Barbara Shoup is not a new name in YA fiction. She's the author of several books for young adults, including Wish You Were Here, a novel that managed to garner an interesting variety of notoriety. It was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and it was among the most challenged books published in 1998 according to the ALA. When it went out of print, librarians and other readers voted it the book they'd most like to see reissued in a 2006 study by the the ALA and the CBC (Flux is very happy to listen to the voice of the people. We're reissuing it next summer). Her most recent novel, Everything You Want, won the Pen/Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship (and we're publishing that one this spring). She also teaches and lectures widely on writing for young people.
Barbara Shoup is, however, a new blogger. I know I'm looking forward to reading her unique perspectives on books for young adults. I'm especially hoping she'll elaborate on why the Flux edition of Wish You Were Here will be the book equivalent of a "director's cut."