Sunday, May 02, 2010

Your Pamphlet Awaits

This past week has been so full, I don't know where to start!  So instead of paragraphs of me blathering on, I will do another bulleted list.  I do enjoy making a bulleted list.  That is the only time in my life you will ever see me having anything to do with bullets.
  • Sonya Sones, the YA goddess and author of four amazing novels written in verse, was artist in residence at my school for three days this past week.  Not only was she fabulous with the students, but I found out we have tons in common (like we both took California road trips on our honeymoons!).  It was amazing talking about being an author with a person who is really an author.  Not that I'm not really an author, but she's, like, you know, famous for it.
  • I spent two days at the International Reading Association conference and got to hang with my Macmillan peeps, as well as running into or just watching from a distance a host of incredible authors.  I also bought waaaaay to many books for Romy, each one of them personalized for her.  This kid is going to have a most impressive book collection.  One autograph I did not get: Kevin Henkes.  Dude was like a rock star with huuuuuge lines.
  • GET WELL SOON will be going in front of the school board in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in my very first book challenge within the next month.  On the list of books being attacked by the ONE parent, Anne Wentworth, WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN'T KNOW by my girl Sonya Sones was already up and was selected to remain in the school.  I am planning on sending a letter to the superintendent to read to the school board.  First, however, I need to know the specific reason GWS is being challenged.  I'll let you know when I find out!  Lucky for me, I had the very-seasoned in challenges Sonya nearby to help me work on my board letter.  Who better to edit my letter than a woman who has a book on ALA's 50 Most Challenged Books of the Last Decade list?
I could probably go on with my bullets, but it's Sunday morning, and I am not feeling this blog post to be particularly hilarious.  Informative, maybe, but in a pamphlet sort of way.


Brian James said...

Good luck.

I also love Sonya Sonnes. "What My Mother Doesn't Know" is such a beautiful book. I read it when it came out and immediately got another copy for my little sister who was 13 or so at the time.

Julie H said...

Your sister is lucky to have a brother like you, Brian!

Brian James said...

She might disagree about that :)

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

How cool that you got to hang out with Sonya Sones?? I'm very jealous! She is awesome and What My Mother Doesn't Know was one of the first current YA books I read and it pulled me into YA fiction.

Good luck with the book challenge! I can't imagine what they would think needed to be challenged. Boo on book banners!

Heather said...

I read GWS and don't know of any reason to keep it out of school.

Julie H said...

Isn't Sonya great, GBTQ? And thank you, Heather. I feel the same way :)