Sunday, April 30, 2006

This Hard Land

Nice little back and forth on SLJ webste about walking that hardline between providing information and engaging in censorship.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Give The Girl A Kiss

Nice review of Nailed from YA author Lara Zeises over at livejournal; she's the author of Contents Under Pressure among other finely edged YA novels.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Don't Look Back

Texas Library Association loves to have me speak anyway. At TLA sigining and speaking back on planet Houston.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I'm Goin' Down (South that is)

In Alabama this morning to present about reaching reluctant teen readers. Handouts available at presentations page.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Seven Angels

Thanks to the students / faculty at Academy of Holy Angels for hosting me yesterday for a book discussion / author visit. I was exhausted making the trip there, walking the three blocks down the street from my house to the school. Pictures - I hope - forthcoming.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Ties That Bind

In the acknowledgements section of Nailed, I forgot to list someone: Alex. Alex (now part of Hennepin County Library's Teens Online group) read an early ms version of Nailed, made lot of great comments and suggestions, but by the time I got ready to actually publish, somehow I'd lost touch with her. So until the paperback comes out; I know its not much, but its the best I can do, my gift is my blog entry, and this one's for you -

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

She's Got Soul

Here's the new tribute album to the great pop band The Dbs. One of the tracks ("She's Got Soul) is performed by the Chicago based The Injuired Parties, fronted by fellow Flintoid Larry Dean. Larry also provided the song titles (such as "Throw the Lions to the Christians") for Bret's band in Nailed.

Monday, April 17, 2006

From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

Back in the early 1990s, I put together the "Young adult librarian's help/homepage." It was designed to gather resources on and off the Web to help librarians serving teens. Well, things change and the torch has been pased to people like Miranda Doyle (see pix) and her page/plog: Check it out for lots of info, including new interview and a review of Nailed.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Countin' on a Miracle

Link to the almost all positive review of Nailed from Kirkus.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Living On The Edge Of The World

This February, I made a visit to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (the enemy of my hometown of Flint from the CANUSA games). One of the schools I visited was for homeless kids (The Notre Dame House). The teacher recently shared with me that my visit there had a "profound impact" on the homeless students. So much so, they're calling their graduation ceremony "Things Change" .

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Leap Of Faith

I'm headed to Atlanta in about a week to stand in the shadows of Giants like Chris Crutcher, Isaac Asimov, and Don Gallo by accepting the Catholic Library Association's St. Katharine Drexel Award. This award was established in 1966 under the title Certificate of Merit and renamed in 2002. Presented by the High School and Young Adult Library Services Section through the St. Katharine Drexel Award Committee, the St. Katharine Drexel Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the growth of high school librarianship.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Lift Me Up

Recent email in re Things Change (now in paperback):

I want to thank you for getting my sister to read!! She was NEVER interested in books or reading!! They are reading your book "Things Change" in her reading class and now she's hooked!!!!!!!! She said you came to her class and she was impressed she says she can't wait for your next book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know people must tell you stuff like this all the time but, I really mean it!!!!! She has Dyslexia and can't read that well so she never really read; ( She's only read TWO books all of the way through!!) So when she checked out your book to read what she missed I was shocked (She's always had a Library card but, only used it on movies and one book!) This is new!! So Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Streets of Fire

For those with a subscription to the Novelist database, my April 2006 "What We're Reading" column is up. Called "Streets of Fire" (all these columns share names with Springsteen songs) it looks at four new and one older teen novel, where the teen protagonists treat the truth like hot coals. In all of these books, the young men play with fire, and they get learned.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Two for the Road

  • Very strong review of Nailed (complete with a Rats Saw God reference) by Di Herald, author of books such as a Teen Genreflecting.
  • Belated link to nice review of Nailed (which is released today 4/4/06) in Publishers Weekly children's bookshelf.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Devils & Dust

Two nice reviews of presentation that Michele, Tricia, and I did at PLA.The YALSA new weblog contains an extensive if unsigned summary , and the Librarian in Black gave us kudos.