November 14, 2013 • Fiction: MG & YA(Image via flickr)Maybe it's just me, but I never really had a problem with the vocabulary section of the SAT in high school. Granted, this might be because of my superior intellect, but I’ve got another theory. When you make a habit of reading interesting novels with pretty interesting words as a kid, you start adapting a pretty interesting way of speaking simply through osmosis. Interesting, no?Case in point—I credit Lemony Snicket’s superb (though completely and cruelly cliff-hanging) A Series of Unfortunate Events with 90% of my success at fooling my college professors into thinking I’m articulate. Simply put, the man’s proclivity for unnecessarily complicated terms has probably done more for the state of American literacy than all the PSSAs combined.And so, we’re presenting you with nine superb vocabulary words that pretty much ensure you’ll never look twice at that section of the SAT again, courtesy of a man who has literally tricked us into reading the dictionary—and enjoying it—for the better part of ten years.
October 31, 2013 • Fiction: MG & YA
In case you missed it, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was selected as a World Book Night 2014 title, and we are seriously excited over here. It's a real honor to participate in such an amazing program.
October 8, 2013 • Fiction: MG & YA
Nicole (Quirk's super publicity manager) and I spent the whole afternoon and evening scouring Twitter and smiling at all of your reactions to the cover. Seriously, we can't wait to share Ransom's amazing book with all of you! January can't come soon enough.
Until then, we've got a fun little giveaway to hold you over.
September 27, 2013 • Fiction: MG & YA
The publishing industry might not be the most natural fit for exciting on-screen moments. (I’m still waiting for the reality version of So You Think You Can Write?) But that doesn’t mean that Hollywood has completely ignored the thrill that can be found in creating the written word. So if you’re looking for films featuring your beloved profession, below are some movies that tackle every aspect of the publishing industry from literary agents, to bloggers, to ghost writers, to children’s books, to the occasional psychotic editor.
September 13, 2013 • Fiction: MG & YAJust as the rise of “chick lit” is often credited to Helen Fielding’s debut Bridget Jones’s Diary, the birth of “chica lit” is said to swell from Alisa Valdes’ debut megahit The Dirty Girls Social Club. And if you haven’t guessed already, essentially the genre is a segment of women’s fiction that features a Latina protagonist, and it has a young adult counterpart.Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15th (don’t ask me why it starts in the middle of the month), and if you haven’t delved into the world of chica lit, then let me introduce you.