Native Oak Park author Pamela Todd will introduce her anticipated young adult novel, “The Blind Faith Hotel,” to teachers, librarians and children on Saturday at Anderson Bookshop’s 5th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference, held at Naperville’s Holiday Inn Select. “The Blind Faith Hotel,” in which Todd comprises many personal experiences, is a contemporary coming-of-age story. The protagonist, a young girl, is forced to move to the Midwest from the northwest, deserting her father, and the only life she ever knew. After being sentenced to community service at a local prairie preserve, she meets a wild boy and together they use nature, each other and blind faith to heal from loss and grief. Todd hopes the novel will teach young adults how to cope with loss, mend relationships and learn to let go of situations they cannot control. Further, she aims to make kids aware of their relationship with nature and its importance. “I love encouraging people to write about the natural world and how they are affected by it,” she says. “There isn’t much out there like that for kids.”
Anderson Bookshop’s 5th Annual Young Adult Literature Conference, Holiday Inn Select, Naperville, Saturday, September 27, 2008.