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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne for another epic journey.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman for an alternate world of adventure and wonder.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl for the excitement of exploring a new world.

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell for a city explored from a different perspective.

The post was guest edited by author Kenneth Oppel. His latest novel, The Boundless, is out now. Follow him on Twitter here.

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The theme of this book is that nothing is perfect, but this book is a Liar McLiar, because this book is perfect.

This is a wise little tome of fairy-fuckery in the guise of a wasp nest. It’s a magical story, and a kind one, and a giant in few words. I wish I had had it to give to my wry and unsentimental 11 year old anxious OCD-ridden self, but I’m very glad that I had it to give my wry and unsentimental 11 year old anxious OCD-ridden daughter. My favorite novel back then was The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks; THE NEST grew from similar DNA.

All the stars.

Ok can someone please tell me where I can find the other pieces of art that used to be on the official Silverwing website a billion years ago? For the longest time, after they were taken down, I thought I somehow imagined them and they never actually existed. Happily, I recently found that I saved at least one of them and I’m relieved to know my mind isn’t making things up… But did anyone bother saving the others before they got blasted off the internet? They were so dang cute…

We know, we know, it’s still summer! There are just SO many amazing books out this fall (some of the best of the year!) and we can’t wait to talk to you about them. Here are fourteen of our most anticipated fall books—some are debuts, some are the last in a series (*cries forever*), all are must reads.  

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – It’s like Gossip Girl, but in the future. The Thousandth Floor follows five characters who live in a thousandth-floored building, sitting above what used to be Central Park, as they all struggle with something they want but can’t have – it’s an exciting tale of status, love, envy, and loss, and will grip you to the very end! Also, the cover is so gorgeous it’s bananas. On Sale: August 30th

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard – All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? She’s strong in her individuality but it’s the people around her who can’t seem to understand. Girl Mans Up is a touching story about the challenges of growing up. On Sale: September 6th

As I Descended by Robin Talley From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption. Maria and Lily are the school’s ultimate power couple, but one thing stands in the way of their perfect future: Delilah Dufrey. Maria and Lily are willing to do anything to get what they want. But when feuds turn to fatalities, the girls must try to put a stop to the chilling series of events they’ve accidentally set in motion. On Sale: September 6th

Leave Me by Gayle Forman Okay, sure, you’ll find this in the adult section of the bookstore, but listen: this is the latest book by Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, Just One Day, and I Was Here! Leave Me follows Maribeth Klein, who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize that she’s had a heart attack (!!!!!). Full of humor and big-hearted characters, Leave Me shows us that sometimes you have to leave home to find it again. On Sale: September 6th

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When Alex’s sister was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best – the language of violence. Mindy McGinnis’s latest book is a unforgettable page-turner with one of the most memorable protagonists in YA, like, ever. On Sale: September 20th

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst – Strap yourselves in for the first book in the Queens of Renthia series! In this world, the land is full of spirits…who are determinied to rid it of all humankind. Who can stop them? The queen. But a queen is still just human and the threat of danger always looms. So, young women, like Daleina, are chosen to train as heirs to save the land. This is literally a fantasy novel about badass ladies, hellooo. On Sale: September 20th

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel – Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones in an epic tale that combines a hunt for a dinosaur skeleton, bitter rivalries and a forbidden romance! Samuel Bolt’s and Rachel Cartland’s fathers are both hunting for the legendary skeleton, buried deep in the Badlands. While the fathers’ rivalry intensifies, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together, but their flourishing romance seems destined for failure. On Sale: September 20th

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – In Kendare Blake’s latest novel, three sisters, all equal heirs to the crown and each with their own magical power, must fight to the death to become the queen. Talk about family problems. On Sale: September 20th

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“I wanted to kiss her some more. I don’t know why, for there could be no less suitable time. Maybe it was pure relief that we were alive and away from the pirates. Maybe it was jealousy, because she and Bruce had seemed to get along so well. Mostly it was just because I wanted to, had wanted to for days." 

matt cruse, airborn. 

As we know, Adam likes to get his inspiration from the Bible, and such other stuff…

Well, I was reading Skybreaker by Kenneth Opel (sequel to Airborne, the inspiration for The Airship) and came across this line:

“If my heart was a compass, you’d be north.”

I think it’s safe to say that Adam has clearly read the sequel…and if and when Airborn gets made into a movie, Port Blue must be the soundtrack.

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Oppel, born 31 August 1967

Nine Quotes

  1. For me the hard part of writing isn’t coming up with ideas – it’s shaping and developing an idea into a good story. I find writing very hard work, and I write and rewrite my stories many times before I’m happy with them. I think inspiration is a small part of the writing process; perseverance is equally, if not more, important!
  2. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an architect – and I think there are some interesting similarities betweem architecture and writiing – the kind of writing I do, especially, which is heavily structured, and often takes the reader on a journey through a number of physical environment.
  3. First I write an outline of the story, then a first draft, which might take up to six months. Then I try to take a break so I get a fresh perspective on the story when I come back to rewrite and revise. This takes several months. I find that rewriting is when the book gets really interesting – I understand the story and the characters much better the second time around!
  4. If you want to become a writer, write. Write a diary, keep a notebook of your ideas, and write whatever it is you love to write: poems, or short stories, or longer works of fiction or non fiction.
  5. Write about the things you love. That’s what I did when I was a teen. I wrote science fiction stories (a lot like Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and other movies I loved); I wrote fantasy stories (like Dungeons andf Dragons, or Lord of the Rings), and I wrote a story about a kid addicted to video games (like me) – and that became my first published book, just as I was leaving high school.
  6. When you write something, get as much feedback as you can. Parents, teachers, trusted friends. Every bit of intelligent criticism is valuable to you. Submit your work to student magazines and contests.
  7. Always read as much as you can, because that will help you learn what kind of things you like to write best – and you can learn techniques from your favourite writers. What makes something scary, or sad, or exciting, or funny.
  8. Don’t be discouraged if you have to rewrite a story many times. The biggest part of being a successful writer is rewriting, and having the discipline to stick with a story until it’s as good as it can be!
  9. In the end, the people who really have the passion and skill for writing will write – because there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

Oppel is a Canadian writer. He was written 27 books, which include the Silverwing and Airborn series.

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