Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tougher than the rest

Few people are writing harder edged teen fiction than Gail Giles, so I'm awed and honored with her positive comments about Nailed on her blog.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Working On The Highways / School Tour 2005 - 2006

Thanks to students, teacher, and librarians who hosted me this past school year. For those interested in booking a school visit, just jump over to my author visit website.

  • Academy of Holy Angels / Richfield (MN)
  • Big Lake High School / Big Lake (MN)
  • Carman-Ainsworth High School / Flint (MI)
  • Central High School / Evansville (IN)
  • Creative Arts High School / Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Crestwood High School Library / Dearborn Heights (MI)
  • Douglas County Youth Services / Lawrence (KS)
  • Fenton High School / Fenton (MI)
  • Hill-Murray School / Maplewood (MN)
  • Hopkins Alternative Program / Hopkins (MN)
  • Hudson High School / Hudson (WI)
  • Lake Fenton High School / Fenton (MI)
  • Langley High School / Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Lapeer East High School / Lapeer (MI)
  • Lapeer West High School / Lapeer (MI)
  • Lawrence High School / Lawrence (KS)
  • Lincoln Northeast High School / Lincoln (NE)
  • Middle Creek High School / Apex (NC)
  • Minnechaug Regional High School / Wilbraham (MA)
  • North Branch High School / North Branch (MN)
  • Notre Dame school / Hamilton (ON)
  • Roseville Area High School / Roseville (MN)
  • Sabis International Charter School / Wilbraham (MA)
  • Signature Charter School / Evansville (IN)
  • Snohomish High School / Snohomish (WA)
  • Stony Hill School / Wilbraham (MA)
  • Swartz Creek High School / Swartz Creek (MI)
  • Topeka West High School / Topeka (KS)
  • Watertown High School / Watertown (MN)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Promised Land

This is my pal Kaitlin - a soon no longer to be high school student -- whom wrote an article with me called "The Promised Land: Where Readers and Writer's Meet" for the spring issue of Media Spectrum. This is the journal of the Michigan Association for Media in Education.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Stand On It

Since all my books current and forthcoming feature characters wearing Chucks, I've noticed with interest the number of YA titles with All Star covers: Best Foot Forward, Totally Joe, Chloe Leiberman (Sometimes Wong), Minerva Clark Gets a Clue (Minerva Clark) , and Walking on the Boundaries of Change: Poems of Transition

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The New Timer

Random Reads: Teen Book Reviews: Nice review of Nailed from the Random Reads website, including this nice line: "Patrick Jones is clearly a Young Adult author to watch as he cements his future as a novelist with staying power."

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Big Muddy

Final school visit of the 2005 - 2006 today at Big Lake High School here in Minnesota. Just a great day talking to lots of students, including seniors who managed to at least pretend to be interested with less than ten days of high school left in their lives.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

57 Channels

Morning at Lake Fenton High School speaking with two folks from Flint YWCA about dating violence. Nice video report available from WNEM -Channel 5 (former home of Jim Peyton of weather watcher cartoon fame for us locals)

Monday, May 15, 2006

East Street Shuffle

Great time today @ Lapeer East High in Lapeer MI visiting mostly 11t5h and 12th graders, including many sporting colorful Chucks.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

My Best Was Never Good Enough

Mostly negative review of Nailed from Mindy!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Lucky Town

Great day at Lapeer West High School in Michigan; my second visit there with great group of students / teachers / readers / future writers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

All the Way Home

Had a great time today visiting Watertown Mayer High School here in Minnesota in an event co-sponsored by the Watertown Branch of the Carver County Library. The book club (two of whom wore chucks) is part of YALSA's Teen's Top Ten program.

Candy's Room, Mary's Place, and My Space

At the urging of Canada (the person, not the country), I've dove into my space.

Monday, May 08, 2006

We Shall Overcome

Two weeks overdue (no fine, however) is a quick note on the new Bruce Springsteen release: We Shall Overcome / The Seeger Sessions. While there's no E-Street band and no new Bruce songs, this tribute to Pete Seeger is another fine addition to the eclectric Boss catalog.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Tonight in Jungleland

Neat new feature at Amazon: the plog (which I assume is a the love child of a blog and a plug) for authors. What a very cool tool for an author to stick out in the Amazon jungle of authors.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

All I'm Thinkin' About

Mostly positive review of Nailed up at the alt teen blog / brave and brass book blog. The review points out, as have a few others, about Nailed being message heavy. Now, having been a reviewer for VOYA for twenty years, I certainly know the subjectivity of the review process. What's always perplexed me as a reviwer of teen books is whom is the review / book for because its not the same. The review is for the librarians reading the journals making purchasing decisions; the book is for teens. As I do school visits promoting Things Change, I'm struck by how difficult it is to pull from many teens the "ideas" and "themes" of the novel. They can talk about characters, plots, and scenes, but even with some guidance, the bigger picture / points don't come easy. So, yes, I agree in retro that Nailed is a little message heavy, but in my experience and in my opinion, if you want kids to get somethin' out of a pleasure read other than pleasure, you have to make it clear: maybe not hammer it; but you gotta let it stick out a little.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Human Touch

Spent morning autographing (and selling out of Things Change paperbacks) at International Reading Association annual conference held this year in Chicago. The power point of the presentation (on nonfiction for kids) is up at presentations webpage.