Monday, September 22, 2008

Justine Larbalestier

On Wednesday we were so very fortunate to host Justine Larbalestier on her school visits. If you haven't read her wonderful Magic or Madness trilogy you should try them. In Magic or Madness 15-year-old Reason's life has just been turned upside down. She's been on the run with her mother all her life, running from her grandmother who believes in and practices magic. Her mother tells tales of animal sacrifices, dark rites, where no one is safe. But when her mother ends up in a mental hospital Reason is sent to live with that very same grandmother in Sydney. What is she to do? She tries not to eat there, not to talk to her grandmother, and then one day she walks through the back door and finds herself in New York City! So, can she continue to believe there is no such thing as magic? And if not, then why did her mother lie to her? Is she magic herself and, if so, what is her magic? And does she really have no choice between magic and madness? This is a beautifully written book, compulsive, and multi-layered. Written in several voices, it's very believable, with strong characters, tough choices, and a glossary of Australian terms for those of us who need it!

Justine is on tour to promote her new book, How to Ditch Your Fairy--about fairies, friendship, and how to make your own magic. Read our interview with her here to find out about her newest projects, what she's reading and recommending to read, what fairy she would choose for herself, and whether she would consider collaborating on a book with Scott.

Tell me, if you had the choice, which fairy would you choose for yourself?

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