Friday, April 20, 2012

Top ten present tense books

Nicola Morgan is the award-winning author of around 90 books for all ages, including Wasted, Deathwatch, Fleshmarket, and Blame My Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed.

For the Guardian, Morgan named her ten favorite present tense novels for children or teenagers.

One title on the list:
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

One of my favourite teenage authors, and I could also have chosen her earlier novel, Speak. Both books are raw portrayals of the anguish that some teenagers suffer on their way from the protection of childhood to the independence of adulthood. Something about being in the moment, in pain, self-focused and now-focused makes the present work so well for this type of story and for this age.
Read about the other titles on the list.

Writers Read: Nicola Morgan (September 2009).

Read Coffee with a Canine: Nicola Morgan & Amber.

--Marshal Zeringue