Linko's new novel is Indigo.
A couple of weeks ago I asked the author about what she was reading. Linko's reply:
Doll Bones by Holly BlackVisit Gina Linko's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.
So spooky. This book totally creeped me out. The mystery at the core of this story is pitch-perfect. So well written. The reader plays this guessing game: Is it real? Is it not real? It's spectacular! There were a few moments in this book -- referencing the "blond one" -- when I literally got goose bumps. Just read it. Then you'll know what I'm talking about. This is seriously a near-perfect middle-grade book.
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Another middle-grade book, but this is realistic, contemporary fiction, about a young girl winding up in a foster home after a terrible domestic violence incident. This book easily could've been preachy and overdone. But the handling of this subject was so spot-on. Never sappy or too touchy-feely. I credit the author with taking such a difficult subject and handling it so well, so realistically, yet finding hope. That's something I always want there to be in children's lit: hope.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Literary fiction at its best. I loved the cast of characters in this novel. The switching back and forth between past and present could've been cumbersome in another author's hands, but it worked very well here. I love novels that delve deep into characters' motivations, and Wolitzer is so good at this. We can love/hate some of the characters and their actions, but no matter what, we understand them.
My Book, The Movie: Indigo.