Brother, Brother, Clay's upcoming young adult novel,
July 2013 from Roaring Brook Press
Wild Things paperback now available
Thank you to our many, many 2012 visitors! Till next year...
"Wild Things, Clay Carmichael's first YA book, is a joy."
"Zoë’s first-person narration alternates with the observations of a feral tomcat ... and well-drawn eccentric characters add additional sparkle to the magic-touched story. Zoë’s fierce, funny voice is compelling, whether she is describing tense standoffs or moments of rare vulnerability that go straight to the heart."—Booklist
"Carmichael’s a smooth and evocative stylist, and the classic elements of the orphan story retain their appeal as Zoë begins to come to terms with her sad past in the face of her loving present."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"It's hard to resist the voice of 11-year-old narrator Zoë, who stars in Carmichael's swiftly-paced first novel, alongside a supporting cast of eccentric characters nearly as wild as she."—Shelf Awareness, featured review
Honors & Reviews for Wild Things
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year/Starred
NAPPA Gold Award
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book
Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop
2011 Sakura Medal Nominee (Japan)
2010-11 NC Children's Book Award Nominee
Keystone State Young Adult Book Award Nominee
2010 YALSA BBYA Nominee
2010 ALA Amelia Bloomer List Nominee
KCPL 2010 Mock Newbery Honor
ACPL 2010 Mock Newbery Shortlist
Eva Perry Mock Newbery 'Shorter Shortlist'
Denver Public Library Mock Newbery Shortlist
*Starred Review* "Zoë Royster, peer to the literary heroines she so loves, is as memorable in her own way as The Great Gilly Hopkins, Opal Buloni and Anne Shirley." — Kirkus
*Highlighted Review* "Carmichael's beautifully written story is wonderful. Readers both young and old will find Zoë a likeable and touching character and will be moved by the people who try to help her. This novel is a wonderful addition to any fiction collection. —Victoria Vogel, VOYA, (Voice of Youth Advocates)
*Five stars* A phenomenal debut book...I was stunned by the depth of the characters, and how I truly connected with many of them. My favorite part was the added perspective...of the wild cat, which adds an excellent dimension... Carmichael...skillfully weaves this story and interesting characters together to create the masterpiece that is WILD THINGS.
A must-read for all readers!
—Andrew S. Cohen, TeensReadToo.com
"Page by page, and this is a real page-turner, I fell hard for Wild Things."
"Wonderfully written with contrasting points of view from the cat and Zoë, the core of the novel is the family you're born with can let you down. But the families we create can be unbreakable. —Angela Nolet, Children’s Librarian, You Choose the Next Newbery, King Co. Library System, WA.
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