Monthly Archives: September 2010

Top 100 Banned Books

Check out ALA’s list of the top 100 Banned Books spanning 2000-2009; you might be surprised at what you find. Harry Potter tops the list, and there are some books by Judy Blume, and of course Speak by Laurie Halse … Continue reading

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Banned Book Week: Speak Up, and Pick Up a Good Book

Did you know it’s Banned Book Week? I think this is especially poignant with the recent attempt at challenging Laurie Halse Anderson’sSpeak and Twisted; Ellen Hopkins’ disinvite and the censorship of Burned; and the recent challenge of Jo Knowles’ Lessons … Continue reading

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See a piece of art I made that I describe in my book Scars

You can check out some of my original art, including a drawing I describe in Scars, at A Good Addiction, and can also enter to win a signed copy of Scars. I hope you’ll check it out.

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My author interview for Scars on Fox 25 Morning News

My interview on Fox 25 Morning News in Boston today was such a lovely, positive experience! Kim Carrigan, the interviewer, was so friendly, professional, and kind with me, and asked wonderful questions. And Michele Lazcano, the producer, who greeted Julie … Continue reading

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Fight back against ignorance: Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak equated with porn

It shocks me to the core when anyone equates rape with pornography. But that’s exactly what associate professor Wesley Scroggins (who is also affiliated with Reclaiming Missouri for Christ) has done, comparing Laurie Halse Anderson’s beautifully and sensitively written YA … Continue reading

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Why I Write About Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Being Queer, & Other Tough Stuff

Read about Why I Write About Self-Harm, Sexual Abuse, Being Queer, & Other Tough Stuff on Raw Ink. You may need to join to read. I may also post it here in full text, if you all want me to.

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Enjoying my Kindle 3 – a review

Did I mention that I bought myself a Kindle for my birthday? (The new, Kindle 3 version.) Oh yeah, I did. And I’m loving it so far. (grinning) I got myself the Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6), which … Continue reading

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Watch TV interview with author Cheryl Rainfield

Below is my TV interview on DayTime Toronto about Scars. I was SO nervous the day before, but once I was at the TV station, everyone was friendly, kind, and encouraging, especially the host, and I was able to be … Continue reading

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Author interview with me, and another chance to win a signed copy of Scars

Find out how I relate to my main character, Kendra, from Scars, in this interview, what I hope readers take away from Scars, and more, & enter to win a signed copy of Scars at the latest blog tour stop … Continue reading

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My concussion is almost healed…and some picture books I’m enjoying

My concussion is *finally* starting to get better! I went out a few days ago for my first bus ride since the concussion (with a cane so I wouldn’t, er, lose my balance and fall), and grocery shop (just across … Continue reading

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