Thrice Interview + Giveaway: PARCHED

Hi! First – check out today’s stop on the STAR CURSED blog tour over at Ex Libris Kate! You can find out the secret behind the name of my favorite new character.

Now – today we’re celebrating the release of Melanie Crowder’s PARCHED!

They say:  

parchedA mesmerizing debut middle-grade novel about a boy, a girl, and a dog struggling to survive in a land without water.

“Brutally beautiful, this is a story that both inspires and sounds an alarm, a story of courage and heart. Just like Musa’s ability to tap into water, it asks us to tap into our own humanity, even though it might be more deeply hidden than we can imagine.”—Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of THE UNDERNEATH

“A thrilling, imaginative soul quencher. Crowder’s stunning debut is sure to become a modern classic.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of ONE CRAZY SUMMER

“Spare, unflinching, and beautifully written, this novel walks the line between magic and reality.”—Franny Billingsley, National Book Award finalist for CHIME

I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but holy wow, look at those amazing blurbs!

Now for our interview with Melanie:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Sarel is a resourceful girl, wary and resilient.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

PARCHED is a slim, suspenseful, and soulful novel.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I am athletic and imaginative; a reluctant grown-up. (JS: I love this description!)

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

New Zealand, Greece, and Argentina

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Encaustic painting, metalsmithing, and horticulture  

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Landscape design, animal rescue, artist

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

​Lilies, lilacs, and apple blossoms (JS: I love apple blossoms too!)

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pomegranates, smoked salmon, and saag paneer

9. What are your 3 favorite books?


You can find out more about Melanie at her website, or by following her on Goodreads or Facebook.

Melanie is offering one lucky reader in the US or Canada a swag pack – a signed bookplate, a locker magnet, and a themed necklace stamped with the word “listen.” To enter, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite recent MG read. Contest is open until noon EST next Tuesday, June 11!

8 Responses

  1. Valentina

    Mine would definitely be Doll Bones by Holly Black. Its very creepy and interesting and exciting and amazing and- well I can go on
    Thanks for the giveaway 😀

  2. Elise

    My favorite middle grade read would be either Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis or Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy because the main characters are growing into themselves and written so well! I love reading a middle grade novel where the protagonist is a strong girl who through shenanigans and solving problems they come into their own…in their own way.

  3. Amber Hsu

    My favorite middle grade read is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan… I know it's not very original of me, but i just love the series so much! Never fails to make me laugh…

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