Category Archives: YA

Courage Spotlight – Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a quiet epidemic, hitting 25% of all women, and 7.6 percent of men at some point in their lives.  October is Domestic Violence month, for the millions of men, women and children who live within violent homes … Continue reading

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End of Year School visit

On Friday I traveled the 144 miles to Bloomington Illinois to meet with freshmen at Bloomington High School. I was invited by Keran Johnson, the school’s retiring Library Media Specialist (she’s in full countdown mode).  We met last fall when … Continue reading

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ALA 2013 – Attracting Reluctant Readers

I am now the author of two YA novels, one of which was a YALSA 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, and was on the School Library Journal list of best books for youth in detention in … Continue reading

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Attracting Reluctant Male Readers @ ALA 2013

I’M PRESENTING!! This Saturday at 1:00 pm, I will be making a presentation to the American Library Association in Chicago on Attracting Reluctant Male Readers. Normally I don’t start gathering butterflies in my stomach until the day before a presentation. … Continue reading

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Bolingbrook Author Fair – April 13, 2013

This was my second year of participation at the fair, held at the Fountaindale library in Bolingbrook, Il.  Many patrons were not aware of the fair until they heard library staff on the microphones telling them to come over and to … Continue reading

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Why I write

Being God comes out Feb 1. The book represents my commitment to writing quality books designed to attract both eager and the reluctant teen readers. Especially the kids known as reluctant readers. I truly believe that most kids who are reluctant … Continue reading

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YALSA Conference report – student understanding

One of the more promising things I heard at the conference was how English classes are working to give students the tools they need to pick books, along with tools to critically analyze the many messages they are bombarded with. … Continue reading

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Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award

A number of my friends in various writing groups received word yesterday that they are finalists in RWA contests – either the Golden Heart for unpublished authors, or the Rita for books published in 2011. Being ineligible for either (I am … Continue reading

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Sometimes kids just get it better than adults do

Several fellow authors have told me not to read my book’s reviews, but I can’t help myself. And frankly, most of them are favorable, so it’s usually a boost. But by reading them I have discovered an interesting trend in … Continue reading

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Interview with PULL’s “bad boy” – Malik Kaplan

The battle of the high school titans looms at Farrington High School with the arrival of new student, David Albacore. Senior Malik Kaplan is the long-term leader of just about everything in this school; guys don’t cross him and girls … Continue reading

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