All of us here at Adventures in YA Publishing would like to with you a very happy Thanksgiving! We'd like to share with you the books we are most thankful for and would love to hear which books you're thankful for in the comments!
I have to say BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. That was the book that reminded me how much I love southern gothics, with all their quirky characters, luscious settings, spooky atmosphere, and haunting tragedies. I couldn't stop thinking about the world of Beautiful Creatures, so I had to write my own southern gothic. That is the book that became BEHOLDEN, the first book in my HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND trilogy that's being published by Simon Pulse next year.
I am most thankful for the PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS and THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS series by Rick Riordan. Riordan's humour, sense of adventure and seamless ability to integrate Greek mythology with modern day situations is what makes this series so amazing to read. I loved watching Percy, Annabeth, and Grover grow up and later on Leo, Hazel, Frank, Jason and Piper go through these absolutely crazy adventures. My favourite part of this series is how funny it is. When I'm trying to sell it to a reluctant kid whose parents want to get them into reading, I talk about how absolutely hilarious Percy is, and what a blast each quest is in each book. I am so happy and thankful that Rick Riordan still has so much to go with these amazing characters!
Lisa Gail Green
I'm most thankful for THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. Why? Because that's the book that taught me there are no limits to imagination. Also, that other people have my sense of humor. I'm grateful that it's a classic that continues to teach kids that there is value in the fantastic.
The ONE book I’m most thankful for? Just one? How am I supposed to pick only one? After much, much thought, I finally realized the answer, and it was so obvious that I should have known it immediately: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I loved this book as a child, as a teen, and as an adult. It’s probably the book I’ve re-read the most number of times, I’ve had the same battered paperback since I was a kid, and it was the very first book I downloaded onto my very first e-reader. The book has such heart and such humor. When I was younger, I wanted to be Anne Shirley—or at least posses her same level of passion, fire, and imagination. Come to think of it, even as an adult, I wish I had her passion, fire, and imagination! I love how stern, no-nonsense Marilla slowly warmed up to Anne, and how shy Matthew immediately loved her. I love the friendship shared by Anne and Diana. And don’t even get me started on Gilbert! Finally, I'm most thankful for ANNE OF GREEN GABLES because it’s had a huge influence on my life: I named my daughter after Anne (well, Anne Shirley and Anne Frank). The book even plays a role throughout my RUN TO YOU series. And one day, I would love to live on Prince Edward Island. So, thank you, L.M. Montgomery, for influencing my life in such a nice way through ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.
I am most thankful for the HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling. I can't imagine a world without Harry. Imagine if J.K. Rowling had written the entire Harry Potter series and never shared a word of it. Imagine if she'd taken Harry, Ron, Hermione and all of the other beloved characters to the grave. No Hogwarts, no movies based on the books, no Harry. J.K. Rowling has offered us writers so much inspiration. Imagine if that inspiration never existed. I'm sure lots of our stories would be immensely different. I know my stories would be different!
I am most thankful for THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. It was one of the first YA books I ever read, and it really made me fall in love with YA. In addition to being such a beautifully written book, it's deep and thought-provoking in a very accessible way. It made me realize that YA books have the ability to change people's lives, and it most definitely changed mine.