It’s no secret that BookKids looooooves Lauren Myracle. We love her when she’s spooky, sappy, and even controversial. We love her teen novels and her chapter books and her blog. We are so excited to put her latest novel, Peace, Love, & Baby Ducks, in the hands of Austin readers!
Of course, today is Ms. Myracle‘s birthday, so the first order of business is to head over to her blog and wish her cake, ice cream, and world peace. Go on, don’t be shy!
The second, of course, is to educate the masses about Lauren‘s lovely books! Haven’t read anything by Lauren Myracle yet? Here are some of our favorites – get ready to jump on the bandwagon!
The ever-popular Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen series – now all available in paperback! – is perfect for tween girlie girls. Anyone who loves books like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret are going to see the resemblance in Winnie, another girl dealing with the firsts, failures, joys and jinxes of becoming a teenager. Beginning at the title birthday and covering a year in Winnie’s life, these are sweet, funny, feel-good reads. Fans are eagerly anticipating another sequel!
The “Internet Girls” books – New York Times best-selling ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r – have made a lot of headlines lately. Criticized for “offensive language” and “inappropriate content,” ttyl was challeneged right in our back yard at Round Rock ISD. But if the offended parties took a closer look at the books, they might see that these novels – told entirely in instant messages among three friends – raise awareness about some pretty heavy topics. And while the girls may not always make good choices, through each other they find a way to do the right thing. And, because of their unconventional format, many teen girls who might not have been interested in reading have gotten hooked on books. And we like love that!
Bliss, Myracle‘s spookiest novel to date, takes on so many angles that it simply bursts to tell its story. It’s a historical fiction, taking place in the 1960s in Atlanta, Georgia. The main character is Bliss, a fourteen-year-old girl who grew up on a hippie commune. Thrust into life at an elite prep school, she’s now dealing with a lot of weirdness – popularity, racism, and a spooky voice coming from one of the buildings. And when Bliss befriends the wrong girl, everything begins to spin out of control. This ambitious novel splices Bliss’ narrative with diary entries of another girl, and is sprinkled with quotes from 60’s pop culture and politics. And though it may be artfully done, this is not a book to read alone in the dark.
Happy Birthday, Lauren!