Graveyard GirlToday's Tune:
Kirsten Hubbard, yes? She wrote Like Mandarin, which is a painful and beautiful story about friendship and growing up. It takes place in a small Wyoming town and features the Badlands. Kirsten is skilled at a lot of things, but she's extra-skilled at making the settings of her stories characters of their own.
If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm leading into the recent release of Wanderlove, her latest contemporary YA novel. Once again, the author uses the backdrop of beautiful, strange, or interesting locales to breathe life into her story.
But that's not all! In my last post, I talked about experimentation in juvenile literature, and Wanderlove certainly qualifies. The text is interspersed with artwork drawn by Ms. Hubbard herself. The story follows a young artist who's been neglecting her art, and throughout the story, we begin to see it bloom once again. These are the sorts of books I love -- blended media and coloring outside the lines. Innovation! Yay!
If you're interested in taking an adventure in more ways than one, try Wanderlove. Also, check out the beautiful photography on the Wanderlove Tumblr!