Sunday, January 17, 2010

Caroline B. Cooney

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of more than 75 suspense, mystery, and romance novels for teenagers which have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. The Face on the Milk Carton has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie. Among her recent titles, Cooney is proudest of Diamonds in the Shadow, which won a Christopher Award, A Friend at Midnight, which won the Church and Synagogue Library Association Award, Hit the Road, which was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, and Code Orange, which received a National Science Teachers award.

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.

--Marshal Zeringue