March 12th, 2009

Books for teens of color

Galleycat says, “They have sold nearly 5 million copies of their books. There are over 15 books in the series. They've received accolades from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, the Young Adult Library Services Association and were selected for the 2009 Quickpicks for Reluctant Readers. In fact, they are among the most buzzed about books in high schools and middle schools around the country.”

“What are they? The Bluford Series, published by Townsend Press. Come again? While you may have not heard of them, if you ride the subway in New York City or any other city and asked the Latino or Black American kid blasting his iPod next to you what the last book he read was (besides Twilight), it would probably be one of the Bluford Books.”

To learn more, clickhere.

[Full disclosure: I'll have to admit that I, a non subway-riding white lady of a certain age, have never heard of them.]



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"And there they were all in one place"

No, not a generation lost in space, but many Oregon Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will gather this Friday, March 13, 5-8 p.m., for the Barnes & Noble at Clackamas Town Center will host a celebration of Oregon children's authors. National Book Award winner Virginia Euwer Wolff! Carmen T. Bernier-Grand! Heather Vogel Frederick! Elizabeth Rusch! Deborah Hopkinson! And more! I'll be there, too, signing copies of my books - and with a free peek at the ARC for Face of Betrayal.


This is your opportunity to catch us all together.



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