…is the terrific title of Ellen Booraem’s new middle grade, on shelves as of yesterday. With a starred review from Kirkus, it’s sure to win even more fans for the author of the very popular “Small Persons with Wings.”
Here’s Ellen’s description of the new book:
Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is—as all banshees are—a harbinger of death, and she’s sure someone in Conor’s family is about to require her services. But she’s new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school.
Even as Conor desperately tries to hide her identity from his classmates and teachers, he realizes there’s no way to avoid paying a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.
Ellen began her writing life as a journalist. A fiction writing workshop changed everything. Here’s what she has to say about the writing process:
Writing is not fun. It is, as I feared, hard work. Remember when you had a loose tooth and when you pressed it the pain felt good and you couldn’t stop doing it? That’s what writing is like. It’s easy to dread and even easier to put off, but once you’re sitting down at the keyboard it’s …well, a great time.
Ellen’s giving away two copies of “Texting”. To be eligible, leave a comment below–only readers in the U.S and Canada, please. You can also follow Ellen on her blog at http://ellenbooraem.blogspot.