Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Paperback
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**A November Goodreads Best Book of the Month!**
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.
Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.
"Three-dimensional vividness...An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship."--KIRKUS REVIEWS
Congrats to Lydia Kang on your new release, The November Girl! (Released November 7, 2017).
Today, on the blog, we have a special guest post from author Lydia Kang as she shares with us what kind of research went into writing The November Girl, as well as, sharing some beautiful photos from her trip to Lake Superior and Isle Royale. Enjoy!
A Moment with Lydia Kang
The research for The November Girl was intense. First, I’d never been to Lake Superior or to Isle Royale. But I didn’t know if I could justify a visit, so I did as much research as I could from home. Which mean, tons of Googling to find pictures and maps. I read forums about what it was like to visit the island. I studied the ferry schedules. I studied the history of how Lake Superior was made. I studied the weather, and the temperatures and which lakes had fish, and which didn’t.
I also bought books on the flora and fauna of Isle Royale, and dug up everything I could about the light houses and shipwrecks. I bought a great map that had all the shipwrecks, and a detailed camping/hiking book. Once the whole thing was written, I asked a local expert to read it to make sure I’d gotten my facts correct. Aside from some nautical terminology, I’d done well. My research paid off!
And finally—after I’d written and sold the book to Entangled—I went there! The trip took a lot of driving, and wouldn’t you know it—I got a horrible cold right then and there. Hector gets sick during the book, so it felt weirdly fitting that I would be sick too on my trip. The island was magical, gorgeous, and wild. And when I finally glimpsed Lake Superior for the first time, I cried, it was so beautiful.
I’ll never forget my trip there!
Here are some photos from the trip…
Lake Superior, from the shore of Wisconsin
A dead boat on the shores of Isle Royale
On Isle Royale, on the Greenstone Ridge Trail
Rock of Ages Lighthouse
Thank you again to Lydia Kang for sharing your story behind the research that went into The November Girl and for sharing your beautiful photographs from your trip. Thanks also to Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter for including Read. Eat. Love. in the blog tour for The November Girl by Lydia Kang. Before you go, as part of the blog tour, be sure to check out the amazing giveaway. Cheers!