Also read PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson (SPEAK, FEVER 1793, CATALYST). Our unlikely protagonist is more likely to drop out of school before graduation than she is to spearhead an effort to save the school prom after one of the teachers absconds with the funds kids have raised for the event. Anderson, never an author to settle for an easy story with a simple, straightforward solution, instead challenges readers' prejudices and assumptions, allowing them a rare glimpse into the mind of a young woman who is wholly real and entirely realized. It is refreshing to see something new from this incredibly talented writer.
Finally, got my flyer for the 38th annual Children's Book Festival in Hattiesburg, MS, in April featuring Kevin Kenkes, E. B. Lewis, Esme Codeil, Kathi Appelt, Avi, Wil Clay, Betsy and Ted Lewin, and Rose Anne St. Romain (and a workshop by yours truly). For information on registration, visit www.usm.edu/slis/bookfest
BSP coming here: I will be doing some all day YA seminars in the spring for Staff Development Resources. March finds me in the Big Apple in Newark and Long Island. In April I travel to the Windy City and to Minneapolis. For more info about coming to see me to heckle.........http://www.sdresources.org/default.asp