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The Frenzy Five is a reoccurring Q&A series where we ask YA authors the kind of things you really want to know! This week Bethany Griffin, author of Masque of the Red Death, Dance of the Red Death and The Fall, is up to the challenge.

1. If you could have coffee with any author who would it be?

Stephen King. I know most people think Poe, and he’d be up there (if the choice included authors living and dead) but somehow I think Poe would be difficult to talk to, and I’m not the world’s mo­st confident conversationalist- at least not with someone I don’t know well/worship. Stephen King is such a fascinating individual—besides just loving his books, I loved the pop culture column he used to write for EW. I just generally would love to have a conversation with Stephen King.

2. What are the top 3 most-played songs in your home?

Something I Can Never Have  Nine Inch Nails

Roads  Portishead

Sober – Tool

3. What was your favourite book as a teenager?

Lord of the Rings. I loved lots of fantasy as a teen, but LOTR is the book I went back to every few years.

4. What is your favourite way to waste time?

The internet! Really reading is my favorite pastime, but I never consider it a waste of time, the internet on the other hand…

5. Describe your book in five words.

Dark, creepy, haunting, atmospheric, and twisty

Thanks, Bethany!

The Fall is available on October 7th. With a sinister gothic atmosphere and relentless tension to rival Edgar Allan Poe himself, Bethany Griffin reimagines “The Fall of the House of Usher,” one of Poe’s most famous stories, into a gothic tale of suspense and yearning, and introduces a whole new point-of-view on the timeless classic.

But that’s life, little one – lots of little maybes and what ifs all lined up in a row. And if you put your mind to following some of them that never came about, you’ll get lost and not find your way back to the way it really is.
- Mindy McGinnis, In A Handful Of Dust
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Hike mindymcginnis's IN A HANDFUL OF DUST trail with this map! (Or don’t….it’s a long one.)

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Hike mindymcginnis's IN A HANDFUL OF DUST trail with this map! (Or don’t….it’s a long one.)

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2014 Reading Challenge: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
When she threw her head back, she could see the sky bending away from her, and it seemed closer than usual. As though if she tried, she could snag a star on her fingernail, but she didn’t move.

Beautiful.

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2014 Reading Challenge: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

When she threw her head back, she could see the sky bending away from her, and it seemed closer than usual. As though if she tried, she could snag a star on her fingernail, but she didn’t move.

Beautiful.

That’s what everyone wanted, in the end: to be part of something bigger.
- Lauren Oliver, Rooms

An interesting infographic about Canadian libraries! How often do you go to the library?

Our weekend reading recommendations! 
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Our weekend reading recommendations! 

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Wouldn’t it be cool to meet Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi in the Indigo Green Room at their Toronto (Chapters Queensway) event on October 14, 2014?An Indigo Rewards Member and their guest will win! Enter before Oct 3, 2014.

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indigo-teen:

Wouldn’t it be cool to meet Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi in the Indigo Green Room at their Toronto (Chapters Queensway) event on October 14, 2014?

An Indigo Rewards Member and their guest will win! Enter before Oct 3, 2014.

taherehmafi theartofnotwriting

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by Mindy McGinnis 

Survivor tales are big right now, dystopian in particular. But I learned to speak this language a long time ago, and some of the books that helped shaped my taste for strong characters persevering against the odds were written before I was even born. You can walk into a bookstore and grab a popular title anytime - in fact, please do! But don’t overlook some classic tales that were exploring these same themes thirty years before it was the popular thing to do.

Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O’Brien: What’s not to love about this story? A teen girl survives nuclear fallout because of the geologic structure of the remote valley she lives in. Her older brothers leave to look for help and never come back. Ann wrestles with the thought of being the last person on Earth… then finds out there are worse things when a man with radiation sickness discovers her home. Bonus: There’s a dog.

The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford: Yes, the movie is awesome. Who doesn’t tear up in the last five minutes when children and pets presumed dead are running towards each other through a meadow? But you should definitely give the book a fair shake, too. It’s an amazing feat of writing that gives depth and emotion to animals without forcing human qualities upon them, or (shudder) making them talk. Three domesticated animals cross the Canadian wilderness to reunite with the family they love. Cue “awwwww.” Bonus: They are dogs. Double Prizes: There’s a cat.

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The Black Stallion - Walter Farley: Think Life of Pi with a horse. Alec and Black meet on an ill-fated ship, and find themselves the only survivors on an empty island. Their bond is a huge part of Alex’s will to live even though the odds are stacked wildly against him. Yes, there’s really awesome romanticized things like riding a huge horse bareback through the surf, but there’s also wonderful messages about life, and the primal forces of nature. Bonus: As the title indicates, there’s a horse.

So take some time to rediscover a few classics and you’ll see why these three in particular have continued to be household titles in homes with young readers.

-Mindy

mindymcginnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, and an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio. She cans her own food and graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English literature and religion. Mindy has a pond in her backyard but has never shot anyone.

In a Handful of Dust is available in stores now. Get a head start reading it here