05 Magic and Mayhem - The Cynthia Woodward Young Readers Legacy

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Maureen Johnson United States

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times–bestselling author of more than 10 young adult novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Devilish and The Bermudez Triangle. Her most recent book is The Madness Underneath, the second in the Shades of London series. She divides her time between New York City and Guildford, England. @maureenjohnson Read more

Maggie Stiefvater United States

Maggie Stiefvater is a bestselling American author of young adult/urban fantasy novels, including the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, the Books of Faerie and her most recent series, the Raven Cycle. Her new book is The Dream Thieves. She lives in Virginia. @mstiefvater Read more

Host: Nancy Lee
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

“Magic and storytelling can transcend boundaries,” says Maggie Stiefvater, whose books have been translated into 34 languages. Her Shiver trilogy spent 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Adventure, individuality and independence are aplenty in her new series, starting with The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. Maureen Johnson, also a New York Times bestselling writer with thousands of Twitter followers, will entrance readers with her Shades of London series. Based on the story of Jack the Ripper, her series is set amongst ghost hunters and the historic sewers of London and filled with secret passages and bodies. Lots of bodies.

Suitable for grades 9–12

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Magic and Mayhem


Maureen Johnson, The Madness Underneath
Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language arts: creative writing process and fantasy/historical plot development


  • Brainstorm with students: what makes a book fantasy instead of realistic fiction? How would you define "real”? How would you define "imaginary”?
  • Pass out an excerpt from Stiefvater’s and Johnson’s books. Have the students read the text once for meaning. On the second try, have them underline aspects of the text that make it "real" or "believable" and circle aspects that make it "imaginary" or "unbelievable."
  • Would you define Johnson’s and Stiefvater’s books as “fantasy” genre works? In what ways are they not fantasy? In what ways are there realistic elements in the story? Would you call Johnson’s book “historical”? Is “historical” necessarily “realistic”?