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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Best young adult novel of 2005

from "The news about books was positive in 2005"

"It was a really good year for the burgeoning category of young adult (YA) fiction, writing aimed at those teen-age readers whose tastes are a bit different than those of adult readers but much more sophisticated than juvenile fans. Ingledove by Marly Youmans was the best of the YAs but Gentle’s Holler by Kerry Madden was also a strong offering. As Simple As Snow, by Gregory Galloway, fit the YA model but was every bit as complex and nuanced as any adult novel. The Cottonmouth Club by Lance Marcus featured some good clean fun in the Louisiana countryside."

--Greg Langley, Books Editor, The Baton Rouge Advocate, January 8, 2006


  1. Congratulations! My faith in reviewers is temporarily restored.

  2. While I think that one should simply follow the winding path without a care for critics croaking in the trees (or carping from the waves!), I am always glad when a reviewer "sees" books clearly...

  3. Congratulations Marly!!!

    It looks like your hard work and dedication are paying off. I am happy for you.

    -The B.Q.

  4. I've gotten such things before, but I am as much the Invisible Novelist as ever! But one is glad for them anyway. Perhaps it is possible to be even more invisible...

  5. Gosh, I saw this the day it came out and was SURE it was old news to you. Now I feel like a moron, for the 10th time today! But saying I'm thrilled for you is an understatement.


  6. Oh, I have a perfect faith in your gift for hyperbole and storytelling--and in the fact that you are not in the least a moron, especially x 10!


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.