Rebecca Barnhouse, novelist and professor at Youngstown State University discusses her writing process and her novels.
From her website:
In this stand-alone companion book to The Coming of the Dragon, 16-year-old Hild has to decide what’s most important to her, honor or happiness. Those who have read Dragon will meet new characters and see some familiar faces from a new perspective. Readers new to Hild’s world will meet a girl who knows how to wield a sword, but whose job is to weave peace between two warring kingdoms.
"Barnhouse has woven a fantasy that is full of bravery, adventure, and magic. . . . The pacing of the story remains steady throughout with a nice balance of the protagonist’s introspective struggles combined with nerve-wracking suspense. A thoroughly enjoyable read."
--Elizabeth C. Johnson, School Library Journal.
"Hild is a satisfyingly complex character, both committed to peace and desperate to avoid exile . . . Although it depends not a whit on the previous book, it may well drive new readers to it, so they can spend more time in this fascinating, distant place."
"This vigorous Norse saga is rich in details of medieval Scandinavian life, and Hild grows convincingly from a naive, judgmental girl into an honorable, capable warrior-queen as her prowess is tested against both monstrous creatures and all-too-human traitors. Give this to readers of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and Viking mythology."
--Krista Hutley, Booklist
"Fantasy readers will enjoy this epic journey with a strong female protagonist. Rich Viking mythology provides a captivating framework as readers witness Hild's growth from a pampered young lady into a brave and honorable future queen."
--Jessica Miller, VOYA
"This heroine's journey is absolutely, completely awesome."
--The Book Smugglers (click here to read entire review)
"Peaceweaver, like The Coming of the Dragon, is absolutely top notch historical fantasy."
--Charlotte’s Library (click here to read entire review)
“Entrancing! Barnhouse weaves a web of magic and treachery that will ensnare you.”
--Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author of the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series
“Peaceweaver is splendid historical fantasy. Barnhouse’s sure-footed prose and intricate world building deftly evoke a time of ancient magics, perilous journeys, and thrilling tales spun by firelight. Highly recommended.”
--Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the Morris Award; author of A Curse Dark as Gold and StarCrossed
For great teaching ideas about Peaceweaver, visit The Classroom Bookshelf. (http://www.classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/03/peaceweaver.html)
Read Elizabeth C. Bunce’s interview with Rebecca at The Enchanted Inkpot.
For a sneak preview of the first chapter, check out the spring 2011 issue of JENNY, Youngstown State University Student Literary Arts Association’s online magazine:http://www.jennymag.org/spring-11-issue/a-moment-with-rebecca-barnhouse/peaceweaver-chapter-1-excerpt. While you’re there, take a look at JENNY’s great selections of poetry, prose, and visual arts!
Buy the book from Random House: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/catalog/results.pperl?keyword=peaceweaver
Buy the book from IndieBound.
Buy the book from the Vero Beach Book Center.
We want to know what you read this summer! Because we know what you did last summer!
Sunday, August 31st, there is a 4:10pm screening of Jamie Marks is Dead, an adaptation of Christoper Barzak's book One for Sorrow following the death of a young man and the aftermath his death causes.
If you are interested, sign up with the English department or email Mary Beth Earnheardt at email@example.com.
Angela Messenger, advocate of the Student Slavic Association and Director of the Writing Center and Youngstown State University discusses Polish literature and history with the crew.
Go to Polish Day!
1. Don't come to class late. If you do, don't be loud or disruptive.
2. Don't stop in the middle of the halls (Courtesy of Tom)
3. Free stuff on welcome week!
4. Take advantage of free academic resources.
5. Find an adviser! They are important.
6. Look for departmental opportunities.
7. Smile! Life doesn't suck that bad.
8. Don't be afraid to talk to people. Just be polite.
9. Make friends.
10. Don't eat or drink loudly in class.
11. Stay off of electronics.
12. You are your own responsibility!!!
13. Save money on your books by going to the library.
14. Back up files and homework. Emailing things to yourself helps.
15. Use your college email!!!!
16. Have a professional email and social media profile.
17. Keep an updated resume of your activities.
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