What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
This has been an amazing year for young adult literature, and it’s been especially gratifying to see the number of astonishing debuts we’ve seen. In thanks to the publishers for taking a chance on unknown talent, in thanks to our readers for their enthusiasm, this week we’re taking a little peek at three promising upcoming 2013 debut authors!
Each day, we’ll be showcasing a brand new YA author, who will share a Thanksgiving memory with us. We’ll also be offering up their downloadable recipes and giveaways, so be sure to check back daily!
To kick off the celebration, we’re starting off with A.G. Howard, the author of Splintered. If you follow young adult literature, you probably already have this hotly anticipated title on your radar. It’s the story of Alyssa Gardner, who hears strange whispers…and finds herself going deep into the rabbit hole as she discovers a family curse leading back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. Alyssa must overcome tasks that test her courage, as well as choices that may break her heart. I’m very excited to read this book and I’m sure you are, too!
We’ll have to wait a couple more months until Splintered is released, but in the meantime, Anita shares a Thanksgiving memory and recipe with us below.
Anita Grace Howard’s Thankgiving Memory
When I was young, my grandparents lived on a farm in Whitharral, TX, and we would head up to visit them a few days early before Thanksgiving. My brother and I spent many a chilly autumn afternoon outside in our coats with our cousins, chasing turkeys through a crinkly carpet of leaves. Inevitably, we’d name the fastest birds. We figured it was safe to make pets of those, because they were the skinnier of the lot so there was no chance they’d end up as Thanksgiving dinner. The plan was foolproof until one year we left the pen open and all of the turkeys escaped but the skinniest one who was exhausted from winning the races. Little Joe was invited to Thanksgiving dinner that year, and there were many tears and gnashing of teeth during the carving.
Now, I am a writer, and I’ve always loved a good yarn. So it’s possible I might’ve embellished a little. At least two facts above are true. I’ll leave it to you to decide which ones they are. Hope you have a wonderful stress-free Thanksgiving! And remember: never name your turkey. It can only end in sadness.
Splintered will be released on January 15, 2012.
Download A.G. Howard’s recipe for Pear-Honey Cranberry Sauce! Be sure to let her and us know if you enjoy it.
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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Be sure to join us tomorrow for another Thanksgiving recipe from another 2013 debut author, too.