Written by Kate Harner
Fraustino will read from two new books she has written: "Hitching to Istanbul" and "The Hole in the Wall." "Hitching to Istanbul" is her first poetry chapbook, and was released in September. Her poetry revolves around adult themes that distinguish it from her adolescent literature. Her poems range from describing how to steal a lover to escaping one's past to declining an invitation to meet Geoffrey Chaucer, medieval author of "The Canterbury Tales." "Hitching to Istanbul" includes the poem, "Lament of the Silk Worm," winner of the 2008 International Publication Prize awarded by the "Atlanta Review."
"The Hole in the Wall," Fraustino's third middle grade novel, won the 2010 Milkweed Prize in Children's Literature and will be released Nov. 1. The novel follows 11-year-old Sebby, who escapes from his dreary life to the Hole in the Wall, a peaceful glen in the middle of a devastated mining area. Soon after he finds this place, however, problems and mysteries occur, forcing Sebby and his twin sister to solve them.
When asked if she could create a synopsis of her book in 140 characters or less for Twitter, Fraustino replied, "What's Stanley Odum strip mining across the road? Why'd Jed run away? Will Pa straighten out? 'The Hole in the Wall' has answers."
Fraustino has also written "Ash," a 1995 ALA Best Book for Young Adults; "Grass and Sky," a Junior Library Guild selection; "The Hickory Chair"; "Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief"; "Don't Cramp My Style: Stories about 'That' Time of the Month"; and a Dear America Series novel, "I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials." Fraustino is also the editor of "Dirty Laundry," an anthology of young adult authors' short stories.
Fraustino is also a visiting associate professor in the Hollins University Graduate Program in Children's Literature. She served as a 2006 Fulbright Scholar to Mahasarakham University in Thailand.
For more information about the book reading, contact Miranda Lau at (860) 465-4570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.