Some Books Stay with You


If I can’t remember the words themselves, I can easily remember how I felt as I read them. And that’s always been my goal as a writer: to make readers feel as if they are in the world I’ve created, and that they want to stay there.

At the Guardian, Lauren Wolk, author of Wolf Hollow, writes about how the children’s classic, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, influenced her as a young girl and a writer.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →