Today we're excited to chat with Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of The Summer of Broken Things. Read on for more about Margaret and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Margaret Peterson Haddix!
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including the Children of Exile series, The Missing series, the Under Their Skin series, and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.
Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.
But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.
Margaret Peterson Haddix weaves together two completely separate lives in this engaging novel that explores what it really means to be a family—and what to do when it’s all falling apart.
A Chat with Margaret Peterson Haddix:
5. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Everything! THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS is my 41st book, and I think this is my very favorite cover. I’m in awe of what an amazing job the designer, Lucy Ruth Cummins, did in symbolizing so many aspects of the book with one image. And it’s beautiful.
6. What was your favorite book in 2017?
I don’t keep track of what I read when, so it’s a little difficult to remember what I read in the first half of 2017 vs. the end of 2016. But my favorite YA book that I read in the second half of 2017 was FAR FROM THE TREE, by Robin Benway. I made the mistake of reading the last half of it on a plane—and in a middle seat—so it was a little embarrassing how much it made me cry.
My favorite non-YA book I read in 2017 was HOMEGOING, by Yaa Gyasi. It’s horrifying and amazing and profound.
7. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
By far, it’s the scene(s) that begins with Avery’s dad driving off the road between the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) and El Escorial. From that point through the next fifty pages or so, I cried as I was writing the first draft, and then cried during every single stage of revision after that, even when I was just proofreading the last version. Sometimes I was crying for Avery, sometimes I was crying for Kayla, and sometimes I was crying for the dad. And all of those times I was probably just crying for myself, for being human and helpless and inadequate and mortal. But I always cried.
8. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
For the first 20 years or so of my writing career, I would have said drafting. I love the feeling of discovery, and the sudden epiphanies. But revision is growing on me. More and more, I see how many epiphanies there are with revision, too. Maybe I’ve finally learned to be patient and wait for the ideas that are a little slower to blossom.
The Summer of Broken Things
By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Release Date: April 10, 2018