White-knuckle read: Melanie’s Poe-themed young-adult thriller Tick Tock Terror, just published with Orca Books, takes readers on exciting plot swings of adventure. The young protagonist accepts a crafty old con’s dare to climb a Pit-and-the-Pendulum-themed amusement ride at midnight. Too late our hero realizes he’s been made the fall guy in a theft. How to set things right and out-con the con?
Booklist: “From the first tick to the end twist, Jackson’s gripping, first-person, plot-driven novel (spanning one 24-hr period) asks readers to consider self-confidence vs. over-active ego; right vs. wrong; and when relationships must be reconsidered. A suspenseful addition to high-low collections.”
CM Magazine clocks in with a “highly recommended” review: “Tick Tock Terror would appeal to a variety of readers, including readers of human interest, mystery, adventure and realistic fiction. Themes include friendship, ethical choices and decision-making. Tick Tock Terror, in addition to being an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud for the intended audience, would be an excellent addition for personal, class, school and public libraries.”
Resource Links describes TTT as entertaining and suspenseful, noting “the exposure to a literary legend such as Poe should prove beneficial and spark important conversations.”
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Photo credit: Aislin Jackson
Many thanks to TD Canadian Book Week!
Melanie was delighted and honoured to be one of the 2018 TD Canadian Book Week authors. Thanks also to all the volunteers, staff and schools who welcomed her so warmly to Quebec last May.
Melanie’s 2018 mystery, Medusa’s Scream, was named a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book for middle readers.
Now, back to our regular programming…
Getting kids to read shouldn’t be a challenge. Shouldn’t put them in a dizzying pendulum whirl of confusion. The age-old attraction of reading is all in the story. A good conflict, a puzzling problem and accessible language: Now that’s a ride young-adult readers will climb aboard. In this blog, children’s/YA author Melanie Jackson shares her experience, adventures and enthusiasm in writing mysteries. Thanks for visiting–and don’t forget to glance over your shoulder now and then. A plot twist may be coming at you!
Read all Melanie’s blog posts, including Breaking up isn’t that hard to do–at least, not if we’re talking paragraphs. It’s advice Melanie shares with Grade 8s at the Vancouver school where she teaches a mystery unit every spring.