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Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

28/10/2016

Hi! I'm Kiran, one of the Teen Bloggers in Residence for OPL's fall term, and here is what you should know about me: 

 

- I have a serious case of wanderlust and perpetually messy hair

- I always use too many words 

- I own way more notebooks than necessary but have no regrets

- I recently purchased a really cute hat with a unicorn on it

 

In terms of books I could never choose an all-time favourite novel (if you're reading this, you can probably relate) but I do love Cassandra Clare and everything she writes, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and most recently, Sarah J Maas and her lovely Celaena from the Throne of Glass series. 

 

I'm super excited to be writing for you guys this fall, and I can't wait to share many, many books with you

 

Currently reading: Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Last night, I got a text from my friend. "Ever read The Boundless? Kenneth Oppel is speaking tonight and I have an extra ticket!"

I had, in fact, so off I went.

From his first sentence, he had the audience mesmerized. Not all authors read as well as they write, but that certainly wasn't the case.

His new novel, Every Hidden Thing, is described as “Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones”.  Set in the late 19th century, the book recounts the love story of the children of two rival paleontologists on an expedition out west to uncover a giant dinosaur skeleton. (The rival paleontologists actually did exist - Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh.) I can already tell it’s a book I’m going to lose sleep over.

Mr. Oppel’s books are all research-based - he said he is often inspired by a scientific fact or a historical moment, which I find really interesting. For example, his Airborn trilogy was inspired by the plans of a WWII airship. To write his newest book, he visited an active dig site. His enthusiasm for his subjects definitely shows.

When asked about facing obstacles, he said, “Keep going. Write those bad sentences - the only way to know what works is to write it. Yes, you’ll make mistakes, but you won’t know until you write it out. And eventually, you’ll find what works. [pause] You still want to be a writer?”

That’s a good question, Mr. Oppel.

 

Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog in May/June, September/October and January/February.