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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guest Post with Dawn Metcalf, Author of Luminous

 Welcome to the The Teen Book Scene's blog tour stop for Luminous by Dawn Metcalf which releases on June 30th of this month! Today we asked Dawn the following question: 

What books would you have recommended at ages 6, 11, 15 and 19 ?

In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) 

Age 6: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak. I was fascinated by the idea of a little boy covered in dough, baked into fantastic things and dream-like adventure. I *felt* this book very viscerally; the idea of being enfolded in warm dough was like me snuggling up under my heavy blankets at night. It reached out and touched me. 

Elfquest Archives Vol. 1

Age 11: ElfQuest by Wendy and Richard Pini. I'd read the novel from the library and had heard that there were more in the series, but was upset when I ordered it from the bookstore and it was a comic book. Still, I'd paid for it, so I read it and was hooked on a world that completely redefined "elves" for me. That fascination with reinventing folklore and myth has stayed with me ever since.

Time Travelers Strictly Cash 

Age 15: Time Travelers Strictly Cash by Spider Robinson. I loved the world of Callahan's Place and shared it with all of my friends--the warm, welcoming, kooky roadside drinking hole that you could only find if you needed to and all the people were tragic heroes of the heart, soul, and space-time continuum.

 Children of Sanchez

Age 19:
The Children of Sanchez by Oscar Lewis was one of my anthropology books that I kept and read over and over. It was written in four parts in four different points of view by each of the four Sanchez children recollecting memories about their siblings and their family. It was fascinating to see the same stories being told differently and sparked my interest on how the same world changes when seen through different eyes.

I wish I'd had Harry Potter growing up, but I'm pretty happy to share them now with my kids!


As reality slips and time stands still, Consuela finds herself thrust into the world of the Flow. Removed from all she loves into this shifting world overlapping our own, Consuela quickly discovers she has the power to step out of her earthly skin and cloak herself in new ones-skins made from the world around her, crafted from water, fire, air. She is joined by other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong.

When murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and elusive, attractive V to stop the killer. But the psychopath who threatens her new world may also hold the only key to Consuela's way home.

Dawn Metcalf The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straightjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett-Smith, hair by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving, suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies, and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I've been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humour and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky, and sometimes humorous speculative fiction. 

Check out The Teen Book Scene for more tour stops on the Luminous tour. Also, 
Dawn is also running an amazing contest. Head on over to her site for more details on the LUMINOUS Grand Prize Giveaway

1 comment:

Christina / Book Addict said...

I love learning about new books to recommend to children/young adults, especially when they are recommendations from an author! Thanks for sharing this, Kim!