Cooney's They Never Came Back was published earlier this month by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Last week I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
Many people recommended The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, in which several narrators use dialect. I don’t even like to look at a page of written-out dialect, because for me, the necessary incorrect spelling and grammar is like music played out of tune. I didn’t want to read it. But since I have to drive a lot, I listen to a lot of recorded books. I just finished listening to The Help. Not only is it riveting, and brilliantly written - it is probably the best recording job I’ve had the privilege of hearing. The rich warm voices of the narrators turn their stories into music. Listen to this one, instead of reading it.Read an excerpt from They Never Came Back, and learn more about the author and her work at Caroline B. Cooney's website.