2-book year in fact. In January, my fourth YA novel is coming out: The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden. I'm really excited about this book about a young girl who, for no apparent reason, wakes up one morning floating on the ceiling of her bedroom like one of her little brother's Batman balloons. I've always wanted to write this book, since I love magic realism and I used to have incredibly vivid dreams of flying when I was a child.
Then, next September 2014, my fifth YA novel will come out. So happy to introduce Jake and the Giant Hand, the first in a new YA series called Weird Stories Gone Wrong.
There's no cover yet, but here's the link to the publisher's book description, and their copy, below:
Jake is excited about spending the summer with his grandfather. Sure, there are some things that aren't so great, like Grandpa's creaky old farmhouse or his slobbery, smelly hound dog, Gus. But basically it's pretty cool.
Jake just wishes his friend, Kate, hadn't told him an old lady once disappeared in the swamp behind Grandpa's place or that a neighbour once found a hand in a nearby field. And not just any hand either, but a weirdly large hand. A giant's hand.
Jake doesn't believe Kate's tall tales, but he has to wonder what she knows that she isn't telling. And there are other things he has to wonder about, too, like why are there so many flies buzzing around the farm this year? They aren't like any flies he's ever seen before. They're creepy flies, weirdly big flies, as big as birds. And here's another thing: Why is Grandpa's basement suddenly the creepiest thing of all?