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School Library Journal | Best of 2016
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Having money doesn’t mean anything if you don’t use it in the right way.
—  Carrie Hope Fletcher, On The Other Side



Emily O'Beirne is officially my favorite author. I’ve read all her works and so far, I am never disappointed. I like the fact that she writes YA with queer characters, but the story is really not all about being queer. The sex part is subtle and not overly emphasized (I am simply not into erotica that much). It’s also cool that she always include something with social relevance. The war in Syria (Points of Departure) and the issue with refugees in Australia (Here’s The Thing) are discussed in her books. In her previous books, the MC is also into social work and I admire how she incorporates this in her works.

I really like reading YA, but Emily’s works have a mature undertone which I enjoy a lot. Now I am more excited to see her future works. 😁😁😁

besides the awards the best part of award season are the theatrics….. the collars exo wore.. the ya novel trailer …. sehun rapping chanyeols parts….. baekhyuns solo dance ….. cant belieb exo jus gave me a masters in theatre tech

Artistic Endeavors: Jill MacKenzie talks writing and art

When we hear a person say, “I’m an artist,” we tend to think he’s a painter, a singer, a dancer, or a writer.  A purveyor of one specific left-brain talent, rather than a surveyor of many artistic endeavors.

In my YA novel, Spin the Sky, Magnolia is a contemporary dancer. She talks about wanting to transcend. She talks about wanting to win the show. In real life, there’s always been this bit of division between dancing as an art and dancing for competition. People used to think that you couldn’t have both, and if you wanted both than you probably didn’t want either — at least not bad enough. While I do think things have (thankfully) changed some in recent years, I’m not sure that everyone considers this drive to create art and this drive to create a new kind of life with art as the vehicle equal. So which is the real art? Art for art’s sake or art for the sake of transcendence?

Dancing — no matter the motivation — is a form of expression. And isn’t that what art is? For me, it’s a way to tell stories, release emotions, inhale reaction from those emotions. I felt all of this very strongly while writing Magnolia and her story, told half through her narration and half through her dance. And the reason I wanted to incorporate other arts into my writing is that music and dance have informed my writing as much as learning the craft of writing has. As for Magnolia, we don’t see her expressing herself in any other kind of traditional art other than dance. But if we examine Magnolia’s other passion — clam digging — we’ll see that though it’s not an art in the traditional sense, the way Magnolia and Rose approached clam digging with precision, dedication, and passion, it’s like it is an art, is a form of expression, as much as dance, music, writing is, too.

I spent most of my childhood dancing. Maybe not as seriously as Magnolia, but it was a huge part of whom I was back then. Simultaneous to all my years of dance, I was always writing stories. Short stories, long stories, stories told in pictures and stories that never were written down because they were meant to be spoken aloud. Some of my stories were in the form of dance. And some of them simply illustrated the music I was dancing to, giving visual to someone else’s lyrics. For me, it was all art.

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Happy Birthday to me! After months of working, The Defectives is now published!

The Defectives is a young adult novel, but it can be enjoyed by all.

I put a lot of time, commitment, passion, money, and heart into this one!


Juniper Johnson’s life shattered the moment that her spine did. The teenager had initially planned on attending an elite high school for students with superabilities. Instead, she is shipped off to Effective “Defective” Academy - an institution for children with superabilities and disabilities. With the help of her friends, her kind professor, and her less-than-kind mentor, Juniper learns what it means to be disabled, what it means to be a superhero, and what it means to be human.

You can read excerpts here:

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17.1.16 Super cozy fiction writing this morning! I’m 26'000 words in. Drop me a line if you’d like me to post a little of it! I woke up very early today because the children next door were playing in the snow ☕❄

Do you know who I think is the ugliest boy in school? Simon Snow. You know what I’d give him on a scale of one to ten, with one as the ugliest and ten as the prettiest? I’d give him an 8… 8.5… or a 9… but not… NOT over a 9.8. Because there is always room for improvement. Not everyone is perfect, like me. I’m holding out for a 10. Because I’m worth it.
—  Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch, probably at some point

Sharing Teen Literary Love with @blueeyedbiblio

For more young adult book recommendations, follow @blueeyedbiblio on Instagram.

You can thank Harry Potter for Emily Ables’ (@blueeyedbiblio) infectious love of literature. When the 18-year-old Ohioan first encountered the boy wizard, it was — appropriately — a magical moment.

“It showed me how much stories can do,” Emily says of the J.K. Rowling series. “Stories can allow you to live somewhere else for a day. They can show you what it’s like to have supernatural powers. They can show you that you’re not alone. Once I learned how many lives I can live through stories, all I wanted was to read, read, read.”

Emily started her book-centric Instagram last year, and her followers consider her an expert in young adult novel recommendations.

“I’ve had people tell me they bought Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because I raved about it so often,” she says. “Those instances always make me incredibly happy. I love when people read a book because they know I loved it. Sharing the love of reading is a great feeling.”