Find Empathy and Acceptance in ‘No One Needed to Know’

Donna Driver is an author primarily of young adult and middle grade novels and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She likes to write about diverse characters dealing with social or environmental issues. She’s won two awards for the environmental themes in her novel Cry of the Sea, the first of her YA fantasy series The Juniper Sawfeather Novels. Her novel No One Needed to Know is a story about empathy and acceptance with autism themes; something she has firsthand experience with. Donna is a teacher at a … [Read more...]

On the Edge of Gone: Whose Lives Matter Most?

Corinne Duyvis was born, raised and currently living in Amsterdam. She's the author of Otherbound, a young adult fantasy novel that received rave reviews. Her latest book, On the Edge of Gone, is a young adult science fiction novel released this March and is also racking up the accolades. Both are published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS. I first "virtually" met Corinne when I interviewed her about Disability in Kidlit, a website she co-founded with author Kody Keplinger which discusses the portrayal of disabled characters in children’s … [Read more...]

Curious Interviews 2015: Authors, Autism, Inspirations, Oh My!

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. Maya Angelou In 2015, our curiosity took us to places beyond our imaginations. We discovered people of passion and compassion. We learned about ourselves and others through literature, personal stories, and from those who are doing good works. Here is a recap of the amazing interviews we published in 2015: [Tweet "Read @geekclubbooks 2015 curious interviews with authors, changemakers, entrepreneurs for … [Read more...]

Are You Seeing Me? New YA Fiction from a Sibling’s Perspective

Darren Groth is a Vancouver author and "new-ish" citizen of Canada, having moved from his native Australia in 2007. His novels include Kindling, published by Hachette in 2010 and released in Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan; and his most recent YA work, Are You Seeing Me?, published by Random House Australia and released in Canada and the US through Orca Book Publishers. Darren's novels have gained recognition and have won many prestigious awards including the CBCA Book of the Year (Australia), the International Youth Library's White Raven … [Read more...]

Disability in Kid Lit
Interview with YA Authors
Kody Keplinger and Corinne Duyvis

Kody and Corinne, after checking out your websites I am so impressed with how “together” you are at such a young age and at the beginning of your careers. What great role models you are and I can’t wait to find out more about you both. You are both published authors in YA fiction, what inspired you to write and why did you choose this particular genre? Corinne: What inspired me to write was the sheer fun of it, and love of reading. Characters start taking on lives of their own in your head: writing those lives down is the next logical … [Read more...]