I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Monday, February 8, 2010
Author Shout Out-- Rebecca Stead
Plus--and this is the big Wah- hoo for Ms Steads--she won the 2010 Newberry Medal for this book!
Below is the blurb from the Loft Staff Picks.
It's 1978 in New York city, and Miranda's life gets complex. Her best friend Sal suddenly stops speaking to her after he is punched by a mysterious boy. She begins receiving a series of enigmatic notes. Her mother needs her help preparing for her appearance on "The $20,000 Pyramid" game show. All of this comes together in surprising ways in this part mystery, part science fiction/fantasy, part historical fiction, and part coming of age story. The chapters are humorously named after game shows. Miranda's and Sal's struggles are engaging and true to life. Miranda's 12-year-old voice is pitch perfect, reflecting a girl teetering on the brink of the teen years and trying to "be older," but at the same time wanting to still be a kid. The recurring theme of time travel adds depth to this stunning story in which all the details matter.
So for writing an awesome, fun and clever book AND for winning a major coveted award, Here's to you, Rebecca Stead!