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The first time Bellamy Blake meets Clarke Griffin, he’s eleven and she’s seven and absolutely terrified of the mall Santa.

Bellamy’s been kind of worrying about the Santa thing, if he’s honest. O wanted to come to the mall to inform Santa he didn’t get her what she wanted last year, and tell him to do a better job this year. Which is not going to work, because their family doesn’t have any more money this year than last year. As a kid, Bellamy sort of got that Santa was never going to get him a pony, but Octavia thinks she deserves one, and if she doesn’t get one, she’s going to be an asshole in the coming year.

So, yeah. He’s possibly looking for some kind of distraction when he spots the girl alone in line, looking like she’s about to cry or bolt, he can’t decide which.

“Stay here, okay?” he tells Octavia, and goes over to the girl. “You okay?” he asks.

She startles, and then glares with fierce blue eyes. “I’m fine.”

“Yeah? So, you want to get your picture taken?”

“No,” she says, too quickly. “It’s weird. If I’m not supposed to talk to strangers, why would I sit in one’s lap and get my picture taken?”

“It’s not a stranger,” he says, trying not to smile. “It’s Santa.”

“Santa’s not real. Mom just wants the picture for her Christmas cards.”

“Where is your mom?”

“At work. My nanny’s supposed to be watching me, but her boyfriend works at the coffee shop so she said I could wait by myself.”

“Huh. Well, I’m here with my sister. You want to wait with us instead?”

“I don’t know you either,” she says.

“I’m Bellamy. My sister’s Octavia. She wants to tell Santa he’s a sham, so you guys should get along.”

“She thinks he’s real?”

“Honestly, I’m not sure. I think maybe she just wants to yell at someone.”

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Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and a special welcome to the wonderful Jandy Nelson, who took a little break from her book tour to chat with us. We know it’s only been two days since I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN went on sale, but we’re betting many of you have already torn through it (go ahead, try to put it down once you’ve started, we dare you). So whether you haven’t yet started or you’re already done, stick around for a few to get to know the mastermind behind one of the most affecting books you’ll read this year! 

Name: Jandy Nelson


Available: September 16, 2014

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Virginia Woolf. Tie for first.

What’s your favorite thing about your book?

It’s done finally! And also: Noah’s invisible paintings.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?

Heathcliff, for obvious reasons.

Where do you write?

I work in complete darkness like a lunatic mole so unfortunately I can’t take a picture. It’s a pitch-black room with sound machine blasting and I also wear earplugs. The computer screen provides the only light and it’s like a portal into the story. It’s fantastic!

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?

The guy who hid a family of Jews for all of World War II and no one ever knew he did it. He/she is my favorite hero/heroine all across history. The secret unheralded ones who perform heroic acts of charity/bravery/compassion/kindness without acknowledgement.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?

I am SO not a funny tweeter! I’m way too slow for twitter! It’s like being in a room with billions of crazy birds.

What is your favorite season?

I love melting, sweltering heat, but summer in San Francisco, where I’ve lived for 27 years, is pretty much of a tundra experience. I think I’d be a good candidate to live on Venus where I hear the daytime temperature is around 900 degrees.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?

I’m quite happy in my house at the moment! I just painted all my walls the coolest shades of coral. Oh, I know! Changed my mind! I’ll go here:


Do you have any writing rituals?

See question #4. And I also abide by John Dufresne’s First Commandment of Writing Fiction, which is: “Sit Your Ass in the Chair. And sit it there daily. Slap on a seatbelt if you must, but sit.” Here’s a photo of my lucky writing chair to prove my devotion to the ritual of sitting the butt down! (Because of its extraordinary luckiness I can never replace it! No matter what.)


What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Being on a roll with the writing. But after that great writing day I want to go on a picnic with everyone I love, (both living and dead if possible), where we will all eat crusty bread with this amazing cheese I just discovered called Bonne Bouche and drink Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the sunshine by a river, trees swaying, birds chirping, the whole marvelous shebang.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

I used to live in Paris and I hung out at a bar called Le Mazet. It’s changed now, but then it was the only place in Paris where buskers could exchange the coins they made playing music on the streets into bills—so there were these amazing nights when all these blues/punk/flamenco/rock/folk/classical/gospel/every-kind-on-earth musicians would be there at the same time, all playing together. It was some of the best live music I’ve ever heard, night after night—but there was this one night I remember that just had a sublime, synergistic combination of musicians playing and singing together and I swear the whole place rocketed straight into the stratosphere. That was the one!

What are you currently working on?

My new novel, THE FALL BOYS & DIZZY IN PARADISE, is about two brothers and a sister living in a hot, dusty Northern California vineyard town called Paradise. Their father mysteriously disappeared sixteen years earlier and the story begins when this strange, enigmatic girl shows up and sends all their lives into tumult. Like I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, it’s a love(s) story (many different kinds of love), but this one has some serious trumpet playing, food making, grape crushing, break ins and outs, dreams shattered and pieced back together, time lost, love lost and found, and a band called Hell Hyena and the Furniture. I’m really excited about it!


So are we, Jandy! 

Keep up with Jandy on Twitter or by visiting her website!

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