Today, a random mix. Kind of a "blog salad."
***One of the joys of reading is coming across striking quotable quotes, like these:
"My point here is that even under ideal circumstances, public-school
teaching is one of the hardest jobs a person can do. Most sensible
people know that. Anyone who claims not to know that is either a
scoundrel or a nincompoop ... "--Garret Keizer, "Getting Schooled," Harper's, September 2011, page 34.
"Will there never be an end to the cynical misuse of language by those who rule us?"--Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land
"I marvel at how unexciting it is to be famous, how mundane famous
people are. They're confused, uncertain, insecure, and often hate what
they do. It's something we always hear--like that old adage that money
can't buy happiness--but we never believe it until we see it for
ourselves."--Andre Agassi, Open: An Authobiography
***I'm currently the guest on Kitty Keswick's blog. What's special about her blog, "Discover Something Wonderful,"
is that she is working to open a NEW BOOKSTORE (are there more
thrilling words than those?), and the blog is a mix of author features
and her adventures in getting the store ready.
***My first book, The Secret Year, is up for grabs at Free Book Friday Teens, while an advance copy of my upcoming novel, Try Not to Breathe, is up for grabs at Goodreads
you're anywhere near Doylestown, PA, and you like YA, join Ellen Jensen
Abbott, Cyn Balog, Alissa Grosso, Amy Holder and me for Teen Night
at the Doylestown Bookshop, Friday September 23, 7 to 9 PM. Or if you
can't make it but want a signed book by one of us, call the store
(215.230.7610) and order one over the phone to be signed that night.
read this book last week and quite enjoyed it. It's a boy-meets-girl
story that tackles a couple of issues I haven't seen discussed much in
YA, and as a verse novel, it reads very quickly (perfect for reluctant
readers). I don't want to get spoilery, so I'll just state the starting
premise: a girl has set aside a day to herself right before she is
expected to undergo a life-changing event. She meets a boy who is facing
his own life-changing event. Together they seize this day, but they
can't stave off "tomorrow" forever ...
The Day Before, by Lisa Schroeder.
source of recommended read: bought