Above you see two young-adult readers on a whirl of adventure with: (left) Melanie Jackson’s 2015 Ferris-Wheel suspenser Eye Sore, and (right) her 2016 Persephone-themed thriller Death Drop, both published by Orca Books. And Melanie’s latest mystery, Medusa’s Scream, has been named a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book 2018 for middle readers!
News flash: Melanie is delighted and honoured to be one of the TD Canadian Book Week 2018 authors. Here’s the announcement.
Now, back to our regular programming…
Getting kids to read shouldn’t be a challenge. Shouldn’t put your head in a Ferris Wheel spin or a Hellevator-like drop. 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
the latest one: Breaking up isn’t that hard to do–at least, not if we’re talking paragraphs. It’s advice Melanie shared with Grade 8s at the Vancouver school where she teaches a mystery unit every spring.