This is The Compound, my first YA novel that came out in 2008. I honestly never thought about writing a sequel. Ever. It was a stand-alone story with a fairly open ending. But was there really more to tell?
Apparently,according to readers, yes. This past year and a half I spent a LOT of time in middle school and high schools in states where the book has made it onto state reading award lists. And everywhere I went, it was the first question they all asked: "Will there be a sequel?" And I always said no. Sequels are never as good as the first, everyone is disappointed, etc. etc. There would be no sequel. But then, I was watching television, as I am wont to do, and heard this fairly amazing story on the science channel about a discovery. And it got me thinking. ( Also as I am wont to do...) And I came up with this CRAZY idea. In July, my editor and I presented together at a SCBWI conference in Maryland, and we had a chance to talk. I said, "Okay. I've never considered a sequel, but...I have this idea. You will either think I am insane or you will love it." I told her and and she said, "I love it."
Well, I spent the next few months working up a synopsis to go with the idea, not sure it was going to work. But, I just found out last week that it is a go. So the next book you'll see from me after The Raft will be the sequel to The Compound.
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Published on December 20, 2011 15:03 • 1,936 views
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message 1: by TheBookDecoder (new)

TheBookDecoder Yippity skip!

message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan SO thrilled that there will be a sequel!

Do you (or any fans out there) have any lesson plan activities or ideas that can go along with The Compound? I am trying to develop a new novel unit for my 7th/8th grade reading class, and I would love to be able to use your novel.

Thanks so much!! :)

message 3: by Megan (new)

Megan Thank you so much! I will definitely check them out :)

Chandler "Chan-Chan" Reid Haha Compound is something all schools should read!

message 5: by Nick (new)

Nick Hutchinson never did like reading but Im in GED classes going for writing teacher that reading would so I read The Compound best book ever told everyone about it and everyones reading it just told them about sequel all very excited cant wait

message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill The Compound is such an "amazingly disturbing" book, and one I recommend daily to my middle school students. I am counting down the days until the sequel!!! Keep up the great writing! :)

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