nifty book site

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00April 12th, 2007|awards and honors, books, websites and weblogs|

I just heard from Mindy, one of the Cybils organizers, about a new interactive book site for children's and young adult literature. And Strong at the Heart has its own page there. At the Tandem Library Books site you can bring up four separate lists of recommended book in Texas state reading programs. (Strong at [...]

cybils announced!

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00February 15th, 2007|books, websites and weblogs|

The results are in. The Cybils---the blogosphere's own children's literature awards---have been announced. Many of you know I was a judge on the nonfiction panel. We had five amazing books to choose from. Our discussion was deep and heartfelt. And in the end we all were happy to select Russell Freedman's Freedom Walkers to receive [...]

survivors and heroes

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00January 26th, 2007|books, media, websites and weblogs|

Wednesday morning I grabbed a cup of tea, put a pile of books I hoped to talk about on my work table, and dialed in to Kathleen Brooks' studio phone line. A few minutes later we were launched into an hour long, intimate discussion about healing from abuse, role models, stereotypes of survivors, and the [...]

listen to this

By |2013-07-30T01:11:02+00:00January 19th, 2007|books, media, websites and weblogs|

Here's something well worth checking out. Dr. Kathleen Brooks' Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence broadcast on her Ethical Life website is a weekly Internet show dedicated to "providing a safe forum to get informed, share and participate in preventing, recognizing and reacting safely to child sexual abuse." A psychologist and survivor herself, Dr. Brooks interviews [...]

a little off topic

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00December 17th, 2006|books|

My local independent book seller turned me on to Mia's Secret, by Peter Ledwon and Marilyn Mets (Tundra Books, 2006). She wanted to know what I thought about it. I haven't been writing about picture books on child sexual abuse for quite a while, having gone over to the Young Adult/Adult side, but I've followed [...]

just listen

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00December 2nd, 2006|books, writing|

The first thing I did when I finished reading Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen, was to check out the Cybils website and make sure that this stellar young adult novel has been nominated for the YA fiction award. (It has.) Dessen really gets it. Really understands that people who have been sexually assaulted are not [...]


By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00November 22nd, 2006|books, media|

I just finished reading Sold, a free verse novel by Patricia McCormick, published by Hyperion for young adults. It's the first book of fiction--or nonfiction--that I've seen for teens that deals with child sex trafficking. The author has done a fantastic job. She really gets the accomodation that sexually exploited kids must go through and the role of hope in keeping a sense of self alive, even when that hope is misplaced...

Cybils and Westhaven

By |2006-10-26T10:12:08+00:00October 26th, 2006|awards and honors, books, events, Uncategorized, websites and weblogs|

Bloggers who are fans of children's YA literature have started a new award, the Cybil. Check it out and nominate your favorite book from the past year. I am homored to serve on the Middle Grade/YA Non-fiction award committee. And, no, Strong at the Heart is not eligible. Closer to home, I'm speaking at the Westhaven Center for the Arts, in Westhaven, California, this Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m...

survivors and sterotypes

By |2017-06-13T20:45:39+00:00October 4th, 2006|books, media, writing|

Where do you get your image of who and what survivors of sexual abuse can be? Do the survivors portrayed in books and movies accurately reflect real people's experiences--or are they projections of the creators' own fears and beliefs? This summer I sat down with recent young adult novels that have major characters who are survivors of incest, sexual abuse, and rape. It was eye opening to look at these books side-by-side and consider just what they tell young readers about surviving abuse. "Hero, Victim or Monster? an author looks at depictions of sexual abuse survivors in YA fiction" was just published in School Library Journal....