Middle Grade Writer Extraordinaire
Writers tend to gather. Sometimes online, often in person, but with other writers who they admire, like, are inspired by, and who truly get the journey. I have been incredibly lucky to belong to a small online group of women writers that support each other as we traverse the storms of publishing and life. One of these women is Anne Nesbet, a hugely talented Middle Grade author.
I get to read snippets of her work before it’s polished, and I am always transported. No one puts words together quite like Anne.
Anne is currently on sabbatical to France, where she is traveling and gathering information for a research-type book, but also gathering information for her next middle grade novel. This next bit is from her Amazon Page:
“Anne Nesbet teaches Russian literature and the history of film at U. C. Berkeley. She lives near San Francisco with her husband, several daughters, and one irrepressible dog. THE CABINET OF EARTHS is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.annenesbet.com”
She’s working on a new novel that I can’t talk about, but holy moly is it fascinating! I haven’t yet read THE CABINET OF EARTHS but it’s on my list.
Here’s the Amazon description of The Cabinet of Earths:
“The Cabinet of Earths, Anne Nesbet’s debut novel for tweens, blends fantasy, science, and horror into an irresistible story in the vein of the classic His Dark Materials series.
Twelve-year-old Maya is miserable when she has to move from California to Paris. Not speaking French at a school full of snobby French girls is bad enough, but Maya believes there is something sinister going on in her new city. A purple-eyed man follows Maya and her younger brother, James. Statues seem to have Maya’s face. And an eerie cabinet filled with mysterious colored bottles calls to her.
When James becomes the target of dark forces, Maya decides she must answer the call of the Cabinet of Earths, despite the danger.”
Anne has a sequel to it, as well, called A BOX OF GARGOYLES…take a look!
Here’s what Amazon has to say about Gargoyles…
“Fans of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass will love Anne Nesbet’s middle-grade fantasy A Box of Gargoyles.
In this sequel to The Cabinet of Earths, twelve-year-old Maya is feeling more at home in Paris, a city filled with old magic. Her little brother, James, is safe, and the terrible man with purple eyes is gone. At least Maya believed he was until a person-sized column of dust and leaves with hints of purple where its eyes should be begins following her.
Maya suspects the strange, shadowy column is what’s left of the purple-eyed man, and that it—he—is behind the eerie changes in Paris, including the appearance of flying, talking stone gargoyles. She’s right. Worse, he has bound Maya to make him whole again, even if it kills her.”
If you’ve got a Middle Grade reader, surprise them this holiday with Anne’s books. And when they’re busy doing other things, read them yourself. I have a feeling you’ll be as transported as your child.
What are the kids in your life reading these days?
Thanks so much for stopping by!
This book sounds great. I’m going to read it myself!
Janie, seriously, Anne is a fantastic writer. EVERYONE should be reading her!
Christine, this author highlight couldn’t have been more well-timed. Just yesterday I was thinking about the early “Harry Potter” books and how much fun they were, and wouldn’t it be nice to have something like that to dig into with the little guy. Will have to give this series a try!
Samanthe, Anne is – well, she’s worth buying in hardback. And I don’t say that about every writer I read. Enjoy!
Sam, also try Jenn Reese’s Above World series. It’s FANTASTIC – two books are out now, and a third is coming in February I believe. I buy her hardbacks, too!
Anne’s use of language and imagery Blows My Mind! She’s a wildly original writer. An awesome talent. Keep your eye on her—she’s gonna rock the book-buying world.
Sally, I KNOW! We are so lucky to be in school with her, lol! Hugs hon!