Posted by kacates on February 23, 2011
I just found out that YA author L.K. Madigan passed away today from pancreatic cancer. Last month she had announced her cancer in a heartfelt post on her blog that blew me away. She was pretty clear in her post that she knew she didn't have much time left, but I'm still shocked and upset to find her gone so soon. I've never met Madigan, but I feel like I know her – her voice comes through so strongly in her writing.
Madigan, by the way, wrote the incredible Flash Burnout, which won the American Library Association's William C. Morris award for a debut author. It's about, among other things, a boy named Blake who gets tangled up in his friend Marissa's life after finding out the woman in a photograph he took for class is her long-lost, meth addicted mom. It was one of my favorite books of last year, so I encourage all of you to run in and check it out. She also wrote The Mermaid's Mirror, which just came out this past year. I haven't read it yet, but I've heard good reviews so I'm eager to get to it. I'm just incredibly sad that we won't be hearing more from a great new voice in YA literature. If you're curious to know more about Madigan's books, check out this post from the librarians at Stacked, who post their own review of Flash Burnout as well as links to other reviews of Madigan's books. They're also offering a chance to win a copy of Flash Burnout.