Black is for Beginnings

By Laurie Faria Stolarz

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It’s happening again… The BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues – in graphic novel format! Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Stacey’s nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn’t been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory—and what lies ahead—for the young, spellcasting lovers. Praise for the Blue is for Nightmares series: • A 2007 YALSA Popular Paperback• A 2005 YALSA Quick Pick• A 2004 YALSA Teen Top Ten Nominee

About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in teen culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.

Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738714387
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780738721989
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.19 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Sep 08, 2009
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 168
  • Series: Stolarz Series
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Paranormal
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Paranormal

Reviews of Black is for Beginnings:

"Taking Stolarz's Blue Is for Nightmares series into the graphic-novel realm is a bold idea, and it pays off in this morbidly entertaining and surprisingly romantic page-turner." —Booklist


"The half-million readers of Laurie Faria Stolarz's paranormal mystery series will be happy with this shift to graphic style, offering as it does the pleasure of putting faces on characters, its visualized eeriness and vibrant displays of emotion ... The graphic style allows Stolarz to distill the story while simultaneously dropping hints about Stacey and Jacob's supernatural talents, luring new readers to the series." —Kirkus Reviews

Awards received by Black is for Beginnings:

Great Graphic Novels Nominee 2010 American Library Association


Cybils Award Nominee, Graphic Novel Category 2009

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