In celebration of the release of the gorgeous new MinaLima illustrated edition of Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, which I was very kindly sent from HarperCollins and being the Disney fiend I am, I couldn’t not create a blog post inspired by this books beauty (pun unintended but very much appreciated!) So, as well as a few photos to give you a sneak peak at the stunning illustrations and interactive elements of this book, I have, of course, created a quiz. So, for the people out there, who like me, can’t resist a bookish/disney themed personality quiz, this one’s for you…
Are you more Beauty or Beast? Lumière or Cogsworth? Maybe you and Gaston have more in common than you think! Take this quiz and finally find out which Beauty and the Beast you are truly most like…Read More
She was looking for a place to land. Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present. In Anna’s singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn’t, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.