Sunday, August 27, 2006

Across the Border


Nice review of Things Change from British Columbia Library Association's teen summer reading review website.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Land Of Hope And Dreams

Nailed has been nominated for both the Quick Picks and Best Books for Young Adults lists produced by members of the Young Adult Library Services Assocition. Things Change appeared on the 2005 Quick Picks list.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Local Hero

I have an article in the Summer issue of the ALAN Review called "Stargirls, Stray Dogs, Freaks, and Nails: nonconformist protagonists in YA fiction." I'll also be presenting at the ALAN workshop this November.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Secret Garden



For those with a subscription to the Novelist database, my July 2006 "What We're Reading" column is up. Called "Secret Garden" (all these columns share names with Springsteen songs) it looks teen ficiton that is a little more serious than Gossip Girl, a little more sexual than Meg Cabot, and no doubt a lot more controversial than most young adult novels for showing teenage girls thinking, talking, and engaging in sexual activities. This crop of four new books by female authors (and one by a male/female writing team) go deep into recounting what happens when teenage girls enter the secret garden of love, sex, and all its gritty complications.

  • A Bad Boy Can be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  • Good Girls by Laura Ruby
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Galveston Bay (and all other TX places)


Nailed is nominated for the TAYHAS list. The objective of the Tayshas project is to motivate young adults to become life-long readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Dancing in the Dark

Nice review from a New Jersey newspaper. of Things Change called "Summer reading takes a dark turn."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Further On (Up The Road)

Nailed has been nominated for Teen's Top Ten (TTT). TTT is a part of YALSA’s Young Adult (YA) Galley Project, which facilitates access to advance copies of young adult books to national teen book discussion groups. See full list of other nominated titles, and get ready to vote in Octoberl

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Badlands




Two wonderful posts from the fascinating YALit Lovers blog: the first about how I'm their favorite author (those quotes around the word favorite are a real plus), and then the insightful comment about my hair compared to Helena Bonham Carter. This blog is OK!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Jersey Girls


One very strong, other not so much, reviews of Nailed from Mock Printz grew out of Bergen County Cooperative Library System in NJ.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Big Payback

David Lubar got all mused up about my cover story; read his ode

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My hometown (well, home state)



Nailed is nominated for a Great Lakes Book Award. The 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards will be presented Friday, October 6, at a luncheon during the Great Lakes Booksellers Association Fall Trade Show in Dearborn, Michigan.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cover me


A very "interesting" cover for August 2006 School Library Journal.