Rumor Has It

YA Fiction

Calie has survived her high school life by staying at the sidelines and choosing to become a wallflower. But all that will change when a dirty little rumor about her spreads like wildfire. Calie may still be a wallflower, but now, everybody is staring at her wall.

Everything feels like its falling apart until Landon (a.k.a the school heartthrob) comes in and proposes a brilliant plan. Will Calie survive high school now?

 

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Kilig Moments

Farrah Polestico’s Rumor Has It (2015) is straight out of any teenage girl’s daydreams. I found myself giggling and smiling every time something ‘kilig’ happens in the story. What I like about this story is that it’s an easy read. Anyone can read it anytime they want. Even if you’re a teen or you feel like you’re a teen, this story is a fun and bubbly cluster of pages. It’s also very accessible since it’s available as an ebook so you could just whip out your phone and read away.

The storyline might be light and easy but it is also a bit shallow and predictable. After reading some of the chapters of the book, I had to tell myself, “I’ve read this somewhere.”

Some of the events in the story, though, just made me cringe instead of making me feel butterflies and fireworks and all that. The story is also too fast paced. It isn’t confusing to read but it all just felt rushed. I just hope it was written with more, well, more everything. More events, more words that would help readers to visualize the story, more anything that would help the story to not sound like it is only done halfway.

But even with these flaws, Rumor Has It has gotten rid of my critiquing eyes and just made me enjoy the book while it lasted. I was in a different place while reading and I fell in love every time Landon would do something “blush worthily” cute to Calie. I felt the feelings everyone in the story was feeling. I really really wished it didn’t end so soon because I (honestly) wanted more of Landon and more of Calie’s winning and losing moments.

 

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Released Feels

Overall, I (who secretly really love heart racing love stories but is just hiding it) thank Farrah Polestico. For they were released into their natural state of tears freely slipping on my cheeks, Cheshire cat smiles and laughs I would usually be ashamed of.

Just a personal note, if you want more emotions released then you should listen to STARK’s Ambon while reading this. The lyrics and tone of the song sounds like it’s been made to really accompany this book. Trust me, reading the books while listening to this song made me an emotional wreck.

There is one thing I would always say to myself while reading this book, “Wow, how come there are no Landons in our lives?”

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Raya is a fourteen-year-old kitty lover who dreams to fulfill her bucket list which includes travelling around Europe by train and one day publish her own book. She was part of the PDI’s Junior Inquirer and has since been writing stories online.

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RayaAlso joining our review team is Raya Carrillo! Raya is a fourteen-year-old kitty lover who dreams to fulfil her bucket list which includes travelling around Europe by train and one day publish her own book. She was part of the PDI’s Junior Inquirer and has since been writing stories online.

For her first post, she lays out what she thinks of Candy Gourlay’s young adult novel, Shine (David Fickling Books, 2013). She read the Philippine edition published by Anvil Publishing House (2014).

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Who wouldn’t want the cool weather, the smell of wet plants, and the sound of the rain pouring? Those moments you allow yourself to put on some sentimental music and look out the window pretending you’re in a music video. This is rain for some of us.

But for Rosa, the rain is an everlasting shower that clouds her strange island called Mirasol into darkness. The sun almost never shines in her town. To make things worse, Rosa has a rare condition called “The Calm.” She has never uttered a word in her life, an effect of an ugly scar on her throat.

Things begin to brighten up when she starts chatting with Ansel95, a marvellous photographer who might just become her first ever real life friend, and when her dead mother suddenly appears on their front door.

This is Shine, written by the award-winning author, Candy Gourlay.

 

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Unputdownable

Shine is one of the few books I just could not put down. Every moment after I started reading it, my mind was lingering with thoughts about the story. My fingers were itching to start turning pages and find out what was going on that I finished the book in less than a day. Well, eight hours to be exact.

Every time I would turn a page, the story just gets better and better. Maybe it was the mysteries the story has yet to unfold, like who is the person behind Ansel95.  Maybe it was the horror stories so well told by Rosas’ yaya that I had to check my back at night. Or maybe it was the excitement of finding out more about the characters and how it would all end up.

This book is definitely going on my shelf of all-time-favourites.

 

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Unusual

Though the writing style is unusual, it actually makes Shine interesting. There are a few chapters that are written in a different font, which signals the shift in point-of-view. Every page I turn makes me understand the unknown point-of-view even more. This style adds to the already compelling mystery of the book.

If there is one thing I loathed about the book is that 217 pages of it was not enough. I found myself hoping a bonus page was hidden behind the dedications but sadly there was none. I now find myself regretting my decision of letting my curiosity take over and finish the book quickly. But I still am happy that every word seeped through me beautifully and that the story didn’t disappoint one inch of my mind.

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Pictures of the UK and Philippine editions of Shine are from Candy Gourlay’s site.

Sophia Marie Lee

Sophia Marie Lee, Winner of the Scholastic Asian Book AwardSophia Marie Lee, a Creative Writing student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, won this year’s Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) for her young adult novel What Things Mean.

SABA, a joint project of Scholastic Asia and the National Book Development Council of Singapore, recognizes excellent stories for children written in English every two years. The award grants the winner a cash prize of S$10,000 and a publication contract with Scholastic Asia. Lee received the award on May 30, 2014 during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content held in Singapore.

Lee bested four other authors, including runner-up Catherine Torres (with her manuscript Sula’s Voyage) also from the Philippines. Other finalists are India’s Aditi Krishnakumar (Ergo Sum) and Vivek Bhanot (Robin and the Case of the Summer Camp Kidnapping), and Singapore’s Thia Shi Min (Dragonhearted: The Fine Spell of Words Alone).

Kalatas touched base with Lee recently, and she gladly answered some of our questions about her winning novel.

Kalatas: Can you briefly describe your winning entry What Things Mean? How was the novel conceived?

Lee: What Things Mean is a story about a teenage girl named Olive, who looks and acts so differently from her family. She is obsessed with words and what they mean, and is constantly looking for answers to all her questions in the things she encounters. The story deals with Olive’s search for the father she never knew, and her search for her own identity as well.

The story came to be because like Olive, I too am a bit obsessed with words. Growing up, the dictionary was one of my favorite books because I liked learning about what words meant, how they came to mean that – that kind of thing. I liked how some words could mean many different things, and I wanted to bring that idea into a book for young adults. So many young people go by these identifiers – words that other people or they themselves assign, like geek, jock, pretty, ugly – and sometimes, they forget that they don’t have to be limited to just those things. People are complex. You are more than what people call you, and you can choose to define yourself, to give meaning to your life however way you want. That was something my teenage self needed to hear, and so I wanted to write about that.

Kalatas: What do you think was the edge of What Things Mean over the other entries?

Lee: Honestly, I wouldn’t know! I was able to hear about the other stories (the ones that got shortlisted, at the very least) and they sounded really fun and interesting too!

If I had to guess, I would tell you that my story is different because of the form – it is told partly through dictionary definitions and short blurbs that help move the plot forward. Apart from this, I just hope that I was able to write a story that resonates with readers, that helps them understand a part of themselves too, by reading about Olive’s journey.

Kalatas: Aside from writing a novel for young adults, what are your current literary endeavors?

Lee: There are so many things I want to write! Right now, I’m researching about food and travel, and thinking about how I can turn the things I’m learning into a good story.

I am in the process of completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. I am beginning work on my thesis, which will either be a novel or a collection of short stories for young adults. I am also a part of a children’s writing group called KUTING (Kuwentista ng mga Tsikiting).

I also do writing work for various causes, writing features and creating events for NGOs and social enterprises in order to increase awareness about important issues.

Kalatas: How did you prepare for the 2014 Scholastic Asian Book Award? What did you feel when you found out that you had won?

Lee: I didn’t really begin writing this thinking that I would enter it into the competition. While my preparation wasn’t deliberate, I can tell you that I read and wrote a lot. I am taking a Creative Writing MA at the University of the Philippines, and there, I try to enroll in as many literature and creative writing classes as I can. I love taking these classes! Apart from having wonderful mentors, it is there that we are taught how to set good writing apart from bad, and what we can do to improve our writing.

I also was very fortunate to have had wonderful mentors and support from a great community of writers during my experience as a fellow of the 52nd Silliman National Writers Workshop last year. Being around writers, listening to how they appreciate stories, seeing how they get their writing projects done was both inspiring and challenging for me.

As a writer who’s just starting out, I am really uncertain and a bit insecure about my writing – getting feedback from all these wonderful writers pushed me to be brave enough to submit my manuscript. Special mention has to be given to Professor Heidi Eusebio-Abad, in whose young adult fiction class I wrote What Things Mean. I learned so much from her – not just about writing, but about life. She was also the one who told me about the competition and encouraged me to join.

When it was announced that I had won, I was literally shaking! I was already so overwhelmed from making it to the shortlist – I wasn’t expecting to win at all. I hadn’t even prepared a speech. Actually, that’s why I was shaking, I was nervous that they would ask me to talk at a time when all words escaped me. I’m glad that they didn’t! But winning is just wonderful. I hope that my winning inspires more writers to write their own stories, and to enter these competitions too, or to submit them for publication. Dreams can come true! I am living proof of that.

Kalatas: What is your advice for aspiring Filipino authors?

Lee: Just write! Back it up with a lot of reading too. For me, it is only by reading that you get a sense of the kind of stories you want to tell. Study what the great authors before you have done, and try to understand what makes them great. I was very lucky to have discovered great writers through my MA, but you don’t really need an MA to do these. Just set aside time to read and write – focus on telling your story first, and from there, you can work on making it better. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback too.

Kalatas: When is What Things Mean going to be published? What can we expect from you after this?

Lee: The manuscript still has to go through the editing process under Scholastic Asia’s editors. It will most likely come out next year. I am very excited for all of you to read it!

I just arrived from the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, which is an annual conference where writers, illustrators, and other producers of content for young people come together to discuss industry trends and tips on how make better material for children. I learned so much from the sessions there. For now, I am looking forward to channeling all that I’ve learned from this amazing journey into more stories for children and young adults. I hope to finish my MA soon too, and from there, maybe pursue a PhD and try my hand at teaching English. But no matter what happens, I will continue to keep writing!

(first published in Kalatas)

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Maraming salamat sa mga nakibahagi sa Janus Sílang Blog Tour! Upang matuloy na lumahok sa paglulunsad ng nobelang pangkabataang ito, abangan si Edgar Calabia Samar ngayong Sabado, Mayo 10, 3 nh, sa Adarna House Showroom. Magsasalita siya tungkol sa aklat at pipirma ng mga kopya ninyo ng Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon.

Mapalad ang sumusunod dahil magkakaroon sila ng libreng kopya ng aklat bilang premyo nila sa paglahok sa Janus Silang Blog Tour Giveaway.

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Malugod na sinagot ng batikang manunulat na si Edgar Calabia Samar ang mga tanong tungkol sa kaniyang aklat na Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon. Si Edgar Calabia Samar ay ipinanganak sa Lungsod San Pablo at nakapagsulat na ng dalawang nobela, ang Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (2009) at Sa Kasunod ng 909 (2012). Itong Janus Sílang series ang una niyang kathang YA. Nagtuturo siya ngayon ng Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Ateneo de Manila University. Mahigit sampung taon na ang nakararaan nang una siyang makakilala ng isang Púsong.

Egay SamarXi Zuq’s Nook: Paano po nabuo ang konsepto ng aklat na Janus Silang? Bakit napili ninyong paglaruan ang mundo ng RPG? (Tanong po ng 13 taon gulang kong kapatid kung inspirado po

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ECS: Malaking kasalanan ba kung sasabihin kong hindi ko pa napapanood ang RPG Metanoia? Hindi naman sana magalit ang kapatid mo. Ha-ha. Sinubukan kong tingnan sa YouTube ang simula nito ngayong itinanong mo, pero hindi ko makita roon ang tono at dilim ng bisyon ko sa Janus Sílang. Nagkataon lang sigurong parehong gumagamit sa kultura ng network gaming, pero tingin ko sang-ayon sa nakita ko’y ibang-iba. Matagal ko nang gustong magsulat ng YA novel. Tinatapos ko pa lang ang ikalawa kong nobelang Sa Kasunod ng 909 noong dulo ng 2010 ay nagbabalangkas na ako ng konsepto para sa isang nobelang nagsimula sa kamatayan ng ilang kabataan. Mula pa man noon, gusto ko nang mabálot ng lagim ang isusulat ko. Nagawa ko sana iyon sa Book 1 ng seryeng ito.
XZN: Paano ninyo binigyang-buhay ang tauhan na si Janus Silang? Batay po ba ito sa inyong karanasan o sa karanasan ng kakilala? O nangailangan po bang magsaliksik kayo sa buhay ng mga batang tulad ni Janus Silang?
ECS: Nasa high school pa ako nang huli akong maglaro ng online games tulad ng Red Alert, kaya kinailangan ko talagang manaliksik, makipag-usap sa mga kabataang lulong sa ganitong uri ng laro ngayon. Kinailangan ko ring ipabasa sa ilan sa kanila ang unang drafts ng mga unang kabanata upang makita kung makaka-relate sila kahit paano sa punto de bista ni Janus. Nakakatuwa kapag gusto nilang mabasa ang higit pa kaysa sa kaya kong ipakita sa kanila.
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XZN: Ano ang naging proseso ninyo ng paghahabi ng mundo ng RPG at ng mga pantastikong tauhan na pinaniniwalaan ng mga Filipino? Paano halimbawa ang pagpili ng mga ilalahok sa aklat? Naging salik din po ba sa mga desisyong inyong ginawa ang mga lugar sa nobela?
ECS: Sa ikalawa kong nobelang Sa Kasunod ng 909, pangarap ng isa sa mga tauhan na maging game designer, pero nauwi siya sa pagiging tabloid reporter. Sa isang banda, sinikap kong isakatuparan ang pangarap na iyon ng nauna kong tauhan sa pamamagitan ng pagdidisenyo ng TALA. Marami pang detalye tungkol sa laro na hindi pa naibabahagi rito sa Book 1 ng Janus Sílang kaya kailangan ninyong abangan ang mga susunod na libro. Noon pa man, interesado na ako sa mga tauhan ng ating mga alamat at kuwentong-bayan, at isang mainam na pagkakataon ito para sa akin para gamitin iyon sa pagdidisenyo ng laro, lalo pa’t hindi ito nalalayo sa karaniwang ginagawa ng mga laro hanggang sa ngayon. Ang mahalagang kontribusyon ko siguro rito ay ang pagsubok kong maghain ng kakaibang taxonomy ng mga nilalang na ito. Ang tiyak ko lang noong simula ay nakasentro rito ang mga Púsong bilang mahalagang tauhan ng ating mga kuwentong-bayan. Mula roon ay tinangay na ako sa pagmamapa ng isang larong pinapangarap kong sana nga’y magawa sa hinaharap.
XZN: May mga pagbabago po ba kayong ginawa sa paraan ng pagsusulat para sa kabataan/YA kompara sa mga nauna ninyong nobela? At bakit po sa tingin ninyo ay mahalagang mabasa ang aklat na ito ng kabataang Filipino?
ECS: Ang pinakamalaking pagbabago siguro ay ang higit na pagpapahalaga ko ngayon sa banghay, sa mismong kuwento. Sa mga una kong nobela, tulad ng Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, nangingibabaw ang interes sa tema, kaya’t maraming bahaging mas nagsasanaysay kaysa nagsasalaysay. Sa palagay ko’y mahalagang mabasa ito ng mga kabataang Filipino dahil magkasabay na nakalunan ito sa espasyong ginagalawan nila sa ngayon habang hinihikayat ding magharaya o mag-imagine ng mundong lampas dito subalit nakaugat din sa ating mga alamat. Ibig kong maging larawan si Janus Sílang ng bagong bayani ng mga kabataan—larawan ng kanilang kasalukuyang kalagayan at aspirasyon sa hinaharap. May mga kahinaan si Janus, may mga pagdududa kahit sa sarili niyang kakayahan, may malulungkot na karanasan, subalit hindi hinahayaang pabagsakin siya ng lahat ng mga iyon.
XZN: Ano po ang mga aasahan namin sa susunod na paglabas ni Janus Silang? (At kailan daw po sabi ng kapatid ko?) Mayroon po ba kayong mga susunod na proyekto?
ECS: Noong Marso ko pa natapos ang first draft ng Book 2 na may tentatibong pamagat na Si Janus Sílang at ang Digmaang Manananggal–Mambabarang. Lalabas umano ito, sang-ayon sa Adarna House, ngayong Nobyembre. Asahan ninyong mas lalawak pa ang mundo ni Janus Sílang. Makakikilala tayo ng mas marami pang bagáni at iba pang nilalang, at may dekonstruksiyon ako roon ng isang popular na alamat! Ayokong magbigay ng spoiler lalo pa para sa magbabasa pa lang ng Book 1. Bukod sa Janus Sílang Series, tinatapos ko rin ngayon ang aklat na 101 Nilalang na Kagila-gilalas para sa Adarna House, gayundin ang ikatlo kong nobela na bubuo sa aking Trilohiya ng mga Bílang pagkatapos ng Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog at Sa Kasunod ng 909, ang Pitumpu’t Pitong Pu*a. Mayroon din akong research grant mula sa Ateneo upang pag-aralan ang mga nobelang komiks na nalathala sa Liwayway mula noong dekada 20. Hindi naman ako masyadong busy, at masayang-masaya ako dahil ito naman talaga ang mga bagay na pinangarap kong gawin noong bata ako. At nadodoble ang saya ko sa suporta ng mga mambabasang tula mo at ng kapatid mo! Maraming-maraming salamat!
Maaaring i-like sa FB ang Janus Sílang Series sa http://www.facebook.com/JanusSilang. Maaari ring i-follow si Edgar Calabia Samar sa @ecsamar sa Twitter. Bisitahin ang edgarsamar.com para sa iba pang akda ni Samar.
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Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon

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Bilang bahagi ng isang serye, inilabas ng Adarna House ngayong taon ang pinakabagong libro nitong pangkabataan (YA). Pinamagatang Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, kinatha ito ng batikang manunulat na si Edgar Calabia Samar.

Unang-una, isa ito sa masasabi kong aklat na tiyak na kagigiliwan ng mga kabataang mambabasa dahil pinapaksa nito ang isang bahagi ng kanilang búhay – ang paglalaro ng mga online Role Playing Games (RPG). Sa akda, nakasentro mismo ang takbo ng kuwento sa paglalaro ng pangunahing tauhan na si Janus sa paglalaro niya ng online game na TALA. Kaya hindi kataka-taka kung bakit agad na nahumaling ang labintatlong taong gulang kong kapatid sa pagbabasa nito sa loob ng dalawang araw. Sana nga raw ay mayroong totoong laro na TALA.

Janus Silang - Tiyanak ng Tabon coverNaging mabisa rin ang karakterisasyon kay Janus Silang bilang isang kapani-paniwalang isang Filipinong teenager. Matagumpay, halimbawa, ang pagpili sa mga bagay na ikinawing sa kaniyang katauhan, tulad na lamang ang pagiging isang karaniwang mag-aaral niya, pagkakaroon ng kinaiinteresan sa pag-ibig, at may mga kinakaharap na problema sa pamilya. Tiyak na maraming kabataang mambabasa ang makakaugnay sa aklat na ito. (Kailangan ko ring banggitin na labis akong natutuwa na lalaki ang pangunahing tauhan ng nobela at bago ang tema nito dahil ang Janus Sílang ang isa sa iilan lang sa mga nailimbag na nobelang YA na hindi lamang umiikot sa mga dinaranas ng kabataan sa pagkakaibigan, sa pag-ibig at pamilya ang pangunahing paksa. Kinakasangkapan lamang ng Janus Sílang ang mga ito upang bigyang búhay si Janus ngunit naghahain ito ng panibagong mundong ginagalawan. Binubuksan ng aklat na ito, sa gayon, ang maaaring paksain ng mga nobelang pangkabataan para sa mga mambabasang Filipino.)

Sa pagkakasulat ng aklat, nakatutuwa ring napagsama ang tradisyonal ng mga elemento ng lipunan at kulturang Filipino sa moderno sa pamamagitan ng pagpasok ng mga nilalang mula sa ating mitolohiya sa isang computer game. Maayos din ang pagkakahabi nito sa daloy ng nobela kaya nagmumukha lamang na natural ang paggalaw ng Tiyanak, ng Do-ol at iba pang nilalang sa daigdig ng isang karaniwang mag-aaral sa hayskul. Nakatutuwa rin ang nilubid na alamat mula sa mga nahukay na buto sa Tabon.

Kapansin-pansin naman sa aklat na ito, bilang una sa serye, na maraming pagsasalaysay ng iba’t ibang bagay sa halos bawat kabanata, tulad ng mga salaysay tungkol sa daigdig na kinaiinugan ni Janus Silang, kaya hindi kataka-taka, halimbawa, ang pagbanggit ng schedule niya sa paaralan. Inasahan ko na rin ang mga ito lalo pa at bahagi ito ng isang serye, na nangangailangan ng isang malinaw na karakterisasyon at pagsasakonteksto sa pangunahing tauhan, na siyang magagamit ng mga mambabasa sa susunod pang aklat.

Ngunit ang mga pagsasalaysay na ito sa aklat ang isa sa pangunahing dahilan kaya nahulaming ako dito. Nakikita ko ang mga ito bilang isang eksemplikasyon ng kakayahan ng Tiyanak – isang manlilinlang at nanliligáw na nilalang. Ang manunulat, sa isang banda, ay ang Tiyanak dahil kailangan nitong maglubid ng mga kuwento na kailangang paniwalaan ng mga mambabasa. Ngunit mulat ang mambabasa na ang salaysay ay nagiging totoo lamang kung tatanggapin niya ito batay din sa kung gaano kahusay ang pagkakalubid ng kumatha sa salaysay. Tulad na lamang ng salaysay ng Tiyanak sa huling kabanata ng aklat, binubulong-bulungan ng manunulat ang mambabasa ng isang kuwentong magiging buháy sa mambabasa. Sa huli, isang mahusay at matalinong kasangkapan ang Tiyanak upang simulan ang serye at tapusin ang unang aklat upang ihanda ang mga mambabasa sa marami pang paglulubid ng salaysay na bubuhay sa pakikipagsapalaran ni Janus Silang. Sa kabilang banda, susuungin din ng mga mambabasa sa mga sorpresa at mga hindi aasahang mangyayari sa mga susunod pang aklat ng serye.

Tunay, isang kapanabik-nabik na nobelang pangkabataan ang Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, na ayon pa sa aking kapatid ay “hindi maganda at bitin” pero halos bukambibig pagkatapos ang mga detalye ng aklat kaya napangunahan na ako bago pa man nabasa ang aklat.

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