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Jump the Cracks
by Stacy DeKeyser
March 2008 216 pp.
Flux, paperback, $9.95
Do you (or did you ever) have a writing group? Who are the first people to read your book once it's completed?
I have a weekly writing group, who are a godsend. They hear one chapter at a time, hot off my computer. Also, I'm lucky to have a mom who's a writer, so she reads my stuff, but she has to wait until I have a complete draft. My other go-to crit partners are writers Laurie Stolarz and Kim Marcus.
What writers do you consider your "sisters"? Are there any published writers that you hang out or tour with a lot? Call? Email? IM?
I'm lucky to have lots of sisters! I have 3 "real" sisters, who are very supportive. Can my mom be my sister? We email almost daily. And author Kim Marcus is my complete soul-sister, writing-wise and otherwise.
If someone was going to join your book club, what would be a "must read" in order to join?
It sounds ridiculously obvious, but you have to actually read the book. I was once in a book club where some members liked the meetings, but didn't want to read the books. I've also gotten "reviews" of my book from people who haven't even read the whole thing. What the heck?
What was your "initiation" to writing?
I've always written, and have always been drawn to the written word. On the first day of second grade, I discovered I'd already read our class "reading book" on my own over the summer. My mom was a writer when I was a kid. To me, it was always an option.
When did you first feel that you'd officially joined the "published writers' club"?
When I signed my first book contract. :)
What was your best/worst memory of high school?
Worst: Once, going up the stairs between classes, I tripped and fell into some guy ahead of me. My face smashed right into his butt. Thank goodness I didn't know him!
Best: Any day where I didn't fall into someone's butt going up the stairs was a good day in high school.
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Finally, what can you tell me about your book? Give me a quick run-down about why I'd want to pick it for my own book club.
It's a great book for discussion, I think. People argue over what they'd do in
Reviews for Jump the Cracks:
“Bracingly realistic….With a combination of lively adventure and humane treatment of its characters, this is an absorbing and emotionally effective read.” — BCCB
"Strong characters and fast-paced action." — VOYA
"Thought-provoking....Introspective tweeners will find plenty to chew on." — Booklist
“Teens are sure to find this an interesting read.” — School Library Journal
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