Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kid Konnection: Class 2K12 Never Eighteen

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm not going to do a book review -- life has just been too crazy with getting a new floor in my kitchen. So instead, here's the next installment of ...

Last week, I introduced this new feature on Kid Konnection. For those of you who missed it, here's the scoop:

Throughout 2012, I will be featuring many of the authors from the Class of 2K12. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Class of 2K12, it's a group of middle grade and young adult authors who have books being released some time during 2012. You can learn more about the authors and their books here. (And while you are visiting the blog, make sure you sign up for their mailing list. You are going to want to stay informed because there will be many opportunities to win some fantastic prize packs!)

You might notice that I used the word interview in the previous sentence, and that's because I didn't really interview the authors. Rather, I asked each author to do one simple thing:

Describe your book in 200 characters or less.

I asked Megan Bostic author of NEVER EIGHTEEN (which will be available on January 17th) to describe her book in just a few words; and here's what she had to say:

Seventeen-year-old Austin Parker will probably never see his eighteenth birthday, let alone the end of the year. In the short time he has left, he’s decided he needs to help the people he loves live—even though he never will. 

There is a terrific website devoted to the novel! You will find more about the book including character information, specifics about the sites mentioned in the story, and even the inspiration for the book. In addition, there is a list of discussion questions for book clubs.

Megan (that’s with a long “e”) Bostic is a mere human trying to find her place in the universe and an all-around great girl. Despite the rain and gray (she’s truly solar powered) making her extremely angsty, she’s lived in the Pacific Northwest her whole life, and still does, with her two crazy beautiful girls.

She thrives on the challenges faced in her journey to publication and has documented it vlog style. You can find her Chronicles of an Aspiring Writer on Youtube.

Her writing process she lovingly calls “organized chaos”. She writes on her laptop at the kitchen table next to the sliding glass door so she can absorb as much sun as she can. The “organized” part of the process mostly takes place in her head and involves the beginning and the end of her work in progress. The “chaos” part is pretty much how she sits down and writes with reckless abandon, not stopping to fix, revise, edit, or even breathe until she’s done.

When not writing, Megan is usually chauffeuring her teenage daughters and their friends, watching her girls play soccer, watching movies and TV shows on Netflix, hanging out with friends, spending time at the ocean, or walking the Narrows Bridge.

Megan loves the color black, monkeys, and is a notorious Facebook addict. She’s a proud member of The Class of 2K12 and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can also find her on Twitter, Goodreads, Jacketflap, and anywhere else cool authors hang out.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

NEVER EIGHTEEN sounds like a great book, an emotional read. Thanks for spotlighting it!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Never Eighteen sounds really interesting - I'm going to the website to check it out!

My book today for Kid Konnection is a wonderful retelling of The Snow Queen for Middle Grade called Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

bermudaonion said...

That does sounds like a very emotional book!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I love this new feature and am excited about this book! Off tot heir website to sign up!