I was honored to be included in a new video wiki called Authors Of Challenging And Engrossing Books For Young Readers, which lists five compelling book recommendations. My young adult ice hockey novel, Offsides, was one of the titles featured in the video. This is the sequel to Face-Off, the hockey novel that I wrote at age sixteen and had published at eighteen.
Offsides was published twenty-five years later, and it was so much fun revisiting characters I created when I was a teen. (You can learn why it took twenty-five years in the note to readers that I included in the the published book. It’s a long story!)
I’m thrilled that my hard work on this book has been recognized and am beyond grateful that this wiki will help new readers to discover my Hockey Rivals books as well as other recommended books for kids to read. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for kids to find comfort and escape in fiction. Reading has helped me to get through difficult times, and I’m happy whenever I hear that my words touched someone else.
According to the video page, the selected authors listed have written middle grade and YA books featuring diverse characters, challenging topics, and compelling plots that are sure to engage readers of all ages. I can’t wait to check out the other authors on the list.
Fun fact: one of the authors is Dean Pitchford, a songwriter, novelist, and screenwriter who has won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award. Dean penned the screenplay for the movie Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, and co-wrote a song from the movie, Let’s Hear It for the Boy, sung by Deniece Williams. Footloose is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I’ve been playing the soundtrack for years. In fact, last week, I just uploaded the CD to my iTunes playlist. How fun to learn that the Footloose screenwriter is also a novelist.
I’ll let you visit the wiki page to find out more about Dean’s book and the other wonderful authors and titles on the list.
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Stacy Juba wrote her first young adult novel, Face-Off, when she was 16 years old because she couldn’t find any fiction books to read about ice hockey. It was published during her freshman year in college, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She published the sequel, Offsides, 26 years later and was excited to continue the story of rival twin brothers Brad and T.J. McKendrick. Stacy is also the author of acclaimed mystery novels and the humorous Storybook Valley chick lit novels for adults, as well as The Flag Keeper picture book about the U.S. Flag Code. You can learn about her full catalog of books on www.stacyjuba.com. Subscribe to her YouTube Channel, Writer Tips & Book Chats With Stacy Juba.
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