Stephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Saga

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VOYA - Chris Carlson
These two short biographies are new additions to a series that concentrates on how writing has affected the lives of authors popular with young adults. Although both are favorites with teens, Stephenie Meyer and Lois Duncan followed markedly different paths to literary success. Albert makes use of recent interviews and articles published primarily on the Internet or in periodicals for her research into the life of Meyer, finding that the mother of three found her inspiration for the Twilight series from a dream she had. She wrote every day afterward, building a story around the dream and finally with the encouragement of her older sister, she submitted her manuscript for publication. Success was immediate, as Twilight became immensely popular, both as a book and then as a major motion picture. In contrast Campbell relies on personal interviews for her biography of Lois Duncan. A prolific writer and poet since childhood, after making enough money to support herself writing for publications, Duncan finally found success as a writer of suspense novels for young adults, winning many awards and having several of her teen novels adapted into motion pictures. Since the murder of her youngest daughter ten years ago, Duncan has concentrated on nonfiction, and she and her husband have started a Web site dedicated to unsolved crimes. These short books are good for reluctant readers or for teens with an interest in a particular author. Books in the series, which also profile Lois Lowry, Amy Tan, and S. E. Hinton among others, follow the same format, including a short biography complete with photos, a chronology, a brief interview with the author, a list of additional books for further reading, andWeb sites to visit for more information. Reviewer: Chris Carlson
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Rondinelli Albert begins her biography about popular teen writer Stephenie Meyer with this sentence. "On the night of June 1, 2003, Stephenie Meyer had a dream that changed her life forever." The second sentence draws the reader in further. "Her nocturnal visions were of an average teenage girl and a gorgeous sparkling vampire with butterscotch eyes." Meyer's first book, Twilight, is about a handsome teen vampire named Edward and a non-vampire girl named Bella, who falls in love with him. The book has been released in thirty-eight languages and has sold in the millions. Meyer's biography is an interesting one. She grew up with two sisters and three brothers in a close-knit Mormon family. Meyer went to Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She married Christian Meyer in 1993, and by the age of twenty-three had a son named Gabe. Two more children followed. Before Meyer had the dream that would change her life she had never thought to write a novel. The dream called to her so she wrote it down. She began writing a story and could not stop until she had finished it in less than three months. The rest is publishing history. Twilight became a run-away best seller among teens and young adults and has earned Meyer millions. Rondinelli deftly relates the details of Meyer's writing of Twilight, how she found an agent, and why the book has become such a success. Back material includes chapter notes, a glossary, reading list, and websites. Color photographs are included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766035843
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Authors Teens Love Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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