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AAYA 88

Or Authors & Artists for Young Adults, volume 88, as published by Gale, Cengage Learning. It’s a reference book, and as the more astute of you have worked out, there have been 87 volumes before it, and I suspect (and hope) there will be many more after it as well.

Authors & Artists for Young Adults, vol 88

No, I’ve not taken to reading and reviewing piles of reference material, but this came my way four months ago when someone wanted to use ‘my’ photos of Michael Grant. They were really my Photographer’s pictures, and after thinking about it she gave her consent and they chose the ones they liked best.

It took me a while to even work out the publishers were in the US, and once I’d established what kind of book they were producing, I asked if we could see the finished copy, which they generously said they’d send us. It’s not really the kind of book you’d go out and buy as a private individual. The edition is fairly limited and the price is high, so I’m guessing it’s mainly for libraries and similar.

Michael Grant in Authors & Artists for Young Adults, vol 88

But it’s such a good idea, collecting information on people who write for Young Adults, or illustrators. The selection process seems a little random, since it’s not alphabetical, nor chronological. There is an index listing who has been in all the 88 volumes, and in which one.

It’s not your ordinary list of YA people, either. Adèle Geras sits tantalisingly near Mel Gibson and Paul Gauguin. Staying with the Gs we have Michael Grant as well as El Greco and Graham Greene. There are disproportionately more Americans, but in volume 88 we have Matt Haig, and he and Knut Hamsun and Stephen Hawking are close, index-wise.

Jane Austen is there, and so is Mrs Michael Grant, K A Applegate. Walter Dean Myers gets a lot of room in volume 88, which he also shares with Anna Godbersen and Aprilynne Pike and Kenneth Oppel. As you can see, a varied lot of writers. ‘My’ volume has just over thirty names, and I’m guessing the older volumes are similar. Some names are listed more than once.

Michael Grant in Authors & Artists for Young Adults, vol 88

Michael gets six pages in this edition, and unlike some he doesn’t have either his address or his email listed. I suppose it’s up to each person how easy to find they want to be. Since this isn’t intended for the young readers, I imagine contact details are more for people who might want to book someone for events.

It’s a nice idea. You can – probably – never have too much information about what young people want to read.

New York scandal

The description of this new book didn’t tempt me one bit. The cover didn’t do much for me either, but we’re used to that. Couldn’t make much of the title, The Luxe, which I just found weird, and whenever I dipped into a sample page of the book, I quickly exited again. But when after five months of looking at it, I actually read The Luxe, I enjoyed it very much. So, that just goes to show.

The Luxe

This story set among the wealthy in New York in 1899 is full of scandal and romance and intrigue and backstabbings. It begins with a funeral, and then takes the reader back so they can see what happened before it. Even this sombre start works quite well, and although I could guess what I’d find, it didn’t prevent my enjoyment of the book.

Towards the end I realised there would be no end just yet, and there is a sequel on the way. With one or two exceptions I didn’t like the characters, but maybe you don’t have to. The reading can be just as compelling. A modern day Jane Austen is how Anna Godbersen can be described, and more than one Puffin lady has sighed when saying she wished The Luxe had been around when she was a teenager.

Well, it’s here now. Read and enjoy.

The Luxe

Someone at Puffin also had the bright idea of photographing a beautiful young thing wearing a dress like the one on the cover of the book, while reading the book. The result was actually also far better than I’d expected, so here is a sample.