Monthly Archives: June 2011

review of YA fantasy The Glass Swallow by Julia Golding

The Glass Swallow Julia Golding Marshall Cavendish (October 2011) (pre-order) ISBN-10: 0761459790 ISBN-13: 978-0761459798 My review: 5/5 stars I have found another YA fantasy author who has quickly become a favorite of mine–Julia Golding. (You can bet I’m going to … Continue reading

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YA anthology donates proceeds to The Trevor Foundation

The YA anthology AWAKE donates all the net proceeds to The Trevor Project (preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth). WOW, eh? The anthology has stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens written by YA authors Nancy Garden, Robin Reardon, Brian … Continue reading

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Guest Post by YA author Joe Lunievicz: Call Me Ishmael

Today YA author Joe Lunievicz is guest blogging here. I enjoyed reading his post; I hope you do, too! I think openings in books are just as important as Joe does. Take it away, Joe! Call Me Ishmael Don’t get … Continue reading

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Interview with YA author C Lee McKenzie

Today I talk with YA author C Lee McKenzie about her writing, her books, and more. C Lee McKenzie is the author of The Princess of Las Pulgas and Sliding On the Edge. Why do you write? I think I’m … Continue reading

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I made a #YAsaves image for myself

I felt so supported, moved, and empowered by the whole #YAsaves movement and everyone who’s raised their voices to support SCARS in the face of the WSJ article, that I decided to create an image that meant that to me. … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: The Cover For HUNTED!

I just got the cover for HUNTED (coming out this Oct), and I am SO thrilled! I LOVE it. I think it has both the tension and the feeling of the book, while saying visually that it’s a fantasy. In … Continue reading

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Self-Harm Is NOT Trendy

Many people are misinformed about self-harm. Gurdon is one of them; in her June 2011 MPRNews interview she says that “self-mutilation is almost trendy.” Whoa, there! Self-harm is never trendy. Self-harm usually comes from intense, overwhelming emotional pain or other … Continue reading

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I speak out again, this time on IRA’s Engage

I speak loudly again about the WSJ article that slammed Scars, and about #YAsaves & the wonderful support of the YAlit community, this time on IRA’s Engage: From Pain to Empowerment.

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YA Saves – Cheryl Rainfield speaks out

Yesterday WSJ slammed realistic, gritty YA books for being “rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity”, suggesting that books on such painful topics will make teens ugly, or even, in the case of self-harm, encourage such behaviors. Scars was one … Continue reading

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YA Saves

Yesterday an article called “Darkness Too Visible” appeared on the WSJ website slamming many YA realistic books for being “rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity”, suggesting that books on such painful topics will make teens ugly, or even, in … Continue reading

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