Today's I Heart YA prompt is
Which 2011 debut author do you think deserves a spotlight?
There are a lot of books published last year that I still want to get my hands on. But the two I would have to spotlight are:
by Erin Morgenstern
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
I haven't finished reading The Night Circus and I'm already thinking it'll make a great movie. I'm hoping the story will fulfill all my expectations of it, though. This book seems written with a movie in mind. It's non-linear and full of characters that would be stronger in movie format than a novel. Plus, the plot - a game between two powerful illusionists using their young wards as players under the tents of a spectacular dreamlike circus - just screams film. In addition, there's a love story. So, there you go.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is inventive and impressive. The story is built around a collection of authentic old photographs that the author owns himself or has borrowed for the novel. It's a novel about exactly what the title says, told from the first-person perspective of a teenage boy who finds out he's more peculiar than he realized. Set this in two time periods - present day and WWII Europe - and you have a pretty epic situation. There are also monsters. Real monsters that eat you if you encounter them.
All I can say is, I hope this has a sequel.
So, there are my two debut authors for 2011. I'm curious to see what everyone else picks.