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Book Trailer Reveal: Flying Fillies: The Sky’s the Limit (Christy Hui)

October 5th, 2022 by

YABC is excited to share the trailer reveal for

Flying Fillies: The Sky’s the Limit by Christy Hui!

Read on for more about Christy, her book, and a book trailer reveal!

 

 

 

Meet The Author: Christy Hui

Christy Hui grew up in China, reading every martial arts novel she could lay her hands on and dreaming of becoming a martial artist. After emigrating to America as a teenager, she became an award-winning children’s T.V. producer and writer. Her works include Xiaolin Chronicles and the Emmy-winning animated series, Xiaolin Showdown, produced by Warner Brothers Animation.

Christy is passionate about filmmaking and tea! In fact, she loves tea so much that she made a documentary, 9 Dragons Tea, about how this beverage changed the world.

FLYING FILLIES: The Sky’s the Limit holds a special place in her heart. It celebrates the WASP—Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII—timeless heroines who defended freedom with unflinching courage and showed the world that glass ceilings are made to be flown straight through!
About the Book: Flying Fillies: The Sky’s the Limit

FLYING FILLIES is an adventure book for children about growing up with the female pilots in World War 2.

A surprise attack on Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II! Defeat would mean a future too horrible to imagine, so every American must play their part, including 12-year-old Dawn Springfield.

Dawn volunteers at nearby Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. Her aunt Georgia has joined the WASPWomen Airforce Service Pilots—a program that trains female pilots to fly military planes to relieve their male counterparts desperately needed on the battlefront. Only a few will be chosen; even fewer will survive the training—some won’t survive at all.

Through laughter and tears, triumph and disaster, Dawn watches the Flying Fillies, her nickname for the WASP, overcome every obstacle and soar to new heights. Their stories and sacrifice inspire her coming of age.

Highly recommended by educators, parents, and teachers, this historical fiction book for children makes for an excellent resource to supplement the history curriculum in schools. And for parents who teach their kids at home, this is an excellent addition to the homeschool books.

Flying Fillies showcases a LOOKING BACK section with vivid historical photos to bring to life real WW2 WASP in training, thanks to the support of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas.

This children’s book also includes ample archival images from war bonds to victory gardens and canning to illustrate the time and WWII history.

GLOSSARY enriches the historical details, including prominent WWII figures, popular 1940s terms, and other pertinent facts.

A historical fiction book for kids aged 8 & up. 
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Title: Flying Fillies: The Sky’s the Limit

Author: Christy Hui

Release Date: July 4, 2022

Publisher: BrainLush Media Inc.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Range: YA

Exclusive Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex (Lynne Howard) ~US/CAN

June 29th, 2022 by

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Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex by Lynne Howard!

Read on for more about Lynne, her book, a book trailer reveal & giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet The Author: Lynne Howard

Lynne Howard, author of the Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex series, is a writer, lawyer, and teacher. Passionate about serving her community and dedicated to social and environmental justice, she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, children, and two dogs, Halle and Oliver.

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About the Book: Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex

In a stunning debut, Lynne Howard’s Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex casts a potent reader’s charm over all youngsters clamoring for a new supernatural hero. Dylan believes he is a typical twelve-year-old until he stumbles into a vortex that miraculously transports him to the immortal dimension, a parallel universe.
Dylan not only learns that he is a warlock, but he also discovers a twin brother, extraordinary powers, and a secret prophecy that seems to have Dylan and his family at its crux. Dylan, along with his brother and their new-found wizard friend Thea, begin to unravel the mystery that surrounds their birth and the danger that threatens immortals
and humans alike.
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Book’s Title: Dylan Dover: Into the Vortex

Author: Lynne Howard

Release Date: 6/29 e-book and 7/4 for paperback

Publisher: The Conrad Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-914913-98-3

Genre: MG Fantasy

Age Range: 8+

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Exclusive Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: A Measure of Serenity (Bryan Prosek) ~ US Only

October 8th, 2021 by

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YABC is excited to share the exclusive trailer reveal for

A Measure of Serenity by Bryan Prosek!

Read on for more about Bryan, his book, an trailer reveal & giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Bryan Prosek!

Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut novel, The Brighter the Stars, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring. Taking you to new worlds.

 

 

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Meet A Measure of Serenity!

Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, all the time. Awkward. When her father suddenly disappears, Serenity follows his trail to a parallel dimension. The feds on the other side claim to want to help her go home, if she helps them reconstruct the right codes for the portal between worlds. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying.

When Serenity learns that her alter-ego was killed in battle, she assumes “the other Serenity’s” identity and uses her unique abilities to lead the resistance in a mortal fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not have a home to return to.      

 

 

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A Measure of Serenity

Author: Bryan Prosek

Publisher: CamCat Publishing

 Publish Date: November 2nd, 2021

 

 

 

 

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Movie Trailer Reveal for Birds Of Paradise + Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

October 1st, 2021 by

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YABC is excited to share the movie trailer reveal for

Birds of Paradise!

 

Keep reading to learn more about the Birds of Paradise movie  

that is based on the phenomenal best-selling book,

Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small!

 

 

 

 

In 2019, renowned writer and former professional dancer A.K. Small captivated the YA world with her debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS [workman.com], which Entertainment Weekly called “YA catnip.” Praised as an “otherworldly…cerebral debut” by Booklist and “addictive, angst-y, and heartfelt,” by Kirkus Reviews, Small weaves an authentic, page-turning story of female friendship in which two dancers fight for center stage and a spot in the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. It is no surprise that this dazzling debut stole the spotlight and captured the attention of Amazon Studios.

 

And now, Algonquin is proud to share the news that BRIGHT BURNING STARS will be released on September 24th as a major motion picture starring Kristine Froseth (Looking for Alaska and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser), Diana Silvers (Ava), and Jacqueline Bisset (Murder on the Orient Express).

 

 

 

 

Check out this stunning preview that has already garnered over 2 million views (and counting!) on YouTube

and another 285,000 views on starring actress Kristine Froseth’s Instagram,

where she has been drumming up excitement among her 1.1 million Instagram followers.

 

Fans of the hit Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things or favorites like Black Swan and Bunheads are sure to love this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Birds of Paradise!

 

Kate is an aspiring ballerina who is given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris. Upon arrival her confidence is tested by a fellow dancer, Marine who recently lost her brother. While confrontational at first, their relationship evolves into an emotionally charged, competitive union beset by lies and sexual awakening as they risk it all to join the Opéra national de Paris.
   Director 
Sarah Adina Smith
   Starring 
Diana SilversKristine FrosethJacqueline Bisset
  Genres 
DramaYoung Adult Audience

 

 

Click HERE to watch Birds of Paradise on Amazon Prime (with subscription)!

 

 

 

 

Meet Bright Burning Stars!

 

“A compulsively readable story. I was breathless and battling tears up until the very last stunning turns onstage and beyond. A dazzling, heart-wrenching debut.” —Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us

Would you die for the Prize?

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained since childhood at the Paris Opera Ballet School, where they’ve forged an inseparable bond through shared stories of family tragedies and a powerful love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves how far they would go for the ultimate prize: to be named the one girl who will join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic will make them shine, too? Would they risk death for it? Neither girl is sure.
 
But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the Prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

Bright Burning Stars is a stunning, propulsive story about girls at their physical and emotional extremes, the gutting power of first love, and what it means to fight for your dreams.

 

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Meet A.K. Small!

A. K. Small was born in Paris, France. At five years old, she began studying classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At thirteen, she moved to the United States, where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, her puppy, and her three daughters, and practices yoga. Bright Burning Stars is her first novel.

 

 

 

 ~ Praise for Bright Burning Stars ~

 

“A.K. Small’s debut novel, Bright Burning Stars, is basically YA catnip…Small’s attention to detail — the minutiae of Marine and Kate’s lives in the academy — is beautifully written, and both the propulsion of the drama between Marine and Kate and their own demons make this book compulsively readable. Small only leaves you wanting more from her ballet focused world.”

Entertainment Weekly ~

 

 

“Cutthroat ballerinas duking it out really never gets old.”

~ Cosmopolitan ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three winners will receive a copy of Bright Burning Stars (A.K. Small) ~ (US Only)

 

 

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Exclusive Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: A Light In The Sky (Shina Reynolds) ~ US Only

September 22nd, 2021 by

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YABC is excited to share the exclusive trailer reveal for

A Light In The Sky by Shina Reynolds!

Read on for more about Shina, her book, an trailer reveal & giveaway!

 

 

 Thank you for tuning in for the exclusive world premiere of the A Light in the Sky book trailer! Available for preorder now!

~ Shina Reynolds ~

 

 

 

Meet Shina Reynolds!

SHINA REYNOLDS grew up in Nebraska, riding horses through wide-open fields. She wrote her first two books in her sixth-grade English class, the second of which went on to win an award at the Nebraska Young Author’s Conference. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with honors in art history and with a minor in anthropology. Before writing her debut novel, A Light in the Sky , she worked in film, music, and modeling. Shina currently resides in Texas, where she spends the majority of the year trying to stay cool and imagining she lives in Ireland. When she’s not writing, she can be found painting abstractly, exploring the outdoors with her husband, and entertaining her mostly cuddly cat. 

 

 

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Meet A Light In The Sky!

Red Queen meets The Scorpio Races in a high-flying new fantasy series filled with passion, betrayal, and adventure from debut author Shina Reynolds.

Seventeen-year-old Aluma Banks has always dreamed of soaring freely through the skies astride a powerful winged steed of her own. But flying is a privilege granted only to the Riders of the king’s Empyrean Cavalry, the aerial warriors who defend the borders of their land from the fallen Kingdom of Laithlann.

Each year, Rider hopefuls across Eirelannia compete in the Autumn Tournament for the honor of joining the Cavalry. Aluma, trained to ride and fight by her retired Empyrean Rider father, knows she has what it takes to prove herself worthy—if only her father hadn’t forbidden her from joining their ranks, in the hope of protecting his only daughter from the perils of war. To make matters worse, Thayer, Aluma’s best friend who could be becoming something more, is competing—and if he wins, he’ll leave her behind.

When Aluma’s father is tragically injured just before the Tournament, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into this year’s competition. But as Aluma begins to pursue her dreams, she learns devastating secrets about the king and his never-ending war with Laithlann. In her quest for the truth, Aluma discovers a power deep within herself that may be the only way to save Eirelannia and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all. 

 

 

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Written and directed by: Shina Reynolds

Starring: Lily Lequerica, Daniel Ferrell, and Michael Banks

Voiceover by: Shina Reynolds

Produced by : Wink Road Press and FoxForce

Edited by: Julin Jean

Director of Photography: Chris Pilarski

Sound by: Brian Baker

 

A Light in the Sky book cover design by: Micaela Alcaino

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Haunting Illustrated Novel Combines Supernatural Suspense with the Everyday Horrors of Real Life: The Hideaway by Pam Smy, the acclaimed author of Thornhill

September 10th, 2021 by

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YABC is excited to be a part of the book blitz for  a new novel for teens and tweens that would be perfect for Halloween, and Kirkus hails as “atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic”: The Hideaway (Pavilion Children’s; 9/7/21; UK Sept 9th; ISBN: 978-1843654797; Hardcover $19.95; Ages 8-13; 256 pages) by Pam Smy, author of critically- and commercially-acclaimed debut Thornhill

The Hideaway combines gripping text and stunning illustration to tell the story of Billy McKenna, a boy who runs away from a difficult situation at home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard to deal with his mixed-up emotions. There, Billy meets an elderly man who tends the graves in preparation for All Souls’ Eve, and ultimately witnesses the magical events that come to pass on that spooky night.

Interwoven in Billy’s supernatural story is the all-too-realistic tale of his mother’s situation at home and the police search for Billy. With themes of family and childhood, separation and reunion, domestic violence and doing the right thing, this is an important and beautiful book for middle graders through adults.

Billy’s story is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings, until the event on All Souls’ Eve, when the text gives way to a series of double page images of the supernatural happening.

The Hideaway is a compelling, exciting and emotional story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

 

 

 

Meet The Hideaway!

 

A haunting illustrated novel from the author of the highly acclaimed Thornhill.

Told in two alternating narratives, The Hideaway tells the story of Billy McKenna, who runs away from home and takes refuge in an overgrown graveyard. The first narrative is told from his perspective, whereas the second thread tells of the situation at home and the police search for Billy. Covering themes of domestic violence, families, childhood, being separated and reunited, this is an important and beautifully illustrated book for middle grade readers right up to adults.

The Hideaway is illustrated throughout with tonal and textured black and white drawings. The atmospheric illustrations seep into the edge of the pages before they give way to a series of double-page spreads as the story reaches its climax.

 

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Meet Pam Smy!

Pam Smy studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle, Julia Donaldson, and Kathy Henderson, among others. Her first novel, Thornhill, was a critical and commercial success, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the UKLA Book Awards, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018, and winning the 2018 British Book Design & Production Award for Graphic Novels. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

 

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 “Atmospherically heartfelt and cathartic.” –Kirkus

 

 

 

 

 

~GIVEAWAY~

 

5 winners will receive a hardcover of The Hideaway ~ (US/UK)

Giveaway ends 9/19 at 11:59pm ET

 

 

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Trailer Reveal: Coin Heist (now available on Netflix!!)

January 10th, 2017 by

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It’s finally here! COIN HEIST, based on the YA novel by Elisa Ludwig,

is now available to watch on Netflix!

Additionally, the paperback movie tie-in copy of the book is currently available at Barnes and Noble. This fun story follows a group of classmates in Philadelphia who are unlikely friends but decide to work together on a plan they think of during a field trip. Adventure ensues as they try to attempt the impossible and find out more about each other and themselves in the process. More info can be found below.

Coin Heist

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.


United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. This diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig’s COIN HEIST is a fun, suspenseful and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that will change all of their lives – if they can pull it off.

ISBN-13: 9781945293139

Publisher: Adaptive Books

Publication date: 11/15/2016

Edition description: Movie Tie-in

Pages: 304

Age Range: 12 – 17 Year

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Press Release & Movie Trailer: SING

November 6th, 2016 by

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Illumination Entertainment has just debuted seven new character posters for SING!

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SING – In Theaters December 21 (#SingMovie)

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Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history.  Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.  Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.  And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy.  Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception.  Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016

Genre: Animated Feature

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, Jennifer Saunders, Garth Jennings,Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah

Written and Directed by: Garth Jennings

Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

 

 

 

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Exclusive Trailer Reveal: Metaltown (Kristen Simmons)

September 12th, 2016 by

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Today we’re super excited to share the exclusive trailer reveal of Metaltown by Kristen Simmons,

releasing September 20, 2016 from Tor Teen. 

Ready to watch?

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Here it is!

 

 

 

 

 

 

METALTOWN

by Kristen Simmons
Release date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen

ISBN: 0765336626

 
 
About the Book

 

Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

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About The Author

Kristen Simmons

 

Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and the upcoming METALTOWN (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

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Metaltown

By: Kristen Simmons

Release Date: September 20, 2016 

Publisher: Tor Teen

 

Guest Post with Christina Kilbourne, Author of Detached

September 9th, 2016 by

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Why I Stopped Apologizing For Writing Detached

 

By now it’s no secret — I didn’t choose the topic of teen suicide and depression for my latest YA novel, Detached. Can you blame me? Can you imagine a big Kilbourne family dinner conversation going like this:

My mother, brimming with enthusiasm: “I hear you have a new book coming out this summer. I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to read it! What’s it about?”

Me‎, apologetically, suspending my fork in midair: “Teen suicide and depression.”

The room: A long, awkward silence.

My mother, quietly: “Oh . . . so who wants more ham?”

I’m a writer, I have an imagination. I could see how conversations were going to go. So, no, I didn’t choose suicide and depression as a topic to write about and I’ve suffered through a few of these awkward conversations over the past few months.

So how did I ended up writing this book? As it turns out, I was approached by someone devastated from the impacts of teen suicide, who asked me to write a YA novel on the topic. After throwing out 20 sulky arguments about why I could never, ever, write such a book, in the end Anna compelled me to write her story.

Even when it was complete and I’d hit send, when I’d questioned my editor if she really thought it was a good idea, when I couldn’t possibly turn back down the path I was on, I was nervous, anxious, apologetic. Thankfully Dundurn Press is braver than me.

For weeks I cringed when I thought about ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) being sent out‎ to reviewers and bloggers. My Facebook page was oddly silent on the topic of the new book I’d written and was soon to be released.

But then this started to happen.

People wanted to read Detached. People wanted to write about Detached. People wanted to reach ‎out when they were done reading to share their experiences with depression and suicide, or thoughts of, or attempts at, suicide. People said they finally felt like someone understood what they had gone through, or were still going through.

I’ve also had readers reach out to say Anna’s experience was nothing like theirs. And that’s okay. Detached examines only one of infinite versions of depression and numerous reasons for someone to consider suicide. ‎But even for those who reach out to explain how I got it wrong, I’m grateful they are reaching out, grateful they are talking about it publicly. They are helping to breach the isolation experienced by those who suffer from depression and they are confronting the thoughts of suicide that too often grow unchecked. People are taking the opportunity to share their stories.

I was pulled into this book kicking and screaming like a toddler who doesn’t want‎ to share her toys or stop watching his favourite show on TV. But I’m glad I wrote it and I’ve stopped apologizing for being the author of a book about teen suicide and depression. Because whether people read it and love it or read it and hate it, they are talking about the issues. And if the conversation helps prevent one teen from suffering in silence or harming themselves, I have nothing to apologize for. 

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is Connect, Communicate,‎ Care. I encourage you to be part of the conversation. 

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Meet Christina Kilbourne!

Christina Kilbourne is the author of Dear Jo, which won three reader’s choice awards.

Her writing has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. Christina lives in Bracebridge.

 

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Meet Detached!

Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die?

Anna is not like other people. For one thing, she’s been an accomplished artist since she was a preschooler. For another, she’s always felt like she didn’t belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isn’t until her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident, however, that Anna starts to feel untethered. She begins to wonder what it would be like if she didn’t exist and the thought of escaping the aimless drifting is the only thing that brings her comfort.

When Anna overdoses on prescription pain killers the doctors realize she has been suffering from depression and start looking for a way to help her out of the desperate black hole she never thought she would escape. It’s then that rock bottom comes into sight and the journey back to normal begins.

 

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