I am THRILLED to bring you today's girlfriend--the amazing Daisy Whitney. Her debut novel THE MOCKINGBIRDS is out in the wild!!! Let's hear more about it:
Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.
"In The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney has written an unflinchingly honest story about the importance of taking a stand and speaking out. An emotionally powerful debut that will leave readers breathless." (Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be)
"First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel... Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel 'normal' again." (Publishers Weekly (Starred review) )
"[Whitney] writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird's trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love." (Booklist )
THE MOCKINGBIRDS was picked as one of best of the year in YA by Romantic Times, and also one of ABC's 2010 New Voices list of outstanding debut books by authors for middle-grade and young-adult readers. Way to go, Daisy!!
1. Okay, first question. If this were high school, which senior superlative in the yearbook would you score?
Most likely to be found eating alfala sprout sandwiches in the library during lunch.
2. What is one thing you wish you would have done when you were younger? For me, it’s that I never studied abroad. How about you?
I wish I had learned an instrument! I would love to play the piano.
3. Now here’s the self-promotion part: Can you please tell us all about your book? We have some book shopping to do!
THE MOCKINGBIRDS is the story of an underground student-run justice system at a prestigious boarding school and the date rape case they try.
4. So, say your book just got picked up for a movie (congratulations!) Who’s playing your MC?
Emma Stone. I freaking love her.
5. If you could take one literary character to prom, who would it be, and why?
Etienne St Clair from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS obviously! He’s perfect! And I hear he’s a great kisser.
6. And finally, since all of the other questions were so serious… What do you hope teens take away from your book?
I hope they realize that taking a stand for someone including yourself is cool!
You're awesome, Daisy! Thank you! And everyone, pick up your copy of THE MOCKINGBIRDS today!