May 17th, 2010

In which I review three YAs set in the Northwest with a dystopian feel

In the Sunday Oregonian, I reviewed three YAs set in the Northwest and with a dystopian feel to them: Restoring Harmony, which is set in 2041 after the oil has run out; The Gardener, which is set in the present day but it about efforts to face a terrible future; and The Line
, which is set in America surrounded by an impenetrable border and ruled over a despotic government.

It’s a measure of how fast the Internet work that on Saturday, Joelle Anthony, the author of Restoring Harmony, started following me on Twitter, Teri Hall, the author of The Line, dropped me a note on LiveJournal, and SA Bodeen, author of The Gardener, posted about it on LJ.

You can read the article here

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"Dad, what does sodomy mean?"

The Portland Police Bureau puts together something called the "Operation Safe Summer" brochure for kids in grades K through 5. "Distributed annually through Portland Public Schools to all district schools, [it] mostly includes information about summer programs for children at the Oregon Zoo, Portland Parks and Recreation and other activities.

"But this year, the Police Bureau included a new feature on the back page, which shows a buxom female superhero trumpeting "Measure 11 An Oregon Law." The sheet includes a listing of crimes, such as manslaughter, unlawful sexual penetration and sodomy, that could cause juveniles ages 15 or older to be tried as adults. It also explains some violations, such as "Sexual Abuse 1: You are baby-sitting (sic) or playing with a small child. You have sexual contact with them by touching their penis, vaginal area, or anus, or by making them touch you in those same places. You will go to prison and could be there for 6 years and 3 months.""

Understandably, the brochure is leading to some awkward moments. School districts are now recycling the brochure, but it's not certain how many went out.

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Girl Stolen

Good news - Current YALSA Quick Pick Nominee list includes Girl, Stolen

This is so exciting to me, especially since Girl, Stolen isn't due out until September 28!

YALSA 2011 Quick Picks Nominations
Updated May 10, 2010
- Black, Jenna. Glimmerglass. Dana is about to find out more than she wants to know about the father she never met.
- Cooney, Caroline B. They Never Came Back. Could Murielle really be Cathy’s cousin who disappeared five years ago? [I LOVE her books]
- Elkeles, Simone. Rules of Attraction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel. From hating each other to sparks flying.  
- Fantaskey, Beth. Jekyll Loves Hyde. Jill Jekyll and Tristan Hyde team up for a chemistry contest hoping to win money and to cure a curse.
- Hall, Teri. The Line. Rachel has an opportunity to cross the Line, but is both afraid and excited about what lies beyond. [I just reviewed this for the Oregonian]
- Henry, April. Girl Stolen: A Novel. Blind, kidnapped, in a stolen car: will she survive?  [Wow - what a great single sentence - I’m memorizing it]
- Hubbard, Jennifer. The Secret Year. After Julia dies in a car accident, Colt struggles to hide his feelings from all those around him. [AKA writerjenn)
- Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown. Reese has been sentenced to Progress Juvenile Lockdown facility. But is he making any?
- Omololu, C.J.  Dirty Little Secrets. Lucy’s mom dies and she’s left with the mess.
- Peters, Julie Anne. By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead. Daelyn is determined to succeed with killing herself. [Another of my agent’s clients]
- Rainfield, Cheryl. Scars. Kendra cuts herself to help her forget. [I’ve heard good things about this one]
- Reed, Amy. Beautiful. Everything changes  - but not for the better.
- Schraff, Anne. Outrunning the Darkness. Jaris struggles to keep up his grades in spite of the stress of a depressed, alcoholic father, and trying to win the girl of his dreams. 
Schraff, Anne. If You Really Loved Me. Is it worth is to have a boyfriend even if he's no good?  
- Strasser, Todd. Wish You Were Dead. What if your wish, that all the mean, popular kids in school were dead came true? [Todd blurbed Girl, Stolen - and he doesn’t even know me!]
- Summers, Courtney. Some Girls Are. Things get really, really nasty when you’re not popular anymore.
- Teller, Janne. Nothing. Is it possible to prove life has meaning?
- Van Diepen, Allison. The Oracle of Dating. Top advice on dating – from someone who never has. [We have - emailed on Myspace - back when people were still on Myspace.]
- Williams, Carol Lynch. Glimpse. Lizzie has a secret she won't tell. Will her sister discover the truth?

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