By Keri Lindenmuth
Pretty Little Teacup
pretty little tea
sitting on your
Wow, it’s taken waaaaaayyyy longer for me to post this than I thought it would but, we have TEN–count them, 10!!!–new YARN staffers! Readers and Social Media folks both. Whew.
Okay, I know we’re not supposed to bring you anything new till April, but we couldn’t resist bringing you this very dark story by Lelac Almagor in October, the month of shorter days and ghosts. Enjoy!
Doree Schultz raised her hand in class and said she was gonna write about a boy who never knew his own father. Everyone rolled their eyes or sucked their teeth because that was Doree for you [...]
We are so excited to announce that “Into the Vast” by Laura Williams McCaffrey has won the Magazine Merit Award for Fiction! The Magazine Merit awards are given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) every year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Illustration. Last year, “Swimming Naked” was awarded [...]
Kerri explains why YARN will take a longer-than-usual break starting this summer.
[...] As usual, as warm June turns to hot July, we are taking a break on publishing new material. This time, though, instead of returning in September, we are going to return in April 2015, reopening for another terrific National Poetry Month, and publishing all the way through Summer 2015! [...]
This is Kerri here, seizing this AMAZING opportunity to introduce one of my literary heroes, Ellen Conford. When I was a tween and teen, I devoured as much Ellen Conford as I could lay my hands on. At the library, at sidewalk sales, and in bookstores, I would look for her name and when I found new titles, I would immediately place the book in my bag. [...]
YARN is psyched to have this essay by veteran novelist Liz Fichera, who has something important to share with all of us about writing, diversity, revision, and finding the humanity in your characters.
[...] Something you should know: I am neither a teen nor Native. In fact, on the surface, my background differs greatly from Fred’s. Below the surface, however, I found that while developing and writing Fred, we were more alike than I realized. [...]
By Rose Engelfried
The summer I turned fifteen, I changed my name from Bobby to Rob. I tried out for shortstop. And my sister Molly went insane.
School had been out for a week when Molly came home from her first year in the U. Texas space program. I was out in the dry field [...]
Our guest judge, none other than John Corey Whaley, said it was “tough” to pick a winner of our Random Word Contest. And we don’t blame him! There were some really excellent entries, and we were super happy that some of you tried to put visuals with your words.
THE WINNER IS……
To close National Poetry Month, we have 3 poems by high school freakin’ freshman Jacob Beardsley. The same week we publish Ellen Hopkins. That’s YARN in a nutshell. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!
For this year’s National Poetry Month, YARN is publishing its first story in verse! And it’s a doozy.
By Heather Meloche
Note from YARN: As you’ll see when you click on the PDF, this story in verse has some very special poetic formatting that would have been impossible to reproduce online, so we PDFed it, and linked to it. Please enjoy it, but do not reproduce it.
Through her historical verse novels, Cuban-American author Margarita Engle offers readers a window into Cuba’s turbulent past. Her book “The Surrender Tree” earned Engle the 2008 Pura Belpré Medal and a Newbery Honor, the first awarded to an author of Latino heritage. Her other verse novels have also won numerous awards and accolades. [...]
A lesson for all writers: RETURN. Show more work to teachers who appreciate you. Call up your long lost writing buddy. Submit again to magazines who have published your previous work. That’s what one of YARN’s favorite poets and alums Jacqueline Jules has done. Seeing a new submission from her in our inbox is always a thrill. We are so pleased to be bringing you three new poems this National Poetry Month.