Best YA and Middle-Grade novels selected by Pete Hautman. His latest book is Eden West, the story of a boy growing up in an isolated doomsday cult in Montana.
I honestly thought it’d take about a year to write a full-length novel, I’d sell it, have money in the bank, and be off and running. The truth was that it took seven and a half years to sell my first book—a YA novel, A BLUE SO DARK. I drafted THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY in ’05, at the end of a make-or-break period.