Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Virginia Statehood

On this day in 1788, Virginia became a state (even though Virginia is actually a commonwealth, so I'm not exactly how that works, but that's ok.) To quote Eddie from Ohio, When you're talking home you mean the Old Dominion, just southeast of heaven between the surf and the hills. She's the best of 13 sisters and 37 more, Sweet Sweet Virginia always keeps an open door.

To celebrate, here are some books by authors who live here in the Old Dominion with me.


Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. Kate's dad quit his job to sell infomercial vitamins in a mall kiosk-- and makes Kate work with him. Her best friend's gone popular, and Will, the hook-up king, just won't leave her alone. Scott lives in Northern Virginia.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue has always known that if she ever kisses her true love, he'll die. Her solution is to never kiss anyone. But, then she meets some boys from a neighboring school that make her question her decision. And they need her help to wake a legendary sleeping Welsh king. The sequel, The Dream Thieves comes out in September. Stiefvater lives in "middle of nowhere, Virginia."
v Isabelle's Boyfriend by Caroline Hickey. Taryn has met the perfect guy-- to bad he already has a girlfriend. In an effort to steal him away, Taryn starts dating his best friend and hanging out with his crowd, but still... Isabelle. Hickey lives in the DC suburbs.


Trickster: Native American Tales edited by Matt Dembecki. Many cultures have trickster tales. In this collection, Native American storytellers worked with a artists (several of whom are also Native) to visually tell a traditional trickster tale from many different North American tribes. Dembecki did something similar in putting together District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, DC. Dembecki lives in Fairfax.

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecourt White. While at boarding school, Laurel does a project on Victorian flower arranging and the messages different flowers and arrangements held. But when trying some of these arrangements, Laurel discovers that she can make the bouquet actually do the thing the message says, which can be helpful for friends, but not if the wrong people get the flowers! White lives in Arlington (like me!)

Homefront by Doris Gwaltney. Margaret Ann is excited for her sister to go to college so she can have her room. But the war in Europe means that her cousin and aunt have come to stay. Courtney gets the newly opened room. Courtney gets to sit next to Daddy at dinner. Bobby likes Courtney better. But after Pearl Harbor, Margaret Ann's brother enlists and the war is suddenly very real and close to home, allowing both girls to understand each other a little better. Gwaltney lives in Smithfield.


Quaking by Kathryn Erskine. Matilda wants to be called Matt and dresses all in black. Don't mess with her. When she arrives at her latest foster home, she finds a couple that's willing to put up with her defenses and help break them down. But she's bullied at her new school. Her new family is very involved in the anti-war movement and with pacifist houses of worship being vandalized, the town is about the erupt, with Matt caught in the middle.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. Piddy's just trying to do well in school and at work and find her missing father. But Piddy's not Latin enough so Yaqui wants to kick her ass. Too bad Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is-- now her entire life is trying to avoid her. Medina lives in Richmond.

Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi Amateau. Georgia lives with her grandparents-- she thinks her mother is dead and knows her father is just gone. But then her father reappears to claim her and her grandmother dies. Georgia's minister grandfather thinks he is doing the right thing by having Georgia live with her father, because Georgia is too ashamed to tell him what her father does to her at night. Amateau lives in Richmond.

Who are your favorite authors from Virginia?

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