher in the Rye, Goodman’s masterful story will remain with the reader long after the last page, echoing the raw truth that perhaps a real man is one who is both brave and scared.” —Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray

In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive?

Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.

 

 

To read about more fabulous authors, check out Jillian’s Author Spotlight on… feature on her blog, Heise Reads & Recommends.

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