NEW YORK CITY, May 26, 2010 – Today ForeWord Reviews crowned Lisa Mangum’s debut novel the 2009 Book of the Year for Young Adult Fiction.
Honored at a ceremony today at BookExpo America in New York City, The Hourglass Door represents the best independently published works from 2009. The winners were chosen by a panel of librarian and bookseller judges. The author, Lisa Mangum, lives in Taylorsville, Utah.
Last year Mangum burst onto the exploding teen supernatural book scene in her debut novel, The Hourglass Door. In this first book a trilogy, Abby’s picture perfect life is turned upside down when a mysterious foreign exchange student from Italy moves to town. Dante Alexander is provocative, and interesting, and unlike anyone she’s ever met before.
The Deseret News said, “In a time when copycats abound, Mangum has created a unique story with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. And because “Hourglass” centers on relationships, fantastical elements feel believable rather than, well, fantastical.”
The second book in the trilogy, The Golden Spiral, just released in May.
Mangum knew she was destined to work with books when she opted to skip recess in elementary school to help out at the school library instead. A voracious reader her entire life, her first paying job was at the Sandy Library as a page, where she shelved books all day. She worked at Waldenbooks for the four years while she attended the University of Utah, earning a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, Lisa has worked in numerous editorial roles in the publishing industry. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.