Hannah is the author of two unbelievably fantastic YA novels (Wonder Show and Some of the Parts), and will venture into completely different territory in 2017: children's picture books. Hannah is crazy talented and we love her books.
In a guest post at a blog hosted by Cynthia Leitich Smith (who some of you may recognize as the author of the Tantalize series), Hannah shares a very emotional story revealing how the death of her brother inspired her to write Some of the Parts. It certainly could not have been easy to dig into such painful memories, but by doing so she was able to give Tallie, the main character, an beautifully honest and heartfelt voice.
You can read the full blog post here. You can also read more about Hannah at her website, where she has a lot of advice for aspiring writers, and then follow her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram!
When you're done finding her on social media, make sure you get your hands on Hannah's books because you'll want to tell her how awesome she is when you meet her at YA Fest 2017!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco’s display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father’s disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It’s a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same.
Some of the Parts
Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.
For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful façade she’s built around herself:
Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.
Hannah Barnaby’s deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn’t ready to let go of. Hannah Barnaby’s deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn’t ready to let go of.
*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.
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