The Gift of Reading

The Gift of Reading

Posted on February 21 by Kristine Scarrow in Teens
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As the author of young adult novels that tackle gritty and difficult subject matter, I am often asked why I write what I do. What I think fuels my desire to write about these topics more than anything is the idea that life can be challenging, and reading about real issues is important. We need to know that we are not alone in our struggles, and that no matter how dire things may seem, there will be brighter days ahead.  I hope that when the characters in my novels dream beyond their current circumstance, it inspires the reader to do the same.

In If This Is Home, sixteen-year-old Jayce has been responsible for far more than most teens her age. When she’s faced with the possibility of losing her mom to cancer, and there isn’t any additional family support that she knows of, she’s left feeling alone, overwhelmed, and scared. Her search for support takes her on a journey that will ultimately teach her that home is where the heart is, and that love really does transcend all.

As a mother, I have tried to pass on my love of reading to my three children. My oldest is a teenager now and we read many young adult books together. Having her input into my books has been thrilling. Even though my boys are considered preteens, I still read aloud to them sometimes, and much to my delight, they still love to sit and listen when I do. I hope I’m fostering a lifelong love of reading in them because it’s so important. Although the gift of reading gives us essential life skills, it also opens us to new worlds. By sharing books what we’re really sharing is compassion, empathy, hope, dreams, and possibilities. What better gift is there?

Kristine Scarrow

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Kristine Scarrow

Kristine Scarrow is the author of young adult novels The 11th Hour,If This Is Home, and Throwaway Girl. She is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, where she teaches writing as a healing art in the community. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.