In a recent School Library Journal http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6600688.html article, Anita Silvey poses the question, "Has the Newbery Lost Its Way?"
The whole piece was interesting on many levels but one line resonated with me as an author:
"...titles that combine quality writing with exciting pacing and heart-tugging characters—remain perennial best sellers even though they never captured Newbery gold."
So that's my goal for the week, the month and my entire writing life-- to aspire to create stories that combine:
1. Quality writing
2. Exciting pacing
3. Heart-tugging characters
Will my books ever win a Newbery or Newbery honor? I wish. Will they become best sellers? I have little control over that. What I can control is immersing myself in reading great books with quality writing, exciting pacing & heart-tugging characters--then keep working at perfecting the craft of my own writing.
We've finally had a hint of rain here in San Francisco and it makes me want to reserve a stack of good books from the S. F. Public Library.
So please tell me Imaginary Readers, which (old and new) middle grade and YA novels do YOU think fulfill Anita Silvey's 3 criteria above? Which books would you recommend reading or rereading on a rainy fall day?